Spores

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer and J. S. Kachelries “Command and Control says that we will not be permitted to land,” stated Taylor O’Leary, the pilot of the return module. Despite knowing that O’Leary wasn’t responsible for the decision, Jonathan Hartwell…

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Drifting

Author : Bryant Pocock “Dammit,” grunted Sam as the wrench slipped and he lost his grip, drifting slowly away from the mining craft. “Now I’m really in deep shit.” Mentally running through his options, the panicked miner came up with nothing. The battered and stinking…

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The Barate

Author : Daniel Fuhr The haze of smoke lingered over the sharp nose and into aged eyes. Smoking on spacecraft was strictly forbidden according to regulations. Jascon owned this tugboat; he made his own rules and could give a damn about those regulations. He squinted…

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Walkers

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I woke up with pain in my head and a shrieking in my ears. All I could hear was this horrible sound ringing around in my head. It was like car tires and screeching baboons and fire alarms all mixed together. A migraine pounded…

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In HIS Name…

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer Put on the armour of God… to stand firm against the tactics of evil. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, the Word of GOD. from Ephesians 6:13-17 “In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,…

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Get off my lawn, robot!

Author : Patrick Kennedy “Mom, there’s something in the front yard!” “What is it, Billy?” “A robot, Mom! What’s a robot doing in our yard?” “I don’t know, Billy. It must have gotten past the fence somehow.” “But I thought the fence was supposed to keep them out!” “It…

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Hold on to something

Author : V.L.Ilian “Hogwash! There was a mathematical proof the sound barrier could not be broken even tough they were breaking it with cannons in Newton’s time! There was a mathematical proof the light barrier could not be broken even tough they were breaking it in…

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Can't You Find Anything Up There?

Author : Sean Monaghan Sid smiled as Alex handed him the separation results. One more test and they could announce. They’d known all along of course, since the first samples, but Mars Twelve operated on a government testing regime. No disclosure until verified. Too…

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Flare

Author : Liz Lafferty “Tell me the story again, Grandpa. Did we really have automatic lights? And could you really talk to someone on the other side of the planet?” I laughed. We huddled by the fires every night, the children always wanting to hear one of my fantastic…

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Going for Gold

Author : Paul Starkey The athlete sat before me took a while to speak. At first he just sobbed. It’s a common enough reaction; I see it in many of those referred to me. A combination of fear and guilt, with a spoonful of self loathing mixed in. As was often the case…

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Civilization

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Vladislava Demidov and Pierre Rousseau were Space Traffic Controllers for the Alpha Centauri Tri-System. They were half way through their shift when their long range sensors picked up an unidentified ship approaching from the…

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And We Do Insurance…

Author : Tony Healey When my heart decided to start failing on me around my seventy-fifth, the doctors offered me a bio-mechanical one. They called it ‘the ox;’ so called because it apparently never wore out. I remember sitting in the consultants office, surrounded by…

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Aries

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer I love making a drop. The rush as you plummet through the atmosphere, the scream of re-entry. The abrupt jolt when you hit 100m H over G and descend. The rush of cool air as you jump through the open doors and hit the deck. Just…

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Terrorgator

Author : KJ Hannah Greenberg Snazzle considered, as she queued up, among the morning roses and goldenrod, that members of the machinists’ men didn’t take warmly to her puttering about their racks and chargers. Despite the technicians’ protest to the contrary, whenever…

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Away In An Incubator

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer We put Jesus24K99 into his cage for our own protection. The anti-coagulants weren’t holding. He was destabilizing. He’d bleed out soon. The hole in our research was the stigmata. The actual crucifix had been uncovered in a…

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Material Decisions

Author : Lisa Marie Andrews “What’ll you choose?” She stood behind the boy and looked into the mirror. His cheeks were dusted with freckles; eyes darkened with indecision. “I don’t know.” He said. He’d always thought it odd that the skinless wore no clothing. They…

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Clutter

Author : Phill English Special Agent Jessy McCormick knocked gently on the door of the Director’s office. He looked up from his desk, where a large holographic display was swarming with reports that he was busy gesturing into folders, signing quickly, or dumping into…

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Vindication

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The two Capellians had traveled over 40 light years to collect a breeding pair of humans for the University of Xenobiology, on Capella Prime. During the trip, they also diligently recorded the various transmissions emanating…

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