Growing Pains

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer We lived in a tribe outside the main disc. The arm struts of the cogshield branched out above us like a gear. Where we lived was all angles. It had been this way ever since our creation. My little one was sick. I’d built him…

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Resourceful

Author : Steven Odhner Come closer to the monument, child. Do not be afraid. You have done well to make it all the way here – I know the journey from your village is hard. Your brother had to turn back the first time, and your mother arrived with an injured ankle and…

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Alex

Author : Daniel Bensen Alex This has been a humbling experience. I can admit now that I was a little arrogant. I suppose I had reason to be. I was—I suppose I still am—the best mathematician on Earth. Funny. I know I should have expected this. But then, most of us…

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Sky

Author : Michael Varian Daly Junior Lieutenant Menat Borsa, Space Force Marines, had the Third Watch on Barracks Platform 2/26 [2nd Regt/26th Batt] because, bluntly put, she was a ‘noob’, barely four months out of the Academy. And she was fine with that Tradition from…

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El Nuevo Capitan

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer (Circa 2256) Epsilon Indi is an orange-red dwarf star located in Ursa Major, near the bowl of the Big Dipper. By astronomical standards, Epsilon Indi is a newborn, having only become a main sequence star around the time that the…

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Litmus Test

Author : Phill English Bob leaned back in his chair and sighed. The first day had been a long time coming. Every time they thought they had the whole project licked, a new feature came to light that had to be incorporated into the preliminary model. And there were a…

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Sufficiently Advanced

Author : Steven Odhner Jacob looked down at his hands, at the skin that had grown wrinkled and translucent over time, veins rising as the liver spots bloomed around them. His wedding ring rattled around loosely on his twiglike finger, secured only by the gnarled joint…

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We Love Bunnies!

Author : Grant Bergland “Computer, I am not the captain, I am a fifth midshipman.” “Incorrect. According to Navy regulations you are captain. The captain and first mate were atomized with the science officer and chief engineer. Point seven seconds later, the chaplain,…

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Dinner Time

Author : Debbie Mac Rory Sonia swallowed her meal pills, grimacing. She hated the things, and they always stuck in her throat. Adjusting the infusion cuff on her arm, she picked up the control and started thumbing through a selection of dining experiences: family…

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The Future

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer “Man, we got ripped off.” said Manuel. He was watching an old tri-D of a Flash Gordon serial made in the fifties. In the show, the year was 1998, just like now. It was hilarious and depressing all at the same time. Manuel’s robot…

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Condensate

Author : Phill English “I just don’t want to hear it, Helen.” Helen grips Henry’s arm as he moves about the household, packing his things into a small carry-bag. She tries to spin him to face her as she pleads, but he remains resolute in his mission. “Please, Henry,…

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Conundrum on Titan

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The Herschel Scientific Outpost was located on the northernmost shore of the Lacus Ocean at Titan’s South Pole. The outpost housed six earth scientists whose primary mission was to study the life forms discovered on Saturn’s…

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She Sees

Author : Yubin Kim “I can see time, you know.” She said. He looked up from a piece of paper full of scribbled equations, frowning at the interruption. “What?” She plucked the pencil out of his loose grasp, quelling his half-formed protestations with a mysterious…

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All-You-Can-Eat

Author : J. Keegan In line at the all-you-can-eat, and I’m waiting my turn; fifty different alien species in the joint; it’s hard to get human food anymore; an earthling on earth and out of place. I lift the lid to, ‘Turkey,’ but it is Alevi style, raw turkey,…

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Saving the drowning girl

Author : Ian Rennie I was out for a walk last night when I heard a cry for help. There was a girl in the river. I don’t know how she got there, she didn’t say at the time, and I haven’t asked her yet. All she said then was “help!”, in a voice that got sharper and…

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Lone Wolf

Author : Liz Lafferty Jonathan Wolf had grown old in space. His craft chugged across the Milky Way on its return journey to Earth. As the first solo explorer and the first man who’d left the galaxy, he was anxious to return home. Potential candidates had been selected…

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The Bird-Watcher

Author : Jeff Phillips Grace took her hat off, wiping the beads of sweat from her forehead with the back of her aged hand. She hated the angle of the sun at this time of day, but this was the only place on the grounds where she felt alive. Butterflies lit on the…

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Beleuchtung

Author : L. Mellancorps Allis coughed. Jard pulled his knife out of its sheath. Jard carries a hunting knife he found in a museum, so it’s probably even older than the video cassettes he likes to collect. It has a blade as long as my forearm with a thick,…

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