Newsflash

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer “I can see it from here, Duke, and it’s quite something, I can tell you. Let me give you and our other listeners what I see. I’m on Parliament mound, facing south. The river Thames is a shallow umber trail flowing sluggishly from west…

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Clinching the Semi-Finals

Author : Anthony Rove King Alexander—that was the name he had chosen for himself, anyway—leaned back on his throne. It wasn’t very comfortable. After a lifetime of resting his considerable girth on plush synthetic fabrics, the primitive wood-on-iron chair hurt his…

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Orbit

Author : Andrea Friedenson “Such an expressive planet,” Lana said. I watched the reflected light from her monitor flow reds, greens, and blues across her perfect face as she admired the image of Earth that floated before us. The data visualization made the planet seem…

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Mighty Pet

Author : Jules Jensen The gray fur was dry and dull. The small hollow horns on his head were curly and crooked. She stroked a finger over the horns. He closed his eyes, like he enjoyed the touch. The claws on his four paws were long. They needed to be trimmed at least…

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Father

Author : Matthieu C. R. Cartron “And why is it that you wish to explore deep space?” said Allen, the director of the space program. It felt like an obvious question to Gyron. Why did anyone wish to explore the unknown? For the same reason no doubt. “Exploration is the…

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Reality

Author : Jules Jensen I stopped and sighed, and then crossed my arms. This wasn’t a normal game animation, but there was no one out this far, so I didn’t have to pretend. A field of short grass met up with a lake. It was peaceful. And it was hot. I hated the heat, but…

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The Cow

Author : Charles Paul Wallace Ashura contorted her body, thrust her arm through the jagged rip in the ship’s inner hull and aimed the flash-driver at the stuck bolt. Which, as ever, refused to turn. She slumped back down to the shrapnel-strewn floor and considered her…

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The Waiting Mist

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer The rolling glens of Morglanwe sweep gracefully down, their bases hidden by the long grasses that gird them. From this side of the gently waving grass sweeps a scattering of low dunes that back the beach on which we stand. In the…

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Remember

Author : Liam Hogan “What do you remember?” It was what they asked. Teacher, Scientist, Mother. The same testing question, always. Heads bowed, we stared at our desks. We didn’t understand why, but we knew the question was dangerous. “I… I remember…” a voice crept…

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Sun Piercer

Author : Philip Gustavus Hostetler It wasn’t enough that we could destroy the world with ICBMs. Underground bunkers utilizing solar, wind and tidal power. Seed banks, stem cell grown proteins, aquaponics. It all makes life very liveable in the human, civilized sense….

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Teaching a Frog Calculus

Author : Matthieu C. R. Cartron It was after several hours, and, several brief outbursts, that Henry came to a most significant conclusion: A frog simply cannot learn calculus. Henry was a very smart nine-year-old. So smart, in fact, that he was already taking college…

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My Whole Heart

Author : John Gerard Fagan The air inside smelled of bonfires. He shivered and fastened the boy’s jacket to the top. “Try and sleep,” Claud said. Broo replied with silence, staring at boots that were too big for his feet. They huddled together on the ship’s metallic…

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Faint Blue Ornament

Author : C. James Darrow From ninety six million miles away Earth looks like a faint blue ornament hanging off something unseen. Every ounce of life our solar system cradles and keeps warm is on that pale speck and from this distance it all seems so insignificant….

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We That Are Left

Author : Alex Smith Six of them stood around the grave, silent. It was the first time they had lost a soldier. For a long while, nobody moved. The air was still, disturbed only by the whirs and clicks of their implants, and the gentle humming of respirators….

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Help! I’ve Got a Human!

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer (We hope you’ve linked after following our Intergalactic Most Requested: Should I Be Keeping a Human? infoburst. If not, link it before continuing.) IMPORTANT: if you bought your human for a sub-adult of your race, please void the…

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Tether

Author : Russell Bert Waters She slept as he observed her for the final time. The moonlight brushed the canvas of her skin with a paint that revealed her natural beauty. He yearned to wake her, to spill his regrets out in one long glut. He would not do this, of…

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A Piece Of Cake

Author : David Henson Ellen watches as the machine, bigger than Harold, starts vibrating, its red and blue lights blinking slowly. Gradually the vibration becomes a loud grinding sound and the lights a purple blur. When everything stops, Harold swings open the large…

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Analyze

Author : Jules Jensen The world is dangerous. “Yes, I know this.” No, you don’t. People will kill you for water, for food, for anything you have that is even slightly better than what they have. They don’t care about your past, your present, your future. They don’t…

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