Alternate 7453DO

Author : Joshua Reynolds Jon Stack # 1 crept towards himself, fairly panting with eagerness. He was hungry again. So hungry. Reality stretched and rippled around him as he approached his doppelganger. Jon Stack # 59 according to the Prime-Time Organic Advocacy Bureau….

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Welcome newborn

Author : Thomas H Edwards A shape floats silhouetted against the background of the nearby gas giant. I can make out four limbs and one smaller structure atop the central structure, a light blinked out from it, red and small. It meant something. A moment’s…

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Crutch

Author : TJMoore Joey walked through the carnival gate and stood mouth agape as he surveyed the vast array of amusements before him. Billy grabbed his arm and started towing him through the islands of people clumped around the main thoroughfare. “I want to ride the…

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Unexpected Consequences

Author : Patricia Stewart, featured writer Roy O’Donnell was working his way down the pre-launch checklist when I decided to make sure the cargo was secure. Normally, we only haul equipment and supplies back and forth between the Vinogradov mining facility on Mars and…

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Treasure

Author : Sarah Klein As soon as the hovercar came to a stop, they opened their doors and jumped out as fast as they could. Nicole strode toward the object, her eyes bright with joy. Drew dusted off his pants and approached more slowly, squinting in the hot sun. They’d…

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Exile on Bay Street

Author : Terri Monture The three days leading up to the executions proceeded with great fanfare and celebration; by dusk on the third day, with the sun setting in purple ultraviolet through the polluted sky the people were in a state of frenzied orgiastic ecstasy….

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Warp Vortex

Author : Patricia Stewart, featured writer Professor Murphy carefully reviewed the checklist of the Warp Vortex Generator. In a few minutes, it would be used in an attempt to divert a three kilometer asteroid from striking the Pacific Basin. This impact wasn’t going…

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Birth Day

Author : Joyce Weber I want to love them. Truly I do. But they keep shoving and pushing, wrangling around inside me till I want to rip my belly open and dump them out. There is no peace with them crowding my body till they almost feel like they will ooze out the very…

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Q204

Author : Sarah Klein I sat in the dark doom of my living room, gazing absentmindedly at the television screen. They’d be drawing numbers in about two minutes. I knew my number wasn’t going to be called, but I had to watch all the others ones fly by to make sure. If I…

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Human Proof

Author : J.R.Blackwell, Staff Writer When I was eleven, I tried to kill myself after seeing an old movie. In the film, a man cut his wrists with bits of mirror and then held them under steaming hot water. At his funeral, people piled flowers on his grave. Everything…

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Sensual Response

Author : Suzanne Phillips The scent is the worst part. Sweat, stale cigarette smoke, ethanol, ear wax, cheap hair gel. When your face, and therefore your olfaction sensor, is pressed against a client’s neck, it’s impossible to avoid it – you weren’t given an option to…

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Windows

Author : Helen E. Kourous Vijay had arrived early at New Windows on the World, expecting the worst. He knew she would be late, so he took the opportunity to adjust the mood of his BlueShark textile-display sleeve stripes to his personally-designed schema Variations on…

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Wishes Ain't for Hoboes

Author : Mur Lafferty, featured writer Cthulhu Bob and Hominy Jack were warming their hands over a barrel one chilly night on Londo 13, right outside of Hazy City, where hoboes were dumped after branding. Hominy Jack looked up. “Gonna snow.” Cthulhu Bob squinted into…

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Membrane

Author : Sam Clough aka “Hrekka” The two guards stared into the swirling fog. In the distance, both could see a black smudge. A person, on foot, crossing in from the outer edge of the membrane. “Him crazy insane.” Kit remarked, leaning with both elbows on the safety…

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Hyperspace

Author : Mike Frizzell They say your life flashes before your eyes in hyperspace. In only a millisecond, you can relive every excruciating moment of your life. Every rejection, failure, and utter humiliation is right there for your review, complete with the sounds and…

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Now We know

Author : TJMoore Virgil crept through the vent blinking as the hot, humid wind caused tears to stream from his squinted eyes. The condensation caused him to slip and slide on the smooth, sweaty metal as he lifted himself up into a side shaft. The constriction made the…

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Conductivity

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer “I’m not sure what you want with me.” The words came nervously in gasps as the little man pulled himself up off the ground and rubbed the circulation back into his wrists. “I don’t deal in data, I’m more of a ‘creative leveller’. In…

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Transporter

Author : Duncan Shields I was standing in the five star hotel’s transporter half a second ago. Destination: Corroway 6. Pleasure moon. I am now standing in a cold, dark concrete basement. One dying fluorescent light stutters the room with camera flashes. From what I…

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