The Wild Hunt

Author: Andrew Schoen Diana plucked her heavy bow from the infinite abyss. With its tremendous weight suddenly lightened, she extended her weapon high overhead, signaling that the hunt was about to commence. But this was not any ordinary hunt conducted by earthly…

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Etiquette (and Warfare) for the Modern Swamp Monster

Author: Abi Marie Palmer As even more swampland is polluted by the humans, swamp monsters such as you and I must leave our natural habitats to pursue careers in the city. This is the end of an era for our kind: Gone are the days when a creature of the sludge could…

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Poor Humans!

Author: David Barber The humans are back! This time there were no deaths. We surrendered the moment their spacecraft landed. A carefully orchestrated show of humiliation and ritual throat baring. Now they stride amongst us, arrogant but wary. How are we to be trusted…

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Life After The End

Author: Ádám Gerencsér Happy End. Damn. I had reluctantly become the Hero, went on a journey that changed me, prevailed over the oddest of odds, put a distressed damsel out of her misery, defeated the menacing genius and renounced the spoils of victory, save for a…

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Wingman

Author: Kelly B. Johnson The clear pot of water came to a boil. Wiping his hands clean on his apron, Monty waved a two-finger gesture over the stovetop’s controls, to lower the heat as he walked past it. He stopped short of the adjacent T-unit. “Hey!” with an ear…

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Serviceable Parts Inside

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer Dorothy sighed and pushed herself back from the gurney on which her husband’s motionless body lay. Not for the first time she wondered if she shouldn’t just throw in the towel and buy a new one. His head plate removed, and the…

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I Give the Guns

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer “You have to understand. He is an exemplar of all that is godless in our society. He and his ilk will lead us down the road to perdition.” I reached out and lifted his chin with a finger. “What will you do afterwards?” He looked…

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Rent, robot

Author: D J Lunan From open-cast cobalt mines to litter-foraging on landfill, BudBot’s rental armada of vaguely-affordable ‘displacement robots’ were sanitising the human labour from the most awful, unsafe, and extreme jobs. Sitting in her mother’s basement in…

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Screenshot

Author: David Gianatasio *Click, click, click!* It’s on every channel. See what I mean? The show’s been off the air for years — what the hell? It wasn’t even that popular. There’s nothing on the screen. Excuse me? There’s nothing on the screen. Pfft. Maddening. Maybe…

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Mirror, Mirror

Author: Helen M. Merrick She turned, scrutinised her profile. Dressed head-to-toe in designer couture, she was a vision of smooth accentuated curves with long, slender legs and breasts a supermodel would be proud to thrust on the catwalk. Stroking her contours, her…

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Once More, With Feeling

Author: Matt Forshaw It will not heal because I pick at it. I peel back little dry threads of skin from the edges of the wound, and they unwind around its circumference like old, coarse rope. When the scabs on the surface thicken like dirty ice growing solid over a…

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Fate Scan

Author: David Barber “The procedure is not an estimate of your lifespan,” the voice said. “It is not like actuary tables. Nor will it tell you the cause of your death. All living things follow a trajectory in time which the scan tracks to the moment of your death. You…

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Steady Zen

Author: Brian C. Mahon Blank mind – you got to have a blank mind and no emotion out there. I do my thirty-second deep breathing routine, knock loose the naughty words from my cerebrum, and stare at the door latch. Is it worth it? A man needs to eat after all, but how…

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Ms Lonely Planet

Author: Thomas E. Simmons The rooms are less than luxurious. Indeed, there are no rooms as such. Instead, an assortment of squalid pup tents greets each visitor. Pitched there haphazardly among the campsites nearest the inclines are numerous corrosive mists of carbon…

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Empty Lot

Author: Kim Farrell The thick foggy sky seemed to press down on her in the empty lot. A tangle of leaves and branches scraped across the vacant space where the kitchen used to be. She could she her mother standing before the hot stove, stirring a large pot of bubbling…

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They know, they always know

Author: Bryan Pastor “It started over a year ago because I couldn’t find a pair of wireless earbuds that worked.” Tom began telling the stranger sitting next to him his story. He paused, looking around. The diner was crowded for a Wednesday. There was a youth soccer…

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Lonely

Author: Alan Moskowitz It was just a tiny blemish on her thigh. She smiled at the memory and then gave it a few swipes with her fingernail to stop the itching. She went back to work on her computer. Data entry – boring. But it kept her fully engrossed twelve hours a…

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A Librarian

Author: I.W.Ray “Please stop?” I scream. Ten minutes ago, I had the most devastating news one could ever imagine. Everything became worse two minutes ago. A wall of fire is devouring the room that contains diaries and handmade books of children. The enormous room will…

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