The Lottery

Author : Travis Gregg His vehicle crested the hill on his way into work that morning and it came into view like it always did. The billboard never failed to draw his attention, no matter that he’d seen it literally hundreds or even thousands of times, once every…

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The Iteration Cube

Author : Garrett Harriman Mesdames Snell and Putnam clashed into the nurse’s office. Most weeks, their campy enmities proved indispensable in the rebuking of their children. Not today. The diversity and girth of this congress fared worrisome. Present were Sloan, half…

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Sign of the Times

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer “Fucking bastards.” “What?” “Fucking Nip bastards.” “What are you talking about?” “First of all, they violated the Earth Non-Aggression Treaty by bringing the war to the home planet,” Larry Talbot said through clenched teeth,…

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Synesthesia

Author : Evan McCoy Crecy knew something was wrong with the optics app when he opened his eyes and the world exploded into colour. At first the experience was violent and a little frightening. He blinked several times and probably had some vague notion that this would…

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Serial Killer

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Detective Peterson was reviewing the interview footage of Kyle Raven. It was late at night and Peterson had looked at the footage many times. He was troubled but he couldn’t figure out why. He rewound the video tape and watched it…

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Life Virus

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer “Vibrablade.” Across the table, gowned and goggled the ranking surgeon held a hand out expectantly. “Vibrablade,” she raised her voice, “either assist or get the hell out of my O.R.” The corporal had grown accustomed to being yelled…

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Freedom!

Author : Krista Bunskoek Stealing the unimobile gave her the rush of a lifetime. Speeding up the mountainous, winding highway, she laughed like a youthful mutineer. “Change sound,” she commanded. “Sound changing,” stated the pleasant sync voice. “Which sound would you…

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The Perfect Prison

Author : Colin O’Boyle Edgar Miller was a convict. Currently, he was an escaped convict, and that was the way he intended to stay. He’d broken out of prison through a series of well-laid plans, noticed opportunities and a bit of luck, not to mention violence. “I said,…

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Futureblind

Author : Justin Short The world’s largest man will tell you like he has told half a dozen others: you are not experiencing time travel. Just relax. Of course, he’ll feed his face on a double bucket of chicken as he explains it, but that part isn’t vital to…

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The Dutiful Husband

Author : Martinus Guzman My confused senses grasped at the world about me. Skin pulsed along with a faint rhythmic metal tick of a clockwork engine. Ozone, cinder and iron burst over my tongue, tasting a room filled with energy and power. Dank corners and oiled…

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Arms Race

Author : Steve Hall The spectators watched raptly as the assault team crept through the artificial cityscape. Their experience was obvious – steady, even steps, eyes and weapons constantly scanning a full hemisphere of potential threats. The point man held up a closed…

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Retrograde

Author : Nic Swaner Scents from inside the suit intertwined their intentions with the sights of tangled and tessellated hair illumed by firefly LED’s, spiking my circulation with memories and murmurs of dopamine. I took her by the gaze; she steered her sight away from…

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Under Surveillance

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer A low, thin fog rolled down the hillside. There was something almost menacing in its approach. When it encountered an object, a tree or a rock, it appeared to stop in surprise as if trying to make up its mind before dividing and…

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Soldier Boy

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer James was sick of his grandfather’s racism. He didn’t care if he was a war hero. “They’re not people, Jimmy. They have no feelings.” His grandfather shouted from the other room. James loaded up the dishwasher, closed it, and took…

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Sprites

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Earthmen first encountered the Sprites in 2384. The Sprites were fist sized glowing spheres that emitted a pulsating white light. However, the light defied known physics. Normally, a prism would refract white light into a…

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Open House

Author : Brian Varcas “OK, so what did you really think of it, now we’re on our own?” She had made all the right noises when the agent was showing us around the place; “Yes, I think I could see us living here…it feels like home already” that sort of thing. She’s…

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Speed Dating

Author : Ian Rennie The first thing he noticed was her neck. She had a certain way about her when she laughed, like she had to throw her whole head back, like this laugh was something bigger than she could easily contain that emerged from her like Venus from a…

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Robot the Clever Robot

Author : Jason Frank Reconsidering old things, as she was that week, Marlene unpacked the first robot she had built, the robot named Robot. She had not so much as thought of the robot in years and, seeing it again, was surprised to find it not so shoddy as she…

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