My Name is Drastic

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer Flickering light fills the clearing, reflecting in the wide eyes of five people in restraint sleeves laid out next to a pair of freight containers. I wait until they turn their attentions to me. “Good morning. Welcome to Dantalius Nine….

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Procuring Sprogs

Author: Rachel Sievers The baby wailed in the woman’s embrace. Despite the infant’s slight weight, it felt heavy in her arms. It was born weak and cried constantly. It had to be one of them. She would have to take it back. Everyone knew if she raised it, it would only…

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By Accident

Author: David P Rogers They met in the coffee shop by accident, which in itself was odd. Neither of them ever did anything unplanned. Or so Fayt thought. But even Mort had to take an occasional break, and neither of them was omniscient. They got coffee and sat by the…

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The Prospect

Author: Alzo David-West “I’m outta the surveyor, Sungod.” “Wazzit like down there, Starman?” “The place’s green, all ’round, like a forest a’ leaf towers. There’s this noise, too. It ain’t animals. Zero showed up on my scans. It’s jus’ plants everywhere. The noise’s…

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Wake Up

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer He woke from a deep sleep, the room still dark. Had there been a noise? It was quiet now. He reached in the darkness and lifted his phone, the display coming to life just as the alarm sounded, the unexpected noise startling him fully…

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The Wait

Author: Michael Cavalli The coffee was already on. They could hear the pot gurgling, could smell the process. His lips were curled slightly inward, hers were pursed as they waited. A dismal stillness emanated from them both. White sheet pulled up nearly to his chest,…

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The Stoker of Disdain

Author: Gus Doiron I lift a shovelful from the conveyor belt and heave it into the furnace. Same as the one before, and will be after. I spill nothing on the dirt floor. There, it is much harder to scoop and my burden has time to build up. The belt, loose and drooping…

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Take a Breath

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer They’re sitting in the middle of the road, a bearded older gentleman facing a young girl in a saffron tutu. He’s sitting cross-legged, she’s kneeling. His hands move as he talks, face a picture of concern. She’s gazing at the ground,…

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Editors

Author: Josie Gowler “Snip, snip,” mutters Clarke. “That makes a change from ‘guidance system deployed’”, I mutter, gazing down my microscope. “Sarcasm, Matt? From you?” he replies. “Breaks the tedium,” I shoot back. “How can you get bored? We’re doing such exciting…

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Children

Author: Kevin Criscione We built fires for warmth, shelter from the elements, crude wooden tools to continue building, among other necessities, more crude wooden tools. We found our rhythm, working in simple motions out in the open air. Eventually, we had huts, fire…

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Chacon

Author: Rick Tobin “Not one of your better ideas Inky.” My yelling echoed against the reinforced beams and lines of ready ships stored in launch five. I shook my head as Enrique Chacon selected and boarded a starcraft alone from the space station’s shuttle bay, or…

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The Network City

Author: Alzo David-West Ubn Kal-Zar, sovereign prince of Neo Ara, was extremely pleased with his family’s accomplishments and his kingdom—a vast, atmospherically controlled, self-sustaining network city encircling the equator of Mars. That Ubn’s line and nation would…

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Update Required

Author: Kathryn Smith I see them at night the most, the cogs turning in her head. She thinks I don’t know that she’s awake, going over thoughts again and again and again. She’s always been too open, maybe that’s what drew me to her in the first place. I tried to…

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Let’s Play a Game of Right or Wrong

Author: David Henson Frank leans back in the recliner and loosens his belt. “Reginald, dinner was superb.” “Of course,” the household android says. “Anything else?” “Take the rest of the evening off, Reginald. I’ll get Gwenn and me some dessert in a bit.” Reginald…

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Bite Back

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer There we are, minding our own business, watching our quarters, when some maniac breaks cover and sprint towards us. Charlie Four – John – knocks him down and sits on him. “Heads up!” A mob of ragged soldiers burst from the trees. Not a…

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Dust

Author: Joe Graves “With this top-of-the-line casket, you have unlimited destination opportunities,” explained the funeral director, tapping the back where the propulsion sat, “these boosters will send your husband to the nearest asteroid belt, planet or for a few…

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Apotheosis

Author: Anna Hamilton After the seas rose and the Earth caked, after the crops withered and died, after you launched spacecraft into the upper atmosphere, silently watching from above as the greens faded and the browns grew and, too miniscule now to see, your…

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A Klingon Love Story

Author: Shannon O’Connor We met at a Star Trek convention in New York. I was dressed as Worf; she wasn’t dressed up, but she was wearing a Quark T-shirt, and she looked out of place. “Have you ever been to a convention before?” I asked her. “No English,” she said….

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