Peace Offering

Author: Roger Ley Riley signed for the package and came back inside the house. ‘What was the delivery?’ asked his wife Barbara looking up from her tablet? He looked at the label. ‘Actually, it’s from Estella.’ ‘Your ex-wife?’ ‘How many other Estellas do I know?…

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RE: The Impending Invasion

Author: Abigail Hughes Current Proprietors of Earth, We are drafting this letter in response to the riots that took place outside of our headquarters, in the hopes of putting toxic rumors about our organization to rest. If your protest taught us anything, it is that…

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Eternal Vacancy

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer She placed the order online, as she had done before. No credit checks anymore, no profiling questions, just pick a time and a place, and the service guaranteed her date would be on-time and appropriate. She showered and partially…

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Depths

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer I’ve travelled distances that make oceans seem like ponds. I’ve dealt with solar flares and meteor storms, flown half-blind and bleeding from situations that would make a sane man scream for his mother. As I look up at the snow-white…

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Echoes Through the Cavern of the Iris Black

Author: Hari Navarro I found a way into tomorrow but when I got there it didn’t care. Though I burrowed deep through caverns cold and waited patiently for the drugs to take hold this newest of days it took no heed, no, for me this day it could care not one bit. For…

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Man Without a Trace

Author: John McLaughlin “Will it hurt?” “No, just feels a bit weird. Like your veins have turned to ice.” The tech switches on the IV and they hear the gentle hum of the pump kick in. She’s correct; a deathly cold is already gripping his extremities. Hayden lays back…

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Greystorm

Author: John Xero “The storm is upon us,” Barrett states grimly, finally looking away from his monitor, finally acknowledging the absence of hope. “How bad?” As if I need to ask. “Bad enough.” He shakes his head. “If we’d just caught the edge of it… If we could…

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A Question Not About This

Author: Jason McGraw Zach opens his AI tutor and selects “Asteroid Belt” from the index. In his learning visor, 3D images of spinning rocks reflect the sun. A male voice narrates: “The Asteroid Belt is located between –” Zach fast forwards. “There are three major…

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One Baby to Another

Author: Hari Navarro My daughter is born into the whore spit snarl of a Cape Hatteras hurricane. Beautiful and waxy, her delicate scent distilling the shedded taint of my own sweat, piss, and blood. Blue nostrils flare as tiny lungs struggle to fill, but for this, I…

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Crop Circles

Author: Madison McSweeney Under a sweltering summer sun in southeastern Ontario, an aerial camera watched as two boys walked through a wheat field. Each boy dragged a heavy wooden plank; as they traversed the land, stalks of wheat bent and flattened underneath them….

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They Think It’s Art

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer The way it filters the light through dizzying shadows within to cast patterns on the ground like sun through stained glass. To them, the seemingly impossible tessellation that never repeats a shape, no matter which direction it is…

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Du Jour

Author: Anne Dewvall The tiny blue pill gleamed in Jerome’s palm as it danced with electrical impulses. This capsule had the power to transform the human experience, and through that, the world, but people were wasting it, eating the same shit they always had, with…

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Coin will eat it itself

Author: Philip Berry Brandon wiped pale grey dust off the sign. It dropped in a thin wafer that crumbled over the toe cap of his left boot. – Heat exchange: no unauthorised entry – The door spun away under the silent wave that emanated from the unit in his…

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Mutiny on the Noah 500

Author: David Henson Valeria knocks down Devis and scores. The 10-year-old girl then stands over the boy and laughs. “Your daughter plays to win,” Enzo, captain of the Noah 500 says to Valeria’s father. “I like that.” Later that day, Valeria is having supper with her…

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Negative Space

Author: John McLaughlin She danced across the living room in a yellow sundress, her heels tapping to flamenco on the smoky hardwood. It was Charlie’s favorite outfit–the one he’d gotten her for their anniversary. Her hips swayed like magic, he thought. “So what’s…

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Couples Therapy

Author: Roger Ley ‘I’m sorry, Darling but I’m just not in the mood,’ said Martin Riley. ‘I’m nearly seventy and you can’t expect me to have the same enthusiasm I had when we first met.’ ‘I did not mean to upset you, Martin,’ said Mary. ‘I do not wish to put pressure…

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Lay Me Down

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer Vapour coils along the bough, drifting away in little skeins of dissipating light. Tobias grins. Luminous breath: sure sign of irrevocable infection. “How do you feel, my son?” He looks up at the white rectangle glowing at the throat of…

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A Brutal Perspective

Author: Mark Joseph Kevlock How much is enough? When is it time… for the end? She’s just a reporter. This is just an interview. I knew the world, of course, before there were any such things. My name is Hanois Brutale. I’m immortal. “I feel like… a passive god. I…

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