When They Turn Out The Lights

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer When you’re hurtling through space, distance and time become distorted. Celestial bodies appear, and disappear, sometimes in the blink of an eye, the instrumentation the only proof they existed. Sometimes they seem to drift past over…

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Secrets of the Demiurge

Author: Don Nigroni I was an orphan, never adopted, perhaps because I wasn’t ever cute or special in any way. But, when I was nineteen, I was fortunate enough to become a live-in housekeeper to Professor David Knežević. He was a polymath, most renowned for the…

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Via Tenebrae

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer We spent a century looking for life on other worlds. Found some, too. Most of it wasn’t happy to meet us. Us being us, we got round that with our usual bonhomie and genocidal violence. Until we met the Pesserac. They kicked our…

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We Came In Peace?

Author: JC Hammer Everyone hears new and they think different or better. That’s not always true. Humans on Mars? Sure that’s new. There’s nothing different about us, though. Nothing better. They didn’t exactly take the best of us with them. Sure, we’ve got a couple of…

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Into The Realm

Author: I.W.Ray “What’s the matter? I’m busy.” “He’s dead,” my ex-wife gulped through her sobs. She didn’t have to continue. I knew who she was talking about. “Are you still there?” “Yes,” I take a second to brace myself like a dam against the news I knew was coming….

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Prairie Echo

Author: Phil Gagnon The prairie stretches before me in an endless expanse under the million blue hues of a sublimely beautiful sky. The camp is busy with the preparations for serving the evening meal and then later to bed down for the night. A freshly downed buffalo…

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Shifter

Author: Kafi Desir-Lorde It took nine long seconds for my cells to transform. The dryness was unbearable. My innards felt charred and empty, especially my head; this was intensified by the vibration of my breathing chambers. I felt undulating friction between all of…

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Death in the Heavens

Author: Fariel Shafee It always was the dazzling stars — always, since he was a toddler. They flashed like beckoning lighthouses. “This is your destiny,” John utters the words in a room with no other souls. But the words feed into his own head. He likes the sound and…

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Oldest. Scam. In. The. Book.

Author: Andrew Dunn Tina played bass in a psychobilly band on Mars. She was telling Tim all about it, how she leaned skin and bones into that carbon fiber instrument and thumped those heavy strings in time with the beat. Tim was taking all she said in, because Tina…

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Witch Hunts

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer I didn’t want to write this, but here’s the thing: I have to. Sitting in my study, looking out the window at a glorious sunny day, with kids running riot in the playground and old folk sat on benches watching the world go by, it’s what…

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Visions

Author: Judith Pratt The statues were falling apart. I knew they would. Poseidon’s trident cracked. Hercules lost an arm, and the Discus Thrower lost his discus. Aphrodite still tried to hold something in her hand, but her robe had disintegrated. The bosses of Gods…

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Tethers

Author: Michael Hopkins Dr. Arden Hart floated through the airlock into the International Space Station IV. “Well, well…daddy’s little girl finally made it.” Captain Gianna Moralez, the ranking office on ISS IV, hoped her new recruit would get sick. “So you have…

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Not Again

Author: Robert Beech I woke with a sense of unease. Some sixth sense told me that all was not well in the world. Blearily, I turned on the light to see that my sixth sense had been right. It was midafternoon, I had overslept again, and the cage was open. I slid into…

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How To Set A Starship On Fire

Author: Claire Scherzinger Before you overload the reactor, have a drink next to the pilot’s seat; make sure the gravity is still on; otherwise, you’ll have little drops of moonshine floating everywhere, like rogue planets. Take a long last look at the deck, the pale…

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Sleeking

Author: Asher Wismer Sleeking flashing light through every little hole. Seventy holes. Counted them. Many times. Nothing to see outside but silver Sleeking, never-ending explosions. Shell keeps me alive. Eddo’s Star is a low-impact system and there’s still nothing out…

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Blind Date

Author: Abigail Hughes “What did you think?” “He’s nice.” “Nice? The bar was ‘nice.’ This walk is ‘nice.’ Denver is perfect. When he told me he was single, I was absolutely floored! You don’t run into a guy like him often. Did you see the way he inhaled that live…

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Proximity Causes

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer “We all call it ‘safe space’. The inventors of the concept called it ‘social distancing’. It was only two metres back then. They used it, along with increased ventilation and personal masking, to slow some respiratory epidemics….

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The Boot

Author: Justin Anderson He watches her tiny arms cast the line again. She’s already working the makeshift fishing rod with ease. She beams a proud smile up at him, one with all the warmth of a miniature sun. A foreign little star. He smiles back, and she continues…

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