Practice Day

Author : Ian Clarke The air-bike hovered perfectly still and silent a couple of cms above the floor of his apartment. It resembled an old style jet-ski he had seen once but had a toughened clear canopy that completely enclosed the rider. He tapped the console and…

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Indistinquishable

Author : Rocky Hutson Opius peeked out from behind a small birch tree. Seeing no sign of his adversary, Burhan, he stepped into the open. He’d only gone a few yards toward the portal when Burhan stepped into the open and pointed at him. Opius knew he had to act fast…

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Cold Night

Author : Sarah Mendonca “Luke.” Slumped in the alley, the woman repeated the name like a prayer, mostly forgotten long ago. No, that wasn’t it. “Jason.” Passersby ignored her: just another failed rebel unable to move on. She looked at them all, so young and old, so…

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Hollow Medal

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer There is always an uncertainty after you’re restored. The time between your last backup and the point when you died is an unknown. You can get various synopses if you ask, and you can catch up with the events via media reports or…

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NanoCop

Author : Morrow Brady I sensed the click of my empty handgun moments before I heard it, while impact shrapnel, ricocheting across the upturned chassis of my downed cruiser sang out cries of retreat. 
With the soft belly of vulnerability in the air, I made my…

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Hummingbird

Author : José A Harkhan He flew that night. His dreams flooded with visions of ecstasy. The blue of that river. The black of those eyes. They hove into the light of day that shone through the Pleasure-Dome’s glass shell. Like white-cloaked wraiths. Fixated. Forgotten…

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Emotion

Author : Henry Peter Gribbin Most of us have been home alone late at night when we heard a strange noise coming from downstairs. Clutching a baseball bat or a golf club we proceeded slowly down the steps, all senses on alert. Finding nothing we felt a sense of relief…

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Mechanical Gentleman

Author : Mike Corrao “Come one, come all. See the beautiful intricacy that is my friend right here,” The salesman slid to the side of the stage, moving as one with the curtain behind him. On the old wood floor stood two metal feet, in shoes like hooves. They held up a…

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The Voider

Author : Rollin T. Gentry Dr. Morris turned away and tapped a few times on the holopad projected from the bracelet on his left wrist. “Well, Ensign Peters, one thing’s for sure. You are not turning invisible, or into a ghost, or whatever it was you called it.” Jared…

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Hollow

Author : Sam Larson You couldn’t even call it rain, this weather. Just an insistent, pissing drizzle that creeps its way into your collar and your shoes so that, suddenly, you’re soaking wet. That jingle from the infonets keeps running through my head, “You’ll never…

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Test 31B

Author : Rollin T Gentry I opened my eyes and had no recollection of how I came to be sitting at that table with three complete strangers. The room was divided into quadrants by a force field with one man occupying a slice of the round, steel table. Behind each man…

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Zeigarnik

Author : Rick Tobin “Low fuel before Jupiter station. Why stop for a wasteland?” Christa Arnold monitored guidance system readings, adjusting orbital programming for Saturn’s crusty moon, Hyperion. “History, Christa. Your head’s so full of formulas you forget about…

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The Muon Man

Author : Morrow Brady The drone found the selenium immediately. It streamed me the augmented view of the apartment block, slowly peeled away to reveal awry silver tendrils cascading from roof to foundations. Momentarily puzzled, I queried Spengler – my client’s AI…

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To Err is Human

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer “You have to let them think you make mistakes sometimes,” said Urok the Inquisitor. “That’s the key to getting along with the biological sentients.” “A mistake?” queried Darkem the Questioning. “Yes. I suppose you could refer to…

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Trollbridge

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer “Why are we here, Excellency?” “My daughter’s xenoarchaeology exam.” “Pardon?” Most Excellent Draug turned to Flag Officer Nang with a smile: “She wrote an award-winning piece on ‘The Assimilation of Miracle-Class Technology as…

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POV

Author : Brian Zager We dance, you and I, pirouetting to the primordial bellow of the World’s Fourfold. We’re not really all that different, our lives in revolution against the world as it appears to us, perceived at a distance, in an effort to interpret the overflow…

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Betwixt and Betwain

Author : Rick Tobin Black slime and brown muck sucked cracked leather on his unkempt boots. He inhaled riverbank patent odors by Cairo woodlands, where the Mississippi and Ohio converge in a sordid affair of upstream debris and human waste. Maps fluttered in his head…

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Spooky Action At A Distance

Author : Gray Blix A scientist, a priest, and a doctor walk into a bar. Sounds like the setup for a lame joke, huh? But no, it’s the beginning of a story about the end of the world. Or, I fear, not a story at all, but the actual end of the world. The truth is, I often…

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