What Stays

Author: Rick Tobin “Get out of here, now!” Telerman yelled into his beleaguered colleagues’ faces over blaring dance music inside Omnia, as lights flashed around them, from above, over a vast dance floor of writhing partygoers. “Chill pill, Telerman,” Sheila Barsted…

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Conquer Earth With This One Weird Trick

Author: Marcel Barker Rrrtx class destroyer Ssstnbrx hung high over Earth’s southern pole, invisible and silent. Commander Tttx read from the onyx screen in front of him. 10 Facts About Bananas Doctors Don’t Want You To Know Beneath the English text, the display…

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The Flight

Author: Kevin P Michaels George Tompkins hated almost everything. He hated buildings for being too tall, he hated cars for being too loud, he hated animals for being wild, and most of all he hated people for being . . . people. George yearned for a time when things…

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Silo One

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer The cooling towers hum less at night, as the temperature drops in the world above. ‘The World Above’. Oh, how our leaders love that title. They use it everywhere, usually presented in ways that used to be reserved for heaven and similar…

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Blackstar

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer “Do you know what happens when a black star dies?” Tony asks, rhetorically, not waiting for an answer. “It collapses in upon itself, and in one last gasp, ejaculates a single burst of energy into the void.” His assistant nods, numbly,…

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Quiet Now Without the Bees

Author: Vivienne Burgess I remember Agni on your lap, myself on the faded mat in the mess hall, practicing knots. Agni couldn’t keep his head on his shoulders, but I was listening. You started with the small things, shutting your eyes to speak, said it was important…

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The Price of Sin

Author: Anthony Rove I am sorry, Samuel. You are thirteen and a man. Today, we go to The Grid. Oh, nephew. Shed your tears in here with me. You are a man now. And, as a man, it is okay to be frightened. It is okay to cry. I cry sometimes too. Sometimes, I am so scared…

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Avalon Avatar

Author: Kate Runnels Ara studied the Avatar for a moment, liking what she saw. It wasn’t enough like her to raise suspicions if anyone she knew played the game, but she would be comfortable playing in this body she had tweaked from the stock body given by the game…

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Replicatering

Author: Duncan Shields, Staff Writer “Look we rescued you, correct?” “Yes, but-” “You were floating in a derelict colony vessel. You were a corpsicle. A cryo refugee. We could have LEFT you there!” “Yeah, I know. You revived me and the other two hundred surviving…

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The Palace Gardens of Mhunghelvardh

Author: Sam Matey Nnenna Inkar Uzoma, first human consul to the Empire of Mhunghelvardh, walked out of her spaceplane onto the dais and into a fantastical wonderland. The palace gardens of Mhunghelvardh spread out below her, kilometers of alien vegetation in every…

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Save

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer We’d been down for a long while before Commander Bramson came up with the idea of linking to the orbiter, getting it to swing into low orbit and tractor beam us off this damn rock. I objected on the grounds that humans can’t extract…

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A Trick of the Light

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer Baxter found the fortune teller at the very back of the carnival grounds, as far away from the entrance as one could get without leaving the sprawling complex. It was either an afterthought or the origin point, which exactly was…

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Losing Saffy

Author: Kim Kneen “It’s rare but sometimes Saplings simply fail to thrive.” Dr. Moran peels off her gloves and drops them into a bin labeled Hazardous Waste. Moran hands me a leaflet entitled Recalls: your obligations and I stuff it into a pocket and bundle Saffy up…

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Martians is Lazy

Author: David Henson My daughter is marrying a goddam Martian. They’ll probably end up living with me and Edith ‘cause he’ll never hold down a steady job. Martians is lazy. Just ‘cause Mars was the first to be terraformed, they think they shouldn’t have to work, that…

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Eviction Notice

Author: Thomas Tilton Hard, mean knocks at the door. That would be Mr. Farcus, the landlord. Chuck was already two months behind on rent, and today was the fifth day of month three. Mr. Farcus was coming to collect. “Just a minute!” Chuck said, opening his closet and…

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Landfill

Author: Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Slow Jim Parker. That’s me, friend. Please to make your acquaintance. Nasty accident you had there, friend. Nas-teee accident. And I’ve seen some! And this shack of a hospital won’t do you any good, either, no offense. Well, I’m…

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Ten Any

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer It breached the atmosphere in the late evening, the sun beginning to warm the far side of the little blue planet as it tucked into the shadows and dropped down to the clouds. It swam in the moist air, swirling and cavorting with the…

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Security

Author: Servaya It began, as many things do, in the dead of night. “Dad!” cried the boy. “There’s monsters under my bed!” The covers were down before he was fully awake, and as he rolled smoothly to his feet, his mind begins processing the situation while his body…

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