Emergency Power

Author : Tino Didriksen [emergency power online] Sergeant, lock down that…wait, what’s going on? Backup neuro-simulation? So we lost, badly. But, this is supposed to bring up the ranking officer, so why am I…oh, I see…died too fast for station to scan them, and…

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Oasis

Author : Sophia Bella At the edge of a bright green lawn in the middle of the desert, a young woman’s chapped lips stretch to a hopeful grin as what little strength she has left is enough to get her over the fence. No sooner do her toes reach the softness of the grass…

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Room and Board

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer The room is spartan, the bed a blanket-draped exofoam block that has had body contours carved out with a spoon, by the look of it. The kitchen area is a kettle, five kilos of Nutri-Slush, half a kilo of Vita-Soy and six litres of blue…

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Four Letters

Author : Andi Dobek “So, I was watching this film last night.” “Yeah? Which one?” “Something called Casablanca.” “I’ve heard of that one. Never seen it. Any good?” “I don’t know. My emotive censors blocked most of it out. I guess so.” Iteration 247 stared at Iteration…

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

Author : David Atos He landed his ship on her front yard. The spare key was still underneath the ceramic frog, so he let himself inside. The living room looked right. Their vacation pictures were hanging on the wall: the two of them on the beach in Maui, in front of…

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Symbology at First Contact

Author : S T Xavier This whole “first contact” thing is such a hassle. Neither of us can understand each other. You’d think we’d have spent more time learning their language before coming down to talk, but of course we didn’t. Management knows best, after all. “Don’t…

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White Marble

Author : Phil Gagnon Our destiny was to spread from our cradle, to go forth and tame the universe. Our motivation for this was simple; pandemic, mutually assured destruction, cometary impact, the thousand ways that humanity could die. Whether by fate, chance, or its…

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The More Things Change

Author : Morghan J. “You understand why I require payment up front in a hard currency; when I complete my task, you will have no reason to pay me.” The woman idly stirred her cocktail, eyes latched on the man in a wheelchair sitting across from her at the bar table,…

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Testing

Author : John Domenichini Don held the phone closer to his ear and raised his voice. “Gramps wait. Don’t test anything. Wait for me… Gramps!!” He pulled the phone away from his ear. “Damn it!!!” Don’s roommate, Hong, sat calmly on his bed. “That was your…

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Christmas Stars

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Dara rolled out of her bunk and onto her feet in a smooth, practiced motion. On the way to the door she winced as the tightness in her calves made each footstep painful, but by the time she’d hit the column midship the ache had…

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Twilight Cruiser

Author : Roger Dale Trexler The ship skimmed the border between light and darkness as it had for millennia. Mankind found it by accident. In their quest to explore space, they had finally traversed the distance between Earth and Mercury. The ship had been so small…

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Survival

Author : Travis Gregg She deeply inhaled the damp and humid air, savoring the coolness. The forest was ancient and the tree trunks nearly crowded out the sky. Even though the air was thick with moisture, and condensate clung to the ferns in the underbrush, finding…

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Hep to the Jove

Author : Bob Newbell Culturally, they are the descendants of the hepcats and beats and hippies and hipsters and the other various subsequent nonconformists of the past half-millennium who organically came together to form distinct subcultures. But there the parallels…

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Where Honey Came From

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer “What’s this, grandma?” “It’s honey, dear.” “Honey tastes nice. What is it?” “It’s what the bees made for us, Matty.” “Real bees made this?” “Yes, dear. A long time ago, before they flew away.” “Where did they go, grandma?” “We don’t…

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Hardcopy

Author : Michael Blewett Her father glanced down at the watch on his wrist. “How long?” she asked. “Two minutes and thirty seven seconds,” he replied, gazing out the airlock window. The curtness was for her, she knew, but it was hard for her to hear – especially now….

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Ultraviolet Evening Gown

Author : Steve Pool Tess always threw the best parties; it was a fact that Lizzy was painfully aware of. Tess owned all the trendiest causes, giving her complete control over the calendars of every social climber in the city. She played the role of Alpha Queen with…

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The Sun is Alive

Author : Connor Harbison “What did you just say?” “You heard me. The sun, it’s…alive.” “Impossible.” “No, no, hear me out. According to my research, the sun, it’s a living, breathing thing. Being. Not life as we know it, per say, but still, life. In another sense.” “I…

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Spectrum Plectrum

Author : Jean-Paul L. Garnier The shuttle clanked back and forth in its many dimensional dance. The strands all lay separated by their individual frequencies, ready for use at any given moment, and waiting for their chance to join the great tapestry that was…

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