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Author: Abigail Hughes I know you made it clear we were not supposed to talk during our “break”, but I have something I need to get off of my chest and now that it is impossible for you to automatically know what I’m feeling, I have been reduced to contacting you through ...

Beneath the Chaos Terrain

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer Europa Nov. 22, 2122 [GMT] 5400 mSv The submersible hovers in the heavy sodium sea 99.8 km below the Europan crust. Steadying it snaps to grid-coordinate: K-V-6-2. “Damn. You sunk my battleship”, quips 2nd Lt. Percy Newberry in a ...

The Spires of Thenix

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer There’s a half-kilometre tourist cruiser flying between Adma and Therna. It looks tiny from this distance. Compared to them, it would be at any distance. Douglas Thenix translated the Decoran Stone, an artefact found during the excavation ...

Norman Nebula and Golden Bowl of Mystery

Author: Richard M. O'Donnell, Sr. Norman reached across the Golden Bowl of Mystery and tugged Saffron’s blindfold down over the corner of her eye. “No fair peeking, you can only touch the objects inside the bowl to guess what they are.” Saffron pouted her lips. “Sulking ...

Thirteen

Author: Russell Bert Waters The restraints dig into my wrists as I awaken. “Have you ever truly smelled this city?” a man asks from behind. “Where am I?” I ask. I try to look around without moving. There is an aquarium full of cockroaches on a shelf nearby. “With its ...

The Breadhead Boys

Author: Thomas Desrochers This mess I’m in, it’s kinda my fault. You see, I was hanging down at Louie’s, yackin’ with the other breadheads in the back room, and Mack comes in with this smirk like he’s scored big. I asked him what the deal was and he took me aside and told ...

The Souvenir

Author: Hillary Lyon Micah stood up straight, pushed back his hat and flashed his brightest smile at the tourist taking his picture. They always placed their family members on either side of him and made sure they got the heavily forested mountains in the background. Or ...

Leaving Behind the Bright Lights

Author: E.M. McCarthy I shop here. There are better places to stop and shop, better prices, better inventory, but this place reminds me of the good old days, and they replicated the look of the old stores pretty well too. Same bright lights, same late hours, same rows of ...

Delphine

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer The Major can taste the sweat as he walks through the brothel. He likes it and he rolls it in and sucks it beneath his tongue. The door at the end of the corridor is open and a slue of framed photographs and bunched flower offerings ...

Black Rainbow

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer I always remember the secret my great-grandfather told me: “Absinthe was never to blame, my dear. It’s what was added to the absinthe that caused problems. By accident or design, adulteration led to unexpected side effects.” There’s a ...

Dodgy Homebrew Love

Author: Thomas Desrochers The most popular topic of all was always Love. That was how neuro-sims came to the forefront of entertainment, you know. Plug in and a skilled corporate smartiste can have you feeling all that nervous giddiness your stomach borrows from your ...

Q&(A?)

Author: Alex Z. Salinas There was once a creature much like a man who lived on a planet all alone. He was carbon-based, drank water, and received nutrients from luscious plant life born from fertile soil. Because the creature was always left to his thoughts, and possessed ...

A Man and Three Brothers

Author: Mark Joseph Kevlock A man and three brothers knew the secrets of the world. Thus, they began a quest to unlearn them. They sought a place to pour out their secrets, where none would ever find them. They found a cave that ran deep and walked down its throat for many ...

Two’s A Crowd

Author: Thomas Desrochers Effedel and Ifrit found each other in the subspace E-bands while they were still more than five thousand light-years apart. Both were on sponsored three-decade survey flights finding out just what exactly their sponsors had laid claim to, a ...

Customer Service

Author: Ken Carlson “Where did you find this one?” “Does it matter?” “No, I suppose it doesn’t.” “Then stop asking!” Norris kept his mouth shut. What was the point now? He and Sheila decided this was the path to follow. That was that. Norris and Sheila ...

Aroha

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer An escape pod drifts. Radioactive crystals cling as hair to its skin and a man’s voice pleads out and into the void. A voice where an automated signal would suffice. Futility borne of desperation. “... fuck. Shit. Fuck” “You’ve ...

Seventeen Moons ’til Doomsday

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer The young man is wearing a vantablack bodysuit that leaves only his face discernible. Matching cloak, gloves and boots are stacked next to the log he sits on. A sensor-laden facemask lies in his hand as he starts speaking. “You wanted ...

The Coordinates in Time

Author: Alzo David-West Contrary to the anticipations of the ancients, the problem had not been solved after eighteen-thousand years. It was still impossible for a bioform to travel far forward into and back from distant time. Observer Jon-Rey contemplated as he studied ...

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