Mutiny

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I looked at the dashboard with a mounting fear. The mutiny had gone off and turned messy. The company pilots had been killed when we blew the cockpit door. We’d had to execute our hostages. The airlock was empty now and their…

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Mythlabs

Author : Andy Bolt Senator Bigfoot sat at the top of the Eiffel Tower daintily sipping espresso from one of Café au Francais’ literally bottomless vortex glasses. His massive, gorilla-derived nostrils inhaled the artificially addictive coffee smell, and he smiled…

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Caution, Adults at Play

Author : Jennifer C. Brown aka Laieanna Mary passed the town’s graveyard, her eye on the mobile facility parked in an empty lot. The line trailing out from the small trailer door was already thirty deep, but a rush of people was only a few steps behind her. Linda…

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The Cave Witch

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer The witch is bony, skeletal, his spine in a permanent curve. His liver spotted hands tap on his rubber console, fast like shuffling cards. He cackles with glee, casting his code-spells. The only light in his little cave under the…

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Crowbar Subtlety

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer I work on Opingtu. Two-and-a-bit AUs from civilisation, on a good day. Lee thrust the crowbar into my hands, and set off down the corridor at a run. I swore, and ran after him. Me and Lee were as thick as thieves — always had been….

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Off Key

Author : Andy Bolt It started when a song got stuck in Jola Ndenga’s head. She had just gotten the new aMix mp12 player, the one that could store a theoretically infinite number of sub-quantum sound files and injected just under your cochlea. They had just become…

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Heroes

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Circa 2086, the war with the Epsilon Eridani System was currently on hold, as leaders from both worlds were attempting to negotiate a truce. However, most of Earth’s military advisors were against a truce, because the Earth…

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Race

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I am miles underwater. I’m the only human competing. I’m riding a ten-foot cretaceous seahorse named Cheval. I pronounce it ‘shovel’ as a private joke. No one here would understand the mispronunciation. There are…

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Amnesty

Author : Dee Harding I have it in my hands, but I don’t understand it. Mirah peers over my shoulder, grins in my periphery, and pokes at it. The amber clouds react to the gravity of her digit instantly, particles drifting into a new configuration of spin. As she…

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Night Shades

Author : Roi R. Czechvala The young couple slept peacefully in their bed while powerful, dark forces worked against them, against mankind. Two malevolent figures watched them from the darkness, their eyes aglow. These two creatures descended from races older than man…

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Bar Room Brawl

Author : Jennifer C. Brown aka Laieanna Getting off the shuttle, Teddy shoved his way through the crowded corridor, eyes focused on the nearest destination locator. When he was in range of the sensors, the map of Los Angeles lit up in various colors. The locator…

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Pawned

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Eerin wasn’t sure exactly how she came to be in the pawn shop, and yet here she was. When she’d left her apartment in the Brodsky building, she’d been intent on going for coffee, but rather than the chrome and glass and fragrant…

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Long Division

Author : Kathy Kachelries, Staff Writer “You haven’t changed a bit,” Aja said, though her eyes avoided her sister’s face. Saj noticed the hesitation, noticed the way Aja’s bangs (gray and black, like soot-streaks on the walls of a bombed-out Akari factory) hung thin,…

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Chronolicide, She Wrote

Author : J. S. Kachelries It was a bright sunny morning when Angela Lansfield headed toward the Town library in Mendocino Cove. She was researching time travel for a new mystery novel she was writing. However, prior to diving into Hawking’s time travel theories, she…

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Neanderthal Ted

Author : Andy Bolt Sometimes, it’s fun to be surrounded by an army of mutant water buffalos with horrible skin conditions and bizarre, temporally unstable face tentacles. Other times, I’ll be running through Brazil and suddenly, one of the local amphibians will…

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Baby, oh baby

Author : Debbie Mac Rory Jeremiah Founders swallowed nervously and licked parched lips for the fourth time. Meeting the eyes of the enforcers standing opposite him, he gave a small nod, and they released their charges. Jeremiah winced as the woman hit the floor with a…

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Din

Author : Kyle DeBruhl “That boy’s a hatchet.” She spoke with absolute resolve, setting her half finished mug on the counter as she did so. Her lips carefully sounding the words out and letting each one linger for a moment before dissipating in the air. Dennard…

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Sweet Dreams

Author : Debbie Mac Rory Jennifer staggered and fell to the ground. Barely feeling the impact, she forced herself forward, straining her tired legs to run faster. Throwing a glance back over her shoulder, she let out a strangled cry. The strange figure was still…

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