The Child

Author: David Barber The child has learned a lot of things. It knows about the food machines and how to trick them; it knows where a tap drips water to drink, and it learned early on about light and dark. It learned the lights in the ceilings get tired too, but…

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Watership Up

Author: DJ Lunan “I supply water just like my ancestors did”, discloses Chinza in quiet but precise home-world English. Mkoe’s always returns to this sole recording of Chinza, even though he’d died of cholera on Earth over one hundred years before her birth on…

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Ghosts and the Machines

Author: David C. Nutt I don’t remember dying, and I don’t remember much of my living, but I do remember here and now. I am a human brain, once a human named Doug… (or was it Mike?) Anyway, brain in android bi-pedal human form body, resurrected for research and…

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The Comedian

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer War is a sanguisuge. The blood thief, taker of light and life and sleep that is sound. The old one who rips speech from shocked throats and piss-stains the sheets of the brave. Two fat men sit in a room leafed in gold. A dirty pact…

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Lifetime Renewability

Author: Jack Bates Rae smiled as patiently as she could. The elderly man sitting across from her gave her that look of confusion so many other clients expressed upon hearing their claim had been denied. “I don’t understand,” the man said. “Back in twenty-twenty, that…

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The Skin of the Conquered

Author: Coleman Bomar The doctor scowled in disgust behind an orange Hazmat mask, began to remove the feeding tube and said, “1284, I suppose by now you’re tired of being fed through your sinus or whatever the hell you things call it. Well, I have bad news, we are…

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PTSD

Author: David C. Nutt “Thank you for your service,” she said. “Thank you for your support,” I replied with the appropriate level of expected gratitude. The hardware store clerk saw the veterans imprint on my license. I didn’t ask for it, it’s required by law. Still,…

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Mesozoic Overcrowding

Author: David K Scholes “When they transported us down time to the original colony I thought we would at least have the place to ourselves,” Urrle was indignant. “Apart from the dinosaurs of course.” “We did,” I replied, “we did for a while.” “Until “they” started…

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Full Burn

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer Kaz got close enough to town for broadband wireless access before hunkering down in a culvert under the roadway. His suit’s AI ran the standard duck and cover protocols, scouring for low-security funding resources, supplies available…

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Stupid Girl

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer I hate women. I really do. I guess that’s probably why I chose this life. Or maybe it’s as they say, it’s this life that chose me. I’d heard that up here in the colonies the women are obedient. That they do as they’re damn well told….

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Dark Chambers of My Heart

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer The fan on the ceiling turns slowly, another kitsch feature of this fake colonial era hospital. I do not know when hospitals started to compete for trade, but the ‘healing ambience’ vogue has been out of control – and good taste – for a…

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Goats in my Family

Author: Mandira Pattnaik Summer 2039, Tokyo: Goats read the evening news on TV. Goats? Yes! Take it, or leave it! Not goats, Sam! Kamala had once corrected me. I had been silent then. It’s so much better to buy peace with your spouse even if you know better! I had…

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Survivor of the Revolution

Author: David C. Nutt We lost the robot revolution. Most of us missed it entirely and got the memo three or four days later when the internet came back on-line. Hey, we’re not as clueless as it sounds. The stories about solar storms and sunspot activities that were…

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Memories Inherent in the Afternoon

Author: Will H. Blackwell, Jr. Three PM: As per daily routine, a 15-lb. allotment of raw horse-meat is cast, piecemeal, into the uncertain hollows of this Ohio cage. The insouciance of the Lioness—born years ago in such captivity—is palpable. As the small zoo’s main…

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Reef

Author: Luke Shors “The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef formed over millions of years”. Raj heard the divemaster say through his earbuds. It had been a decade since his last dive but a refresher in the pool had revived some rudimentary skill. Not…

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A Way Out

Author: Angus Miles Bang. Bang. Qean jams the knife into the man’s heart. He gurgles and crumples to the rust stained floor. Blood runs up the walls and across the ceiling like paint thrown from its bucket. The dead man’s half-flayed. Through the ship, the echoes hit…

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Be and Bo Versus the Nazis

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer Be and Bo waste in their room. Their skin is mottled and even the air has taken on the musky taint of peeling rot. Actually, it’s not so much a room as it is a cell, yet it’s the only home they’ve ever known. Their mother is a large…

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Flicker

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer There’s a lot to be said for the feeling of security granted by street lighting. Not overlooking the fact that its arrival heralded mankind moving from a lifestyle largely governed by the availability of daylight or men with…

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