The Sharing Economy

Author : Priya Chand, Featured Writer Sam looked at the tickets and crumpled paper, already softening under the onslaught of summer heat and Mei’s palms. “I never been to some classics concert before,” he said, holding his fists tight against his sides. “You never sat…

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Principles

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer The room is a stock F-Class residential dwelling. With three people and a forensics robot within, it’s one small child short of standing room only. A young man in a lurid red suit, cut in the fashionable retro-zoot style, turns to his…

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Humanities Downfall Will Always be Hubris

Author : Samuel Stapleton Synthetic: a substance made by chemical processes, especially to imitate a natural product. The data analysis was grim. Predicted system stability – 62%. — My small gathering of journey members stood off to one side. Tori spoke quietly….

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Last Chance

Author : Leanne A. Styles I reached across and tightened the strap on my kid sister’s tatty seatbelt. She grinned; through the breathing tubes, through the pain. The shuttle we’d stolen had been recently decommissioned, but so far it was holding together pretty well…

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The Long Wait

Author : Jordan Altman Weightlessly floating in the blue liquid of my suspended animation pod, a queasy feeling stirred in my stomach. The tubes down my throat feeding me air, water, and food didn’t help; although I will admit the worst of it was the flashing red…

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Malia Read the Paper and Then Again

Author : Daniel S. Helman Malia read the paper and then again. It was hard to believe. “Really?” you thought. “They’re offering money for that?” It was midweek, and you’d managed to accompany your brother to the store, where he picked up yesterday’s news for half…

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Bioinfinity

Author : Beck Dacus Six feet from the cave entrance, we all turned on our flashlights and moved toward the mouth. The only way to get down was a steep flight of natural rock stairs, giving us footholds while also threatening to impale us. The only way I could tell…

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Pride

Author : Priya Chand, Featured Writer Red lights flapped in an artificial breeze. For the observer whose data banks were lacking, most of the lamps were identical: a big round input, and an output sized *just so*, coming together to penetrate and un-penetrate, over…

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Wine and Tears

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer “I’ll bring your drinks over in a moment, but the steak sandwich will be about ten minutes.” With a flick of her auburn hair, Teria moves away, navigating the tables, chairs and customers with an unconscious grace. She works fourteen…

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Our E-ternal Loved Ones

Author : Rollin T. Gentry Jay poked his head through the open doorway and glanced around. Standard fare: coffee pot in the back, whiteboard up front, A-is-for-Apple, Z-is-for-Zebra signs all over the walls. If not for the small poster on the outside of the door, he…

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Murder on Macarus Beach

Author : Casey Cooke All robots had been programmed to fear the ocean. A few level fours, who had also been programmed with risk-taking protocols, would walk right to the edge of it. But even they, eventually, would succumb and back away. Level sixes – caregivers to…

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Pre-Ruined

Author : Beck Dacus “VEYAN! COME LOOK AT THIS!” I looked up from my bio-sweep and bolted to the sound of Carlos’ voice, knowing that the rest of the team would follow me. After rounding a few corners of the empty city, I came upon the intern and followed his gaze to…

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Roads

Author : Grace Franzen In 1721 Mary Margaret Thornton is sitting in the shallows of the river when the dairy farmer’s son finds her. He rises often this early, on the breath of dawn, specifically of a purpose to find her before anyone else does. When he sees her in…

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Ocean of Stars

Author : Alicia Cerra Waters Don’t they understand that we have no room for them here? Think about it. We are on the only blue planet in a galaxy of gas giants and colossal boulders caught in orbit, most of which are about to be swallowed up by their swollen, burning…

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The Works of 1.6

Author : David Maskill Look below: gravitational lensing but with added sugar. Ocean currents were rendered hazy and golden. The whole planet was swathed in caramelised whorls of cloud turned syrup. Even the stars twinkled a little too excitedly. “Have you been…

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Smooth Operator

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer I’m reading his thermo-image through the door before he knocks: average human temperature distribution, no suspicious cool patches. Something chilly in his hand. Tucking the Sternig pulse pistol into the back of my trousers, I open the…

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Under My Skin

Author : Samuel Stapleton I stared at our instructor, unsure if I’d heard him correctly. “You want me to what?” He sighed and stepped back. “Everyone here believes that any human that loses contact with Interface3 would suffer irreversible neurological and physical…

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Revise and Resubmit

Author : R. S. Alexander v1: Derek Taylor was sipping coffee in a Los Angeles restaurant when a recruiter from XygmaCorp walked past his table, accidentally brushing against his shoulder. 57,143 down votes Top-rated comment: “Wait, this is happening in a world with…

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