Fraud

Author: Suzanne Borchers Cedric BotIV noted the blanket of artificial feathers had slipped off the old man’s shoulders. He lifted them back onto his master. Master preferred to dream of flight and the soft feel of his blanket mellowed his dreams. Cedric BotIV…

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Once There Was a Crew

Author: Craig C Lipman Once there was a human crew. Once, things only happened when the crew gave orders to me, the ship’s Synthetic Intelligence System (SIS). Once, the crew confided their secrets, love, and hopes to me, never considering I would betray them. Once I…

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Invest in Braille

Author: Benjamin Davis The world ending is a slow news day. A bit faster than the ousting of a third world tyrant, but quite a lot slower than a celebrity wedding. The astronomers were the first to realize. They tried to warn people in a series of boring essays…

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Upgrade

Author: Ken Poyner Coming back from work, I pass near the Post Office, so I thought I would stop in to see if the expected package had arrived. And it had: there in our box was the slim three inch by four inch by two inch box, the code autoloader with its new…

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V.O.L.E. Control

Author: Mina Voice ad on the New York subway, London tube, and Paris metro in 2067: Buy your V.O.L.E. now while stocks last! This compact and sleek e-bot can take over the running of your house from cleaning and stocking up your fridge to paying your bills. Why waste…

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Ad Astra Per Aspera

Author: Paul Garson Billy Forester sat in the rocket ship waiting for fuel. There was a big splotch on his helmet’s faceshield. It looked like one of Saturn’s moons. Then he remembered. His mother had kissed him good-bye. Suddenly there was a knocking sound on the…

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To Thine Own Self Be True

Author: David C. Nutt His laugh was annoying, his smirk maddening. His attitude… beyond human arrogance. I suppose that was the point, as he wasn’t exactly human anymore. As a parole officer, I had to deal with plenty of his kind. You’d think I’d be used to it by now,…

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Message from the Fleet

Author: Brian C. Mahon The Ultimo stood high on the pinnacle of the spiraling, marble-faced steel staircase, the dais of control, his seat of power. “Come, Sarai,” his voice echoed in the white chamber and in my mind. “Ascend. Join me.” I took in the height and…

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Eternal Dreams

Author: William Norberg Dreams. Were they pleasant? I can’t remember… Sleep used to come easily in the darkness of the night. But now I trudge endlessly through choking shadows. Where neither sleep nor death will come to me mercifully. Naked, cold, starving. A…

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Soul Tether

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer When they first met, it wasn’t the clumsy exo-rig she was using to navigate the university halls that caught their attention, or the baggy tie-dye jumpsuit her body was hidden inside. It wasn’t the way the students parted around her…

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Beware the Sages

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer The observation tower runs up through a hollow tree. Not sure which was here first, but it sure looks real. From the top, you can see damn near to the horizon in all directions. A view which is, no matter where you look, shades of green…

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Gilded Cage

Author: Rick Tobin Nondescript gray gruel drifted over the worn stainless spoon stirring in a prisoner’s brown wooden bowl. Two ragged, worn men sat facing each other, heads bent down toward a stained wooden picnic bench, one lifting a metal water cup to dilute rancid…

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The Aliens Finally Find Something Edible

Author: Ken Poyner So what: a fleet of alien starcraft sets down in Ohio and lets us know we are not alone in the Universe. Okay. Our rent is still due. The last of that special jam we bought at the farm store just over the state line has soured. You still prop…

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Leviathan

Author: David Barber A sudden rash of volcanoes, spewing poisonous smoke and ash; any closer and rock lofted by the eruptions would be raining from the clouds. So we fled underground, a move not without risk. Sometimes with eruptions come more quakes and roof-falls,…

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V-3

Author: Thomas E. Simmons That spring, the young woman we now know as V-3 crashed; purpled herself across a dead bocage of extraterrestrial mire with the proud medallions and Coat of Arms of the sovereign clipped to her lapels, while back home they made a wearisome…

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Life Beside the Beautiful People

Author: Matt McHugh We got the aliens’ first message when they were nine years out, about the distance of Neptune. It was a series of microwave pulses repeating the prime numbers between 1 and 1000 every few minutes. We replied with different sequences—squares, cubes,…

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Queen of Lies

Author: A. Lyn Thomson “Mother, where are we?” “This, my dear, is called the Male Incubatorium, and as the new Queen of our world, it is now your responsibility.” Shock flows through my veins as we stroll through a room I have never seen before. The fact that I have…

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