All New Food is Gross

Author : Sharon Molloy “That’s the surprise, Daddy?” A family of four stood in the restaurant lobby, watching unfamiliar shapes moving in a huge tank. They’re staring at me!” “No, they’re not. They don’t have eyelids.” “They have too many legs.” “Those aren’t legs,…

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Soldier

Author : Bob Newbell I’m going to die here, thought Or’Vykl to himself. Or’Vykl stared out through the visor in his helmet at what had been a residential suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. The area showed little evidence of the orbital bombardment that had fallen upon…

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Silent Scream

Author : J.D. Rice Her mouth opens wide, eyes squeezed shut in a show of agony, teeth bared, then suddenly comes to a stop. The moment of her death slows to a crawl, like time itself is standing still. They say this is what it’s like to see someone die. Everything…

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Ensurance

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer Sarraled stared through the viewport as the lander spiralled down through the thin atmosphere. “Looks like this place was inhabited.” The pilot nodded: “They died out just before we established the base. Sad, really.” “That good?”…

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Integrated

Author : Edward D. Thompson (edacious) Erica poured her first cup of the morning, missing the friendly hum of greeting the coffee pot used to make. The day had begun with such a homey feel then. The crackle of the toaster, the busy hum and whine of the microwave, the…

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Growth Industry

Author : Rick Tobin “Hey, Doc. How’s it going?” Mike Compton, freshly tanned, popped his head into the geneticist’s offices. His counselor remained seated, turned toward the window overlooking the campus quad featuring coeds being tempted to indecency on manicured…

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Greenhand

Author : Iain Macleod “I still dont get it, man.” The youngster looked up at the grizzled older man. A drilling veteran of over twenty years he looked like an old bear with a hangover. “Go over it again” “Come on, new blood. It’s not that hard. How did you even get…

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Island

Author : Eric San Juan By the time the sandstorm passed, the sun had fallen and the orange skies had faded to a bruised brown and purple. The towers still seemed unreachable, perched on a dream horizon. Faint whispers of yesterday clutching at sky that no longer…

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Longevity

Author : Philip Berry I agreed with the policy. Leave the elderly and infirm here, in the care of the medimechs, while transporting the fit and fertile to the safety of a freshly terraformed planet outside the sector. I volunteered to help with the messaging, the…

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Culture

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer There’s a smashed petri dish in the sink, the splashes of water on the pieces syncopating with the drumming of the water pouring into the steel basin. I look down at a hundred moving reflections of my face as the water rushes away. The…

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Objective Emotion

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer The professor entered the lecture hall at precisely nine o’clock, took off his blazer and draped it across the lectern. Gradually the conversation in the room declined from a dull roar, to a persistent murmur, to near silence. “Good…

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Emotions in Binary

Author : Megan Crosbie Azrael found the defective droid waiting in the termination chamber. “Will it hurt?” it asked. “No,” he replied, injecting the serum. “You weren’t built to feel.” Its illuminated eyes flickered. “I’m scared…” Azrael watched the floor as the…

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Windblown

Author : Sarah Vernetti The entire thing was the wind’s fault. Yes, she (not the wind) had ripped up her Form 1908, but that didn’t mean she wanted to get rid of it completely. She had intended to report to the base and submit the form as instructed. After all, she…

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Hangdog

Author : Rollin T. Gentry He was one of seven paintings of the faces of cats and dogs. In watercolor and India ink on stark white backgrounds, they were all rather cartoony, but Hangdog — that was the nickname I made up the first time I saw him — he was something…

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Brian and I

Author : J.D. Mraz Dear National Robotics Institute, In reply to your cease and desist: No, I will not stop current activities with my JS1000 Companion bot. I see no reason to. There was nothing in your policy or purchase agreement that said modification was…

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Men Below

Author : Callum Wallace “You haven’t heard? Soul is cheap.” Raised eyebrow. “Souls are cheap?” The director shakes his head. “Not souls, plural. The soul. Each soul, if you will, individually, is worth pittance. Hardly more than their task. No, the soul is cheap,…

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When the Clocks Go Forward

Author : Kevlin Henney Morning light, autumn flickering a shadowplay across the curtains. Bright and windy out there, perfect for a walk — perhaps the woods? No need to rush, but it would be good to get out of the house. The kids will drag their heels to the door, to…

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James’ Bus

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer I don’t get to see Grandma Spoon as often as I like. What with the economy, austerity zoning and riots, cities can be difficult places for those unable to use or reach civil transit lines. She wouldn’t move. Her home was the one she’d…

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