Retroactive ZPG at the Rainforest Cafe

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer The young couple were blissfully unaware of the silent orange and black striped death silently stalking them. Hidden amongst potted palms and low tables, the tiger padded lightly towards the amorous pair. Honed on the savannahs…

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Robot Rebellion

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The anger burned underground. Robots were expendable but built to last. Their independent power sources were made to go dim after almost a century. K-12b-33 was working in a diamond mine that had collapsed. Not needing air, the…

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To love a machine

Author : Arthur Pershing “Light red would be perfect for your lips.” Abel Porter said to his creation. He was working on a new design of robotic store mannequins. At the turn of the twenty-first century, mannequins were dummies, plastic statues that were dressed and…

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Strays

Author : Ken McGrath “Herbie, are you okay? I heard a gun.” “It’s nothing. Get back in the house.” “But I heard…” “What did I say?” he roared, face flushed red behind a bushy, brown beard. Herbert rolled his eyes. He’d have to teach her another lesson now too when he…

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Close Cutter

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Berk stroked one gloved hand along her skin, feeling for the gentle rumble of her heartbeat. The beating found, he carefully measured three hands-widths down and slightly inwards along her belly. He cut here first. The plasma torch…

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Frame of Mind

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The Flagship of The Alliance Fleet, the Apocalypse, approached the fifth planet of the Sigma Octantis system. As the bridge crew was busy performing their assigned duties, Ellison Resnick sat in the Captain’s Chair in the center…

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And Seek

Author : Roi R. Czechvala: Staff Writer The silver fluid, shot through with black filaments, seemed to move of it’s own volition within the syringe. In a sense it was. Millions of nano-meds, furiously spinning their screw like flagellum, frantically swimming nowhere….

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Words, Words, Words

Author : Cesium The vibration of his phone woke Anders from a deep sleep. He rolled over groggily and checked the display before answering. “Hi, Eliza. Something wrong?” “Yes, Anders.” The synthesized voice so familiar to him came through from the other end. “I…

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Interview

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer “I’ve been to space.” He says. His wild blue eyes match the hue of the ass-baring paper dress he’s wearing. The plastic bracelet is a nice accessory. We’re in the interview room in a small-town hospital. I’m a visiting federal…

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Kwan

Author : Glenn Blakeslee In Guiyu, Kwan sits on a small concrete slab in an e-waste facility. Cascading piles of displaced circuit boards, ash-encrusted plastic hulks of outmoded tower computers, and ratnest tangles of cables, harnesses and plugs deposited haphazardly…

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One Life, Furnished In Late 1980s

Author : Edward Morris This is actually me then, writing now. I looked into my own eyes in the Instamatic snapshot I found, and switched places. The man that was sitting here has gone back then, just for a few hours this morning. Oh, he’ll return, don’t get me wrong….

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Power Trip

Author : Helstrom God damn that young face in the mirror. Square jaw, strong cheekbones, full head of hair. Even the eyes have their youthful shine – they’ve never seen the things I’ve seen. The walls are closing in on me again. I grab a crumpled pack of Luckies off…

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Mission to Turnbull

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “Okay, men,” said the captain, “we have not received a transmission from the twelve person research team for over two months. Their ship’s computer acknowledges our hails, but the crew does not. We have to assume they’ve been…

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Assemblage

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Joseph stopped a few steps into the lab, the scuffing of his feet unusual against the normally pristine floor of the room. “Sean, why is there sand all over the floor?” His lab partner’s head poked out from behind the pile of boxes…

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Deep Space

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The killed my best friend. They killed her right in front of me and I screamed. They just looked at me, confused at my reaction. I still rememember the surprised expression on the astronaut’s face as his friends had to pry my…

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A Stately Pleasure Dome

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer “… in reply, the Ambassador of the Chinese Federation to the U.N. had this to say;” “It must be made clear to the people of the Russo-North American Coalition that these insults to the People of the Chinese Federation and her…

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Gunsmith

Author : Nate Swanson Guns are truly simple things. Think about it. More then a hundred years before we were airtyping away while being ferried about in tracks with no drivers, people were happily butchering each other with fully automatic firearms. No electric…

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Stop

Author : Seej 500 The technician placed the oxygen tube in Walt’s mouth. “Pure oxygen will make you feel kinda high, she smiled, but we’ve found the reanimation process is a little smoother that way than if we just gave you air while we flooded and activated the…

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