Ephemeral

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Ephemeral. That’s a word I like. It means fleeting. It means transient. There used to be a whole genus of insects called Ephemeroptera. They were called that because they lived for less than a day. The word is also used poetically…

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Lt. Ray

Author : Roi R. Czechvala “You’re sure these ships are safe?” Admiral Chekov asked, as he cautiously approached the tiny matte black fighters. They reminded the Admiral of the ancient projectile points used by the aboriginal people of the Siberian steppes. “Of course…

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The Nullusvir Virus

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Mitera was a beautiful semi-tropical world orbiting Alpha Koritsi in the constellation Virgo. Mitera was the first known parthenogenic planet; that is, all species on the planet were exclusively female. Although this asexual…

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Of Icarus and Politics

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer It had started as a series of simple disagreements, but it was clear before too long that at the heart of the matter was a fundamental difference in driving principles. James had spent his life in aeronautics, building anything that…

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Nerve Sensors

Author : Pavelle Wesser “I’m through with you, Taylor,” Geena said as she stomped down the street. She looked beside her; he wasn’t there. She turned to see he had fallen behind: “Taylor, did you hear me?” He stared through her: “I want not your identity.” “What is…

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>Search For Life

Author : Glenn Blakeslee I was in the flight center when the first probe went out. The heavy lifter rose on the obligatory pillar of flame, tracked across the south sea, ejected its boosters, and achieved orbit.
 I was still in the flight center when the probe…

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The Exhibit

Author : Summer Batton “Oh look! They have grass ‘n water ’n little huts, too!” squealed the little girl as she ran to press her face against the glass and get a closer look. “Milly, get back here!” demanded the Nurturer with a click of her tongue. “Don’t scare them….

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Children

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I hate my children. They are the culmination of a lifetime of hard labour. I started out as a bright-eyed 18-year-old genius picked by the government for my brilliance. I’m 68 now. Fifty years. It all gets a little blurry. My…

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In Space

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Carter had watched the glittering mass approach his ship with a strange kind of indifference, simply stared as it washed over his bow view port and coated his freighter without ever considering the possibility it may be hostile. As…

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Prisoner

Author : Guy Leaver For days I was kept there. Held prisoner within a tailored cage, unable to move a muscle. Incarcerated into solitary confinement, with only my thoughts and emotions for company. No food did they give me; I knew not how I was sustained. I knew only…

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You Might Be A Green-neck If…

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The Martian comedian had the audience at the Olympus Mons Laugh Factory rolling in the isles. They roared approvingly at his popular “green-neck” humor. Well, everybody in the audience was laughing but Martin. Martin was an…

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Set Me Free

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer Peter sat on the harbour wall, coat high around his neck in an effort to keep out the spray of water in the air. The freezing mist had a way of insinuating itself between layers of clothing. The sea roared defiance to sky, and at the…

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The Zimmerman List

Author : JT Heyman Joe Zimmerman was walking down Main Street when the Cken Confederation teleported him aboard their ship. He found himself standing on a small dais in the ship’s central chamber, surrounded by the staring eyes of several dozen Cken council members. A…

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Rainmakers

Author : Aaron Springer Papa said that they had to give us gifts. I like gifts. The big dirty man gave Papa a basket of plants and Papa smiled. Papa promised to go back to the sky and make it rain for them. I liked watching Papa make it rain. All the colors on the…

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Homecoming

Author : Roi R. Czechvala The orbiter hung inverted over the blue and white sphere of Earth. Three suited figures darted around her, checking for damage from the launch. “How’s it looking Alexi,” came a disembodied voice over the suits com-link. “There are a few small…

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Good Evening, Mr. Staden

Author : Phillip English Deep in the centre of the replanted and repopulated Amazon jungle, it was nearing midnight. Chieftan Sral Kunk was completing the final adjustments to his tribal attire, making sure that each bloody line he had painted on his body was curved…

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Deliquesce

Brachyuran Shifter ships poured themselves though the Dreen wormhole; in seconds they would deliquesce to reform light years away. Then the skies above the bulbous undulating Freddyan busker hive would darken and collapse into a million blood red shards…

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Mech Cloud

Author : Chris McCormick Crouching slightly, she trod softly towards the small brick hut. Her cloud poured through the door ahead of her, flooding the small room, and through it she felt into each corner. She brushed over each surface, carefully checking for…

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