Cheap Eggs

Author : Callum Wallace “A spray bottle?” “That’s right,” she smiled merrily, pulling her gloves further up her arms. “To make it easier to apply.” I stared, deadpan. “A spray.” She nodded. “Have you tried pouring a bath of this stuff? It’s difficult to test the…

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Manter’s End

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer The office is derelict, with many more overturned chairs than collapsed desks. Filing cabinets stand crooked and burst, the once-precious burdens they held now repurposed as nesting materials or fodder. A few plasticised pieces of…

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The UFO

Author : Harris Tobias The night Janet saw the UFO was the night she threw Frank out of her life. She had just finished dumping all his stuff—clothes, records, comic book collection—into several black plastic garbage bags and placed them on the lawn in a neat row. Let…

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One Way

Author : Rosalie Kempthorne “Are you quite sure you want to do this?” He was asked that question again. And once again he answered “Yes.” “This is a one-way trip.” “Yes, I understand.” I know what I’m signing up for. But not without signing yet again. Another form,…

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Genius!

Author : Beck Dacus “We noticed from orbit,” said the commander of the fleet form Quijote III, “that you have quite the renovation project going on here, and we have to commend you. Taking on a project of that scale is very admirable. And the foresight that involves!…

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Fallen

Author : Kristin Kirby I caught him in my arms as the others ran for safety in the shelters. The fires began to die around us. I sat on the ground and held him while the sliver rays took their inevitable toll. An agonizing way to go, the rays. They moved fast and…

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Consecutive

Author : Carter Lee Keith Samuels woke when the lights came on, and while it had been getting harder for the sallow-faced senior citizen to pull himself out of bed of late, this morning it proved impossible. It was only with supreme effort that he managed to turn on…

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Unmoored

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer “Where did we find him?” “Outside a pizzeria on the Alpenring in Walldorf.” “Obviously a man who travels first class.” Hans chuckled. Dolf stretched: “So, before he vanished, on camera, from a locked cell, and the infestation of sharp…

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Aster

Author : John Carroll The killer whale that I had dubbed Aster and the robotic companion dolphins that he was chasing erupted into view, flashing across the length of the viewing window and back out of our field of vision so quickly that by the time Maria could squeak…

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Escape

Author : Bob Newbell The sound of the ship’s klaxons faded over a span of a minute. “Air pressure is at zero, Captain,” Ramirez heard a female voice say in south Vietnamese accented English from the speakers of his space helmet. “We’re in hard vacuum throughout the…

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Mom and Dad’s First Teleportation Ring

Author : David Henson Mom’s holo-image comes into focus in the viewbox. “Johnny, I’m glad you contacted us. You have to talk to your father.” “Everything OK? Where is he?” He’s usually next to her at the table when we talk. “He’s been popping in and out all day with…

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Eternity Plan

Author : John Tippett After what seemed like an instant, he awoke. 700 years of cryostasis had passed like a good night’s sleep. Immediately he noticed the partially healed incision in his abdomen. “They all called me a fool, but who has the last laugh now?”, he…

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The Pact

Author : Steven Journey I watched her sleep as I cradled the gun, pausing only to wipe the silent tears rolling down my cheek. We had made a pact last night, a deeper pact than even our wedding vows had been many years ago. I was about to betray that pack. I stared…

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Hills

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer Even before everything came apart, I hated hills. And, back then, I had gears. This old clunker only has one cog at each end. So there’s nothing for it but to push down on one side while hooking the other side under the pedal to pull…

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Karala

Author : Richard Day Gore “Lover, question the Question.” My Karala was like that. She spoke in riddles. Her thoughts were a maze designed so that only she could extract their meaning. But she was no match for the Gods, and their voracious hunger for our gold. Why do…

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Flotsam and Jetsam

Author : Terry J. Golob Completely naked, sinking slowly into the murky depths, I know these things: One. Our attack failed. Two. I am a prisoner of the Katal-Kuar-Eye. Three. The tiny dead things floating in here with me, that wispy strand of flotsam, that bony crag…

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Siege of Taurus

Author : Michael F. da Silva The siege lasted two years and we were about ready to throw in the towel by then. We had no air support, had been pushed back to the fortified bunkers all the way from the enemy’s beachheads and under heavy shelling. It was taking a toll…

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Repoed

Author : Lucy Mihajlich I thought there was a grace period. That’s what you think. You miss a payment, and you get different colored emails for a few weeks before the repo man comes. Turns out that’s a load of trollshit. The repo man came one day after my bill was…

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