What's in a name?

Author : Gray Blix Scientists couldn’t help but wonder if solar flares that disrupted communications worldwide for three days were related to the concurrent solar computing experiment. “Thanks for joining this web teleconference on short notice. As usual I will…

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Green

Author : Roger Dale Trexler “It’s troubling,” said Commander Smithee. “I don’t understand how the crew of the Carcosa could have disappeared. From all intelligence, Maurid 3 is a safe planet.” “It’s outer space,” replied Captain Cox. “There’s nothing safe about it.”…

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Fox Talionis

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer Jardine dragged himself over the log, gasping in agony as the belt that formed the tourniquet on his leg caught. His jodhpurs were stained and the lower sections were covered in bloody handprints where he’d had to kick Harvey loose. It…

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Shell

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Are we robot zombies or are we the pinnacle of humanity? Are we ahead of the evolutionary curve? Did we make the leap that all creatures with a finite lifespan have to or are we freaks? The universe remains as silent as it ever…

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Sugar High

Author : Rick Tobin Log Entry: Friday, August 19, 2033 I doubt anyone aboard will miss me, but how to go? No cords or a decent rope for hanging. Not a belt on the whole ship. Velcro won’t cut it with the smooth walls on the Jones. If I had a decent cook’s apron I…

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Stella by Starshine

Author : Gray Blix “I don’t see anything, mommy. I want to go inside.” He was lying in his child-sized lounge chair next to her adult-sized lounge. The nights were clear and warm in Stella’s corner of the world after the astronomers’ announcement, so people looked up…

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Empty

Author : Richard D. Deverell My name is Jackson Smith. I work as the coroner for a large county with a small population and even smaller infrastructure. Last week, a train derailed in our county, dumping toxic chemicals that killed more people in the week after the…

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Perdition's Divulgence

Author : Bob Newbell The President of the United States watched the viewscreen in the Oval Office as it displayed what appeared to be mist condensing on the lens of the camera that had recorded the video. After a few seconds, the tiny droplets started coming together…

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Transmigration

Author : Michael Jagunic Brick stands motionless as mechanical arms snap the exosuit around him: torso first, then limbs, weapons, and finally helmet. “It’s like God creating life, you know?” he says. “You start with a soul, slap a body around it, and then send it…

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New Age

Author : Lindsey McLeod When the doorbell beeped, Henry didn’t bother looking up from the Independent Galactic Dispatch. It would beep again in a few moments, once the customer had glanced around the shop and decided that there was nothing they wished to peruse…

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Flight

Author : chesterchatfield “What’s that supposed to be?” The student guffawed. “Some kind of dragon or something?” The professor gave her a look completely devoid of all amusement. “Dragons, do not exist. This creature is reptilian and has the ability of flight—after…

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The Confederacy

Author : Willis Weatherford Cold concrete, suppressed breathing, hands pressed flat to the grey rooftop. Winds whistled by his high-altitude haunt. The clatter of metal caterpillar tracks filtered up seventy stories to tingle in his straining ears, but Diemer was…

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P53

Author : Alex Skryl Jack Thompson carefully placed Roger into his cage as Patrick Hughes entered the lab. “Hey Jack. Yuri missed our weekly. Any idea where he is?” asked the Director, looking concerned. “What?! He didn’t tell you?” replied Thompson, grinning. “Tell me…

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Migrations

Author : Gray Blix “Whoa, what’s that approaching Mars, a comet breaking apart?” he said as he excitedly examined the images. He realized it would be quite a find for an amateur astronomer — another Shoemaker-Levy 9 magnitude event. But to make sure it wasn’t just…

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Last Man

Author : George R. Shirer Adam woke, as usual, with a headache and a weird taste in his mouth. There was a woman by his bed, wearing a prim white nurse’s uniform. “Good morning,” she said. “Good morning.” His eyes rolled past her, taking in the familiar institutional…

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Too Many Coppers

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer She’s screaming like her life is being dragged from her using blunt instruments. Occasionally she’ll stop, but after a series of ominous ‘thuds’, she’ll start again. “We ‘ave control of zis street.” This from the blue-uniformed…

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Coal Miners

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The cure for the plague that killed half of the planet’s population forced mankind’s biology to outgrow what was previously defined as human. We skipped ahead six chapters in our evolution, overachieving little tryhards that we…

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All Right, Have It Your Way – You Heard a Seal Bark

Author : Theric Jepson “Did you hear that?” Dave fiddled with these and those switches and dials and flung his hands across a dozen touchscreens. “Huh.” Liz swallowed her water and let the bottle float across the cockpit. “Hear what?” “I don’t know. Like a barking…

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