Alternatively

Author : Mur Lafferty, featured writer Dr. Emmett Black stumbled home, tears still streaming down his face. Katie was there, as always, with dinner. Wonderful, beautiful, sweet Katie. She rushed to his side. “Darling, what’s wrong?” She helped him to the couch where…

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Proctoring the Exam

Author : Grant Montoya Everything was prepared. My satchel carried all the tools. They could not be too advanced; I would not have access to gas or electricity, and batteries would only backfire my intentions. I checked my watch, which said it had plenty of life left…

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The City

Author : e b major Alissandra lay sideways on her balcony bed in a camisole and skirt, wings folded to the side. Twin tracks of pointless tears traced through the freckles dotting her face. Her eyes were closed now; she, engulfed in a final, hopeless dream. All she…

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The Enemy of My Enemy

Author : J. S. Kachelries The Flag Ship of United Earth docked with the Flag Ship of the Volk Empire (The home planet of the Empire orbits Barnard’s Star, the sun’s second closest neighbor). Three decades ago, these two “civilizations” fought each other in a…

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Prometheus

Author : Lucas Atkinson The smell is glorious. The simple cornmeal, oil and fish form an elusive synthesis in the air. I reach for a paper plate, inhaling and closing my eyes. Pulling at the biggest piece by the corner, I burn my fingers a little, but I tear it off,…

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Two Muffins, a Wrench, and an Oil Can

Author : Mur Lafferty, featured writer In the years following the cyborg wars, humankind toiled to return the world to the order before the chaos. “Rose, are you done with your lessons?” her mother asked from the den. Rose blew her bangs off her forehead, said,…

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Love Lucy

Author : Curtis C. Chen Lucy’s hand shook as she traced the stylus over the text of the contract. Her agent had assured her that this was a good deal, but she had to make sure there were no surprises. The house paid very well, much better than temping, and even…

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Phyx

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Phyx crossed the street at the East end of the bridge, the soft neon glow of the street vendor drawing him in out of the evening drizzle. As he stepped under the shelter of the umbrella, implants stimulated muscles and patches of…

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Invisible

Author : Chelsea Peloquin I wasn’t always this way, you know. It happened a long time ago, yeah, but I wasn’t always invisible. I don’t know exactly when it happened. I just know that one day I realized that there were no more calls on my phone, no more…

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Four Minutes

Author : Christopher Albanese With her eye pressed to the inside of the window and his eye pressed to the out, their lashes navigate the viscous silicate surface of the glass. Somewhere inside, they twine. The same happens at each of their fingertips — ten hers and…

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Station

Author : Duncan Shields , Featured Writer I wake up from a dream about bookshelves and the answers to life. The sheets are damp with sweat and tangled around me. I sit up and look around at my dark room, allowing my eyes to adjust. The stars twinkle outside my living…

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Interface

Author : CK “Synaptic couplers disengaged.” Andrei Milosovic sat up in the recliner, gingerly rubbing the back of his neck. He glanced at the control room window; his colleague there beckoned him up. The Institute had paid for the nanosurgery and training- all so…

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Cargo

Author : S. Clough aka ‘Hrekka’ “Excuse me, umm…” “Can I help?” Roisin responded pleasantly, turning to see who had addressed her. “My name’s Gillian…I’m looking for someone who could courier something for me…do you know…?” Gillian’s question tailed off. She…

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Twitch

Author : Duncan Shields , Featured Writer I’m a human channel changer for reality. I invented the device. I’m testing it on myself. I had my medibot install the absurdly simple wave generator in my cortex. If I concentrate in a certain way and jump at just at the…

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Heat

Author : Beth Boyle It was hot. It was always hot. There was no escaping it and there hadn’t been for hundreds of years. There was only the unyielding, unbearable sun and the empty horizon wavering like seasickness before her. Not that seasickness was really an issue…

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ICE

Author : TJMoore Conrad latched his helmet and checked his seals. The adrenaline was pouring into his system as he fidgeted in line with the others waiting for the lock to cycle. He was about to face his first battle against the ice marauders. Academy had been the…

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A.I.

Author : Duncan Shields , Featured Writer Artificial Intelligence. We sure screwed that one up. It was the holy grail of programmers for decades. From Turing up to Schellman and finally that bastard Candona. Candona found that humans get a sense of satisfaction from a…

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Mirror Girl

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer She had a feeling when he’d pulled up that this wasn’t going to be like every other night, and experience told these feelings were seldom wrong.  The car rumbled at the curb as he eyed her up and motioned her inside. “Hundred an…

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