Gone with the Solar Wind

Author : Patrica Stewart The finals of the twenty-fourth biannual solar wind races were in their thirty-ninth day. The race course was a 15,000,000,000 mile Z-shaped trek within the Alpha Centuri system. The Alpha Centuri system was considered ideal for solar wind…

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The Wall

Author : Benjamin Fischer “The Americans’ new weapon is unstoppable, sir.” The Admiral grunted. “That’s a bold claim, Commander Caswell,” he said, shifting in his deep leather chair before the wall of screens. “Care to expand on that?” “We weren’t…

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Original Death

Author : Martin Spernau This time it hurt. Which was rather odd. He could remember losing body parts in battle before, but never had it hurt. He clearly recalled losing most of his right leg to a direct plasma hit on his way into the bunker at 23-0-9. That had only…

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Potential Loss

Author : Steven Perez Ix looked out the main window, sighing as she viewed the once-vibrant blue world below her, now gray and barren. She wondered if the strange fate that befell this place could have been avoided, and was embarrassed to admit that she couldn’t…

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The Language Barrier

Author : Michelle Pitman The Janovian language is pure torture on the back of the throat, at least for those who haven’t learned it from birth. If we weren’t being paid for doing these language classes, I don’t think there’d be many of us left on the course. The pay…

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Altitudal Lapse.

Author : S. Clough Guy Daschien released the breath that he’d been holding. The seal between his helmet and collar snicked shut, and a little hiss announced that it had become airtight. He gripped each of his wrists in turn, pulling his gloves on tighter, making sure…

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Sshh! Quiet!

Author : Catherine Preddle Jericho sighed contentedly as he eased himself into the contoured leather recliner of the Virtual Library booth. He’d spent most of his lunch break scouring the Multi-Mall for an empty VL booth and was determined to make the most of the…

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Classroom 010

Author : B. York, Staff Writer The bell rang and the world became a bustling mass of eager students. Halls were like vessels pumping the mind-blood of the future through the academy to give it life. Each brain pattern that registered into the student ID banks was…

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Guerillas in Our Midst

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Janko was living the high life, running guns along the fringe and reaping the rewards just outside regulated space. People brought their goods to him, and he delivered them to those in need, those who could afford them at least. That…

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Binary Thinking 101

Author : Patricia Stewart The war against the Centauri was not going well. For the first two decades of the war, the combined forces of the Earth Coalition had battled the military forces of Alpha Centauri to a virtual draw. However, in recent years, the Centauri…

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The Delicacies of Zombiekind

Author : Kathy Kachelries, Staff Writer That Halloween, the ship decided to be a ghost. The ship itself wanted to use an oversized sheet, but Tommy laughed at the artificial intelligence and pointed out that there was no way his mother would be able to find a sheet…

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Footprints

Author : Jim Wisniewski They say the wind carries the souls of the dead, forever blowing to remind us of things past. At least, that’s what the kasht say, but then our worlds usually have less wind than Tun Ekshati. Most humans don’t believe it. Marcus might. He’s…

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Birthdays

Author : Curtis C. Chen When Stacy was twelve, she celebrated her father’s thirty-third birthday. It wasn’t actually his birthday. It was two weeks before his birthday, but he was leaving on a mission in five days. Stacy thought the party was boring. There were a lot…

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Almost

Author : Kat Rose Battle raged on around him, the constant sounds of gunfire ringing in his programmed earlike audio receptors. He, however, was oblivious to anything but the almost lifelike pain near where his navel would be, where the bullet had pierced his stark…

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It Takes All Kinds

Author : Daniel Nugent “And I expect you to show all your work on the problem sets. Points will be deducted!” shouted Professor Smith as his class began to shuffle out of the lecture hall. He began collecting his papers and tri-parencies from the holo-video podium. A…

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Biomass

Author : Duncan Shields, Featured Writer The nails slide out effortlessly from beneath the shizu skin of my fingers. The swollen carapace of my back splits in even sections and the hive breathes. The hum becomes a vibration you can feel in your chest. Something like…

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Ballroom

Author : Angela N. Hunt “We’re flying.” His voice is soft. Satisfied. Her smile never wavers, nor her posture or the angle of her head to the angle of her swan white neck. But the hand in his squeezes for a half-second. Her feet keep perfect time with his as…

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Doppleganger

Author : Duncan Shields, Featured Writer I’m standing in front of the safety glass and seeing the thing look up at me. Its legs end in black tentacles that look diseased. The fingernails of its left hand are very long. One nostril is dripping what looks like grape…

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