Long Voyage

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Humans are crazy. This is a long voyage. I pretend I’m a greedy Noah sometimes. I pretend that I brought two hundred humans and said ‘fuck it’ to the animals. Transporters have given the human race the ability to flicker from post…

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Marauder

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer The speaker hums as the decoder scans for the encrypted channels that the Chendrin use. I know I shouldn’t give in to this ghoulish need to eavesdrop, but I cannot help myself. “Seventy-four. Seventy-four. Anything on your sweeps?”…

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A Positive Alien Encounter

Author : J.D. Rice There’s an alien in my kitchen, and I’m not quite sure what to do. My wife stands by the stove, humming quietly to herself while chopping away at some vegetables for the stew. My son sits at the table next to the alien, trying to teach it how to…

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Darwin

Author : Alex Bauer It never started here, my dear. We are victims of circumstance. It started with the fires, with her, as we watched the skyline burn in the middle of terrific night. Standing there on the lake shore, horrified beyond rational thought, among wailing…

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The Unwelcome

Author : Desmond Hussey, Staff Writer wake screaming. where am i? body hurts… everywhere… spiders beneath my skin, crawling, biting. feel queazy. stomach’s spinning. so dim. can barely see. my arms. can’t move my arms. “What the f -…?” stay calm. focus… breath… in……

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Judgement Day

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer The survival group, pulled from Earth by the alien craft mere hours before the cataclysmic solar event scrubbed the planet clean of all life, were still in absolute shock. Some seven hundred refugees, huddled together in the large…

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Floribunda

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer “Helph mi.” John’s my next door neighbour. He’s growing into a fine specimen of xenorchis caucasia. By the look of the scalar development that has absorbed his ears, his head will blossom in about a week. His body is mottled cream and…

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The Monocle

Author : Alex Grover Hessy ventured down the railroad mound when he saw the glint. The desert was a cruel place: for the little lizards that scurried in the shadows, for the sparse yucca plants and tall grasses that sprigged in the dust, for the humans that toiled in…

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Atompunk Wife

Author : Jonathan Pigno There were weapons stashed in the Frigidaire. Alien toys. Things Elaine kept nestled under her dress for safekeeping when company arrived. But her house-guests didn’t know it. They remained unsuspecting and silent as she leaned in to reach for…

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Dinner With The Morlocks

Author : David Barber The pale young woman had a tap in her wrist. The time-traveller asked for a glass and we watched her fill it with blood. “Bring her salt water.” “Salt.. like sea water?” “If you have that.” There were isotonic sports drinks somewhere in the back,…

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Daphne

Author : Lisa Play Daphne scared me when I saw her take the stairs to the catwalk this morning. The way she moved, I wouldn’t have given her a second glance. That was a problem. Normally there was a slight tick that gave her type away, something stiff in the knees or…

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Apollyon

Author : Matthew Wells Clink. Clink. Clink. Aden’s chains struck the floor like bursts from a lazy pulsar. The voices from the other side of the clear partition, chaotic and full of rage, were strangely mute. He saw the crowd without really seeing it, and he knew only…

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Panel Crew

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer This was my fourth summer paving the flat parts of Nevada with solar panels. The project had been going on for four years and looked like it would go on for another six. A summer under the cruel desert sun will teach you about…

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Protect The Weak

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer “Donovan, anchor the antenna atop that formation, mother says it’s the only place high enough.” The mountain jutted up at an odd angle. But it was only more of the non-descript surface of this desolate, lifeless rock. His captain…

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Run For Your Life

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer (Caution: Science content) The Perseus Space Colony is a marvel of twenty-third century engineering. It is located approximately 400,000 kilometers from the Earth, and trailing 60 degrees behind the Moon. Astronomers call it the…

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Peeler

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer TRANSCRIPT: 01141220072461 INCIDENT: LEU1093-19072461 OUTCOME: PERPETRATOR FATALITY INCEPT: 230336 Emergency call made from D40F38CB17: “Help. He has a gun. And a knife. And my daughter.” RESPONSE1: 230619 LEU on scene. RESPONSE2:…

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The Stakes

Author : Kevin Crisp “You’re a cheat!” Eb shouted, tossing his cards as he rose to his full, imposing height. Money would have meant nothing to Eb on a planet with little left to spend it on, but he was playing for information. And Pierre was beating him, badly. The…

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Chomp And Stomp

Author : Davena Oaks Swaying on the jerking bus, her hooves planted widely to afford her better balance, Kira endured the ride with the expression of a true commuter: apathetic. Empty seats all around offered no temptation to sit, they were molded plastic with a…

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