Market Special

Author : TJMoore The butcher brought his cleaver down with a meaty “THUNK” and scraped another festipods head into the waste bin. He hung the shimmering body on a hook in line with a dozen or so just like it and grabbed another from the pile. “These are as fresh…

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Pickup

Author : Duncan Shields , Featured Writer It was the numbers tattooed on the backs of their necks that always got me. Why couldn’t they have them in a more obvious place? Halfway through a conversation with them, I’d still be trying to catch a glimpse of their…

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Oak Island

Author : Alasdair Stuart The last morning, we gathered on the beach. Someone made the inevitable Nevil Shute joke and too many people laughed. The noise was braying, desperate and I moved away from it, worried, somehow that I might get some on me. ‘Leigh?’ Vanya…

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Resuscitation

Author : Josh Romond The neurosurgical tech Andrew Asher clutched his overcoat tight over his scrubs and tried to concentrate on the National Guardsman eying him across the barricade. Overhead the city’s kilometer-long support pylons reverberated like infernal…

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Dock Worker

Author : Duncan Shields I am a dock worker. I have an embarrassing case of Stalactiform Blister Rust forming on the backs of my support pistons. I still have the brute strength needed to perform the heavy lifting needed in my job but I am becoming obsolete. I’ve had…

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Reanimation

Author : Catherine Preddle “What the hell happened out there, Corporal?” “General… General Dalton, Sir…” The young soldier stammered in surprise and tried to sit up at the same time. “Easy, son. Lie back down.” Christ, the General thought to himself,…

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Flash! Gordon

Author : Ahoten Sulciphur Finally starting to become clear. Granted, clarity was a fuzzy concept at best after all this time, but the flash was starting to wear thin. Like the man across the room, pushing his way through the milky white smoke that settled in the air…

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Threat

Author : Sad Sama “You’re serious?” The Rear Admiral of the Arizona Fleet questions his superior for the first time in twelve years. First Resident Menos stands with hands clasped behind his back, morosely watching the field of stars passing the windows of the command…

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Mega Flare

Author : Patricia Stewart The ship had left Earth orbit 77 days ago. They just passed the halfway point on their supply mission to the Lowell Colony on Mars when the solar flare warning alarm began its variable whine. “Computer, deactivate the alarm,” instructed…

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Dig

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer “Son of a bitch!”. The Station Chief cut off comms with his boss, dropping back heavily in his chair before planting two battered boots against the desk frame and propelling himself away from it in disgust. “They want us to stop…

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The Inspirer

Author : J. S. Kachelries As Archimedes lowered himself into his bath, water lapped over the top edge and spilled onto the floor. “Damn it, you fool,” he cursed aloud, “You overfilled the tub again.” “Not necessarily, master,” I pointed out. “It’s not…

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In Memory of Persistence

Author : Duncan Shields I’d like to remember her the way most ex-boyfriends remember their exes. That is to say, when I’m drunk and missing her, I want to remember that space right under her ear, her easy smile, and that way that she’d hiccup if she laughed too…

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Decommissioned

Author : Michael Herbaugh a.k.a. “Freeman” I’m sitting That’s my first thought I can’t move my hands That’s the next thought. Then like a lightning bolt, I’m fully conscious. I know where I am and I know why I am here. “WAIT! I can prove I’m human! When…

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Robbie's Repair

Author : Selena Thomason Robbie woke to find himself in a strange room. A man appeared at his side. “How are you feeling?” he asked, placing a hand on Robbie’s metal shoulder. “Strange,” Robbie replied slowly. “Do you know who I am?” “No.” “It’s not surprising you…

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The Sounds of Music

Author : Kaj Sotala On the remote planet of Niere IV, countless minds were constantly being played for a vast audience of listeners. Deep within the planet’s crust, the brains were enclosed in immense suprasteel vaults, floating in vast chambers of nutrient liquid….

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Homecoming

Author : Debbie Mac Rory Daniel fell to the grass so that the air from his lungs exited with a whoosh. He closed his eyes and let the cool of the earth leach the tension from his shoulders. When he opened them again, clouds drifted serenely by, lit by the twin moons…

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Hey, Rube!

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer “You know, puny human, you’re about to die?” The voice reverberated off the store fronts, assailing the ears like broken glass. “You think you’re faster? That you can outgun me?” The biped stood stoic, unusually tall and peculiarly…

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Quiet

Author : Pyai She tapped me on the shoulder as I placed the rubber lid over the last of the macaroni casserole. I didn’t turn around. “You’re quiet,” she said. She knew. I nodded. One of the caterers came over to me and took the dishes away from in front of…

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