Wolf-Rayet 104

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Doctor Letum stood on the bridge of the Galaxy Explorer, staring at the forward viewscreen anticipating his first up-close look at Wolf-Rayet 104. It was not easy getting to this point, he mused. Ten years of filing…

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Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer There are those amongst us that still refer to it quietly as genocide when they have the courage to bring it up at all. Never in any official capacity, only at interface groups and multitap fileshares, and only then after a few…

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Drilling Through Infinity

Author : Clint Wilson, Featured Writer “So this is it?” I asked, more than just a little depressed and disappointed. “Well what did you expect?” asked Grrrrshnk. The giant veins in his bulbous blue head pulsated visibly through his space helmet. “I dunno,” I replied….

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Walk Softly

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Roscoe dimmed the lights in the living room and then powered up his suit. In the floor to ceiling mirror beside the stone fireplace he could admire how truly daunting a warrior he looked. From the heavy platform boots on his feet to…

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Library Loan

Author : Suzanne Borchers Bea stared through the 10 mm thick window at the metallic mining equipment covering the gray landscape. One more plate to wipe then she’d be able to read and escape this. She’d be in a colorful world filled with fascinating sights and…

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The Showdown

Author : David Nutt It took all of Jimmy J’s concentration to lock out the invading minds trying to pry the secrets from him. The first attack was dealt with easily, the Thulian from the belt. It was straight forward frontal lobe probing. Brute force, horribly off…

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Eight Years

Author : Tim Rouse It’s been eight years. I suppose it had to happen sometime. They’ve been here longer than that, of course. Just shy of a century, they say. But eight years ago they revealed themselves, thousands of people enslaved, with aliens in their bodies, and…

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To The End of Time, Or Lisa

Author : Damien Krsteski “One more and you’re done,” the bartender informs me. I nod, then take a large sip from the bottle. Due to the nature of their work, bartenders tend to know certain things about people. Fortunately, the multiversal collapse that would lead me…

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Cold, Sweet Tea

Author : g.a.harry Such heat. Wave upon wave. Through air thick as tapioca. Brutal oppressive. Under the awning, the shade makes it worse. Adding weight, piling on heavy. A bead of sweat starts to form on his forehead. Welling up till gravity pulls it down the side of…

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Old Times There Are Not Forgotten

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer Captain William Dietz shuddered in revulsion every time he mounted his aircraft. It was a tiny lifting body. Its short, sleek swept wings blended seamlessly into the fuselage halves. He lay ventrally in an exact Dietz shaped…

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Refuge

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer The Chaots dance the K’chana K’chan as the Haalen vaults scream. When they finish the ancient steps of the Cornered Circle, the vaults will channel years of accumulated energy through their engineered nervous systems and another haul…

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The Community

Author : Cech They try not to let them know that they aren’t human. They say it’s for their own good; they wouldn’t be able to handle the reality. I don’t know, though. I mean, if they knew from the beginning, they weren’t told anything else, why wouldn’t they be able…

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Next Time

Author : Damien Krsteski Nurse Anne’s botoxed face creases into a contrived expression of worry but her tone remains bizarrely casual, “I’m sorry Mrs. Adrian, but as you can see for yourself, we’re unable to start therapy on the fetus.” Caroline gets visibly agitated….

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Star Light, Star Bright

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer It wasn’t much. A rocky asteroid honeycombed with branching tunnels and storage chambers. Though predominantly a rocky body, it contained enough nickel and iron to shield its twelve inhabitants from hard radiation. Though not…

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TrueMate

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I hope I like her. I hope I like her. The Truemate service is just one of the programs. There’s Perfectjob and Opti-health as well. It’s no utopia but people the world over agree that this system is the best so far. There isn’t…

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Write

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer The room is dim as I seal the doors and windows against the polluted mist that descends most nights. I wave the low-lights on as I pass to check on Linda. She’s sleeping peacefully so I wander back to the den, collecting a can of…

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Pretty Boy

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer The police bulletins all called him ‘Pretty Boy’, but those that preferred their atoms in the form they were currently coalesced called him ‘Mr. Floyd’, or simply ‘Sir’. His reputation had followed him from planet to planet, system…

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Secrets

Author : Isaac Archer Dad brought me to his lab again today. I was really excited when he told me I could come help him with his work because I want to be a scientist too. He told me not to tell Mom, because it’s a secret, our secret. “Some things are for sharing,” he…

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