Maintainer Of The Machine

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer I descend deeper into the heart of semi-quadrant 26F, my maneuvasuit’s floodlights guiding me all the way. Massive gears and cogs riding on giant turbine shafts dwarf me, rotating silently on their bearings as layers of viscosium,…

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The Accidental Godling

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer George stood on the fused glass at the edge of the crater. It had taken him a while to climb out of the hole, but at least it allowed the forces arrayed against him to reassemble. He watched them advance, flicking his eyes between…

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Humans Don't Belong in Space

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The robot pirates picked The Royal Flush because it had humans onboard. The ships warped into realspace like darts coming to an abrupt stop, surrounding The Royal Flush in a sudden and precise pincushion ambush. Onboard The Royal…

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Parallel Quantum Universe

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “Uh oh, I think we ended up in a parallel universe,” said Senior Technical Specialist Jim Wright. “What are you talking about,” replied Ensign Vince Saccomandi. “We teleported to exactly where we were supposed to, the lobby of…

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Chips

Author : Kevin Crisp The four rotary blades of the harvester chopped violently at the dank, cold air as it rested with spidery legs on the jagged rock. The sickly sweet smoke of its four combustion engines wafted faintly up the heights. Every thought was punctuated by…

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Commercial Break

Author : Desmond Hussey Black rain streaks the windows of Mr. Nielson’s 35th story apartment. Beyond the aqueous smear, a tiny room is illuminated by the hypnotic flicker of an enormous, wafer thin television screen. Outlined by the electric glow, a mass of limp…

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Trinket

Author : Thomas Desrochers “Hi Kristen, it’s your mum…” Jaques picked up a picture of Kristin Trinket off of her bedroom nightstand. Twenty years old, red hair, stunning green eyes. Crooked, imperfect teeth at home in one of the warmest smiles he had ever seen. He…

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Immersion

Author : Andrew DiMatteo “Now, there are a lot of channels down there. Some of ’em may surprise you. Be careful . It’s easy to get distracted when you’re Immersed. Always remember to pay attention to your surroundings and…” The dive operator was giving us…

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Generation Gap

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer The one-hundred-and -eleven year old man stood at the transit stop listening to an antique MP3 player. His electric blue faux hawk practically glowed in the afternoon sun. Suddenly an eighty-eight year old man came strolling up,…

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Hacker

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer The pastel decorated walls were hung with tasteful art that changed as needed to offset any negative morale the system garnered from the gestalt of everyone’s mindnets. Since the advent of the cranial implant, society had changed…

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Evolution

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer We were so wrong. We saw evolution as a paring down to essentials. Our pinkies were getting shorter and soon we might only have four fingers, for instance. We theorized evolution as a process that winnowed away the unnecessary. It…

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Correspondence

Author : D. Ahren Bell “Peregrine, this is the ship. I… I have an important issue that I must discuss with you. Our fuel reserves have run out, and photovoltaic energy is not enough to keep me in orbit for much longer.” Peregrine’s response time was, per usual, long…

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I Friended an Alien

Author : Brian McDermott “This could be the single most important event in the history of our planet,” Jake leaned over the formica. “I think I’ve been friended by an Alien,” Amir’s stunned silence was broken by the sounds of his legs peeling off the vinyl bench. Jake…

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Salvage Operation

Author : Bob Newbell Ship’s Log, 1330, 24 June 2533. Captain April Green recording. Al-Basri and Sanchez continue to work on the alien ship’s engines. The vessel appears to use an antimatter-enhanced helium-3/deuterium fusion rocket not unlike the interstellar drive…

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Cargo

Author : S. P. Mahoney “Freighter Tigris, Control. You’re straying out of your flight path — explain. Now.” Maria and Crone shared a look, before Maria put on her headset. Rank hath its responsibilities. “Control, this is Tigris. Something hit us when that courier…

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Ticket to Paradise

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer Two-hundred and twenty years had finally passed. We had reached our destination. From our sleep tubes we could see the first images of the beautiful green planet on our displays. But I did not care about any of it. Then as our ship…

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Big Brother

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer The battlefield is silent and empty. In the city beyond, we can see figures on the remaining vantage points. All of us gawking like children as the spectacle continues. The dawning light reflects from angles or scatters in rainbow…

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Sisters of Mars

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I watched as the Martian women came down the stairs from their shuttle onto the tarmac. Regular Martian humans smeared red clay into their skin but these Ambassadors had tattooed their entire bodies red. They believed that if your…

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