Learning to Walk

Author : Beck Dacus I knew she was weird well before I talked to her. Why? Simple: she tripped. Nobody walked around without Antrips. These little computers in motors on your knees can predict when you’re unbalanced, and the braces connected to them around your upper…

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Growing Up

Author : Garrisonjames It isn’t extinction if we’re all still alive. It isn’t an apocalypse if the process of societal transformation brought on by accelerating technology eliminated all the old problems like poverty, taxes and death. It isn’t any kind of dystopia or…

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Sisyphus

Author : Callum Wallace Bob and Dave were digging. Neither was sure what they were digging for, nor when they had started. Bob’s hole was bigger though, and he knew this was good, for some reason. He vaguely remembered an old story, a myth, about some chap who…

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People Pleaser

Author : Kraig Conkin Being a state of the art security drone, the People Pleaser 2200 didn’t feel the need to celebrate milestones. It held no sense of personal accomplishment, so when it’s internal logic board reported that ten days had passed without a single…

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Life Goes On

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer When the last of the ships left, they blasted craters a mile deep in the earth, so large it would take the better part of a day to walk their circumference. The ground at the bottom of these holes had been heated to molten, and had…

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Sympathy’s Burden

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer Crystallized atmosphere streams in slow motion from shattered windows and blown-out doors. It catches the light and paints rainbow banners against the starry night beyond the curved expanses of cracked supraglass. This was Balyen…

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Lower Education

Author : David Henson “Tommy and Sally, fly down to your seats and turn off your levitation belts, OK?” Miss DeRozan says gently. The two children ignore their teacher at first, then glide down to their places. “Let’s get started,” the teacher says. “We’re going to…

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Love and War

Author : Dylan Otto Krider I don’t believe in love, but spent my entire professional life studying it, the last ten years in your lab. Our compatriots believed in it. They believed it made us human, separated us from the animals. They think love was the basis of…

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Sudoku’s and Marbles of Ebony

Author : Joachim Heijndermans “Hello? Is anyone there? I can’t see. Is anyone out there?” “Yes, I’m here.” “Who are you? Where am I?” “I’m Kon. Can you tell me who you are?” “My name’s Harry. Harry Fitzpatrick. I’m an accountant for a firm on 8th street. I…I don’t…

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The Fast Lane

Author : Gray Blix “Pangaea,” we nicknamed the planet, after its one-island-continent which resembles Earth’s Paleozoic-Mesozoic supercontinent of the same name. I was showing Krispie, named after a… well, you’ll see, the relative motions of our two planets around…

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Wanted: Senior Data Analyst

Author : Alicia Cerra Waters Once a month, someone had to delete the files of the undesirables. It was an easy job; go into the server room, which was illuminated by the light of countless green-glowing network ports, punch in a command, and watch as a neon status bar…

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Dead Reckoning

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Tran adjusted the grapples on the Canbarro reactor core slung under the ship from the relative comfort of the cockpit. He balanced the load as close to center as possible, making sure to clear the four point vertical thrusters he’d…

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Merlin Everywhere

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer Old Avon looks up: “That’s going to cost you.” He always says that. Doesn’t matter if you pick up a piece of twine or a gold ring, his opening lines are fixed. I grin: “Can’t be worth much if it’s ended up here.” “It’s here for…

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An Empire With No Place for Us

Author : Garrisonjames They used to joke that the world would eventually be taken over by cockroaches or rats. Both are pretty much extinct these days. We’ve all been done-in by the ants. Tiny, insignificant little creatures we used to crush under our thumbs, poison…

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Fight or Flight

Author : Beck Dacus The engines stopped burning after a full year of deceleration, and all the ships turned to face their destination. The mechanics triple checked the cannons before opening their compartments, and did touch-ups on all the fighters before deploying…

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500 Photons

Author : Nick Wood Five hundred words Izzy. Further we go, less we get. No pictures either. We lose bandwidth as the vast miles mount, so my words must be enough. We’re beaming photon packages with data ten light years back. Latest planet-hope is called Delteron-9….

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The Interconnected Mind

Author : J R Hampton T- minus 14.6 minutes to impact. The automated voice of the starship crackled. Dazzling lights from the control panel snaked intricate patterns across the monitors. As he reached out to touch the buttons, Commander Singh’s hand seemed to vanish…

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Numb

Author : Philip Berry “Is it surprising, really? After what they did to you, that you can’t feel a thing.” But I could feel. Too much. My skin was on fire. “No Lana, I mean really feel. Perceive emotions. You can’t.” But I could sense my own. Disappointment. Regret….

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