Hungry

Author: Alan Moskowitz Other than a bottle of curdled milk, there was nothing in the refrigerator. Desperate, she grabbed the bottle with a skeletal hand and drank the brutally smelling mess down, hoping for a least some nutrition. It only took a few moments for her…

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Trader

Author: Dave Ludford I’d just entered the orbit of the planet Obran when the form of Senator Drex materialized; a not very welcome visit. I set the controls to manual and prepared myself for whatever was to come; Drex and I had crossed swords on several previous…

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Business as Usual

Author: Patricia Miller It was an odd commission, but no one but Grimbello Brothers had the wherewithal to pull it off. The client was quite specific as to the size and shape of a cask to hold the finest jewel in the kingdom. It had to be a masterpiece, she insisted,…

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The FutureScope

Author: David Henson I hold my breath as Dr. Wocker studies the results of my full body scan. “Well, Stan,” he says, “it’s fortunate we included the FutureScope diagnostic in your physical this year.” I sit straighter as if that will influence what the doctor’s about…

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secp256k1

Author: Gorilla Sapiens Well, spit it out boy, what did you find down there? Machines, sir, self replicating machines. I see, what were they doing? As near as we can figure, sir, they’re consuming enormous amounts of power and generating vast amounts of waste heat by…

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The Specimen

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer The room is unadorned. No evidence of tooling; not even a scuff mark mars the bare rock. No dust, no insects. Nothing moves. This place is still. It’s uncanny. Unnerving for some. Jeffrey Palist found it fascinating. He wiped himself…

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The Bright Beyond

Author: Josie Gowler “What do you see?” The last bandage came off and I opened my eyes, blinking hard. Even in the low lighting, everything was stark and clear. And astonishing, vibrant, like I could taste and hear the colours. But I wasn’t going to say that. That…

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Eternal Ocean

Author: I.W.Ray Lullabies are for the air Poets are of water Remember this well Do not mistake one for the other And then my dream state abandoned me to have me face my cruel fate. I was doing repairs on my spaceship and then a freak anomaly hit me. And now I’m in…

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The Mansions of the Sun

Author: Alzo David-West ​Hujen awoke. He could remember little, only the flames. His eyes adjusted to the straggling light that filtered through a charred silken curtain. He saw another survivor of the night: a standing door frame, its elongated shadow cast right-ways…

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Explain Yourselves

Author: Ross Clare “What exactly have you been doing all this time?” the alien demanded. The scientists of the Legacy Project stood in a loose group before it, shuffling awkwardly from one foot to another. Many were desperately attempting to avoid eye contact by…

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Jordan’s Girl

Author: Philip Carrigan Jordan didn’t leave a note before he jumped off that bridge. All he left was a brief voicemail: “It was just a fantasy, man, I didn’t want to hurt anybody. Turn Jonni on, you’ll see why I couldn’t stay. Just… just don’t tell my ma about her.”…

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Enigma

Author: Tina Ruiz “Sometimes I want to die,” she said. “Your soul is tired,” he replied. Oh, how right he was. Her soul was tired. She had spent her life fighting to be normal in a world that wasn’t. She struggled to fit in with people who refused to understand her…

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Monsters of All Sizes

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer The little AIbot skitters across the floor, legs not quite obeying it’s eager command to leap onto Rhonda and pester her until she gives in and plays with it. “Slow down, Saffy. You’ll break a leg again.” “Shan’t.” The tiny terror skids…

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The importance of self sacrifice

Author: Yvonne Lang I have always believed in self-sacrifice for the greater good. I could not comprehend how people knew our way of life was going to be the end of us but still continued. I remember when the last rhino died. People were sad, but they didn’t change….

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Night Patrol

Author: Robert Beech I’d been on the force a couple of weeks when I started doing night patrol. Night patrol is a rite of passage that all the newbies go through. It’s where you get to see what lies beneath the façade and see the city for what it really is. Night is…

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Just What I Want

Author: Warren Benedetto “Mom!” Amy called. “Package is here!” The delivery drone lowered the package onto the receiving platform, then buzzed back to the mothership hovering overhead. A pleasant tone chimed as the package slid into the apartment. “I didn’t order…

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Gesture

Author: Peter Arscott The shouts across the river were loud and human. On this side there was no noise and no activity, and the house stood between two oaks along the road. Close against the side of the house the man stood with a rifle waiting for the inevitable to…

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Becoming Human

Author: Kat Hutchson She looked at him with her huge blue eyes. “You have a Dollar, Mister?” With a quick glance at her, he noticed the delicate machinery shining through three straight cuts in her cheek, the plastic flesh hanging loosely over the left side of her…

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