Starry Night

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer “Hell? Hell is what you carry in your heart. All your regrets. Things you should have done but didn’t. Things you did but shouldn’t have. That’s Hell. You carry Hell with you.” Without another word he stood and walked out beyond…

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Visitation Rights

Author : Andrew DiMatteo “Hey there Col! I haven’t seen you in a while. How have you been?” “Honestly? Things have been pretty crazy.” “Come to think about it, I seem to remember Bill saying something happened between you and Deb… is everything ok?” “Not really man….

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Ego Loss

Author : Damien Krsteski The receptionist was tapping her pudgy fingers impatiently on the desk. Leaning on one hand, her pale face hid momentarily behind an inflating chewing gum bubble until a loud pop revealed a familiar expression of utter boredom and…

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First…and last contact

Author : Brian Varcas There was no doubt about it. That was definitely Hendrix! Brad had every recording the legendary guitarist had ever made, including every bootleg live performance. He could easily tell the difference between the real thing and the myriad of…

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The Quantum Mind

Author : James Rhodes “Do you know why you keep making the same mistakes over and over?” Susan asked. Daniel shrugged, he didn’t really care. “It’s because you’re forgetful.” “OK.” “Well, what are you going to do about it?” Daniel didn’t really feel like talking,…

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Furniture Music

Author : Jason Frank “Would you drop it already?” not really a question, not the way he said it. “They are not alive. A little self repair, a little self preservation, and occasional self replacement do not make things alive. They make them some damn good products…

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Childcare

Author : Jae Miles “Dear Tara, If you’re reading this, then I have just died again. I am sorry that I will miss Luke’s sixth birthday and even more grieved over missing our eighth anniversary. That brings me to evens now, I promise to try and make the ninth. Never…

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Hand Out

Author : James Orbesen My comfort worn wooden chair stands at attention in the city glow of a midnight rainstorm. Droplets patter, tapping on the glass of my three floor-to-ceiling windows as I sit six floors above the sidewalk and peer down at umbrellas weaving a…

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Contenders

Author : A. S. Andrews Reboot. You’re only a runner up. There’s no box office fame in your future. Come on now. Remember how, in preschool, they gave everyone medals, so no one felt left out? And how, in grade school, they had graduations for all the grades, so…

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Ride the Lightwave Home

Author : Damien Krsteski “So, will you finally tell me why we’re here?” The ice cubes rattled as Jane drank the remaining drops of her orange juice and vodka cocktail. “I hate it when you’re so secretive.” Nick smiled and slurped his vodka. Krylania was a wondrous…

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The Inner Frontier

Author : Jason Verch Fred sat quietly as they finished attaching the myriad of sensors to him. Dr. Samuels, the man in charge of the experiment, fitted an oxygen mask over his face and said, “That’s everything.” “Don’t worry,” Dr. Samuels said, “we’ve got everything…

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Ruffles and Flourishes

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer “… as well as outstanding valour…” He stood unmoving before the division. His dress blues, marking him as a Master Gunnery Sergeant of the Northern Confederacy’s elite Marine Corps, stood out under the brilliant lights against…

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The One True Thomas

Author : Jason Frank He fumbles at the door and we, the Thomases, look over even though we know it’s him (even the human’s speculative fiction hasn’t imagined the technologies that hide that entrance). Our door opens and the Outside Thomas shuffles in, looking much…

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The Bay It Buzz

Author : Harris Tobias I knew they were lying. “Don burry Bill, ebry thing bill be all bright,” in that crazy accent of theirs with their “B’s” and “W’s” crossed. The house was a horrible mess. The furniture was dirty and old. What pictures there were were crooked and…

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Time Travel

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer God give me patience, she thought, as Peter ran into the living room with another ‘great invention’. Peter was wearing a flanged-open broccoli steamer on his head with a crude system of wires sticking out of it like dead flowers…

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The Witness

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer It didn’t bother me at first. Killing them I mean. They had come to our home world with plans of conquest. I can’t even dignify what happened by calling it a war. They claim we fired first, which was true, but nobody asked them…

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Earthsick

Author : Matthew Callaway It looks like snow, except there’s no snow here, no rain. The foamy droplets float down from the decontamination sprayers as a ship lands, speckling the faceplate of my respirator. When I was a kid seeing snow was like seeing a planet for the…

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Omniflower

Author : Ron Wingrove Discovery of the Omniflower should have been one of the greatest of the 23rd century. It happened on a distant planet, to a ragged crew from an equally-shabby exploration ship. Anybody who could cobble together an FTL drive went into exploration….

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