Sabbath

Author : D’n Russler It had been an eventful two weeks that the first exploration from Sol’s System had spent on the rocky planet about twice Earth’s size named “Wolf”, circling Gliese 581. Yaacov Ben-Ish and his team of exobiologists had revealed a vast, rich ecology…

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Yellowshift

Author : Garrett Harriman Marigolds blossomed in the Evermore courtyard, tiny manes preening in the light. Alongside them, Halley proofed her math. She knew it took eight minutes–ninety-two million miles–for sunlight to blanket the void of space and peck their…

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MyMasterPlan.ppt

Author : Jason Frank He was losing the crowd. Maybe they were already gone. “Look, this is a new approach. We can’t keep attacking them directly; we always lose. We need to try unconventional approaches. We can win if we make them fight the battles they don’t want to…

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Coldships

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer It was a shock to learn how short their life spans were but not surprising considering how much naked energy they threw off. We do not know how long we live because none of us have ever died, only changed form. They called…

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Rediscovery

Author : Patrick Condon His memory was slowly returning. That’s what she told him, at least. The physician was a liar, though. He remembered nothing before Thursday, the day they woke him up. They called him Keene. It wasn’t his name. He would correct them, only to…

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Soldier Ex Machina

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer The soldier sat on the corner of his footlocker in the virtually empty barracks, the barrel of his sidearm pressed against his temple. A respectful distance away, Major Ramses watched the younger man calmly, speaking in soothing…

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Restoring the Great Library of Georgia

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The dilapidated sign above the front door read, “Doctor Hawking’s Tackle and Bait Shop”. “I don’t know, Anthony,” stated Lamar Gregory of the University of Georgia’s Temporal Physics Department. “Do you really think that’s ‘The’…

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Lost Perspective

Author : Isaac Archer Be careful. Those were the last words Gully had spoken to him. And as he drifted beyond the point where the shallows ended and the real ocean began, Sam’s greatest regret was that the old man would know he hadn’t listened. Again. Greed is the…

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No Time

Author : Andrew Bale He stared at the body on the ground. He felt like he should be crying, laughing, raging at the universe, something other than just sitting there, but all he could do was sit there and stare. The belt pouch was new – he had never seen it before….

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Proto

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Geff opened and closed his eyes. The darkness was absolute, so neither state made a difference. He could feel rather than hear the thin air screaming past his projectile encasement, launched as it was from near the edge of the…

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Coup

Author : Cesium Andelie stands atop the Fisher Building, gazing across miles of open air at the Monolith. It is formally the Colonial Administrative Headquarters, but it is always called the Monolith. Its imposing black form towers over the rest of the city. Fisher is…

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Re Animated

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer It was too creepy. The dead should remain dead. The questionnaires were thorough and all of the data kept and cross referenced on the laptop computer beside the projector. The A.I. program was competent. The facial animation on…

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Little Plastic Baggie

Author : Dan Whitley “What is this?” Marc demanded, shaking a little plastic baggie in front of his son’s face. “This better not be what I think it is.” “What, it’s not like you didn’t do that sort of thing when you were my age,” Ralph shot back. “Besides, they’re not…

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Yes, I Am

Author : Per Wiger He used knock-knock jokes like cadence calls, keeping one foot moving ahead of the other as the two of us, road-worn travelers shuffled passed Victory station on the old blue line. “Knock-knock,” his words cut through air choked with the detritus of…

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Paying Dress-Up

Author : Evan Kayne “Look, this is ridiculous. I didn’t profit from making and then wearing my Mikey Moose costume for Halloween last year. I went to a party then after we went out to a bar. I wasn’t saying I was the real Mikey. It was just me.” Del Rogers pointed…

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Unconditional

Author : Jonas David Private Connor had been to brothels plenty of times on leave, but he’d never bothered to talk to any of the units before. Usually you gave the clerk your account, selected your model, got your rocks off and left. Done deal. But somehow this one…

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Prospecting

Author : Andrew Bale Survey Ship Aldrin drifted softly through space, main jets silent while the steering and attitude thrusters pushed it gently through a seemingly empty patch of space. Weeks spent surveying an assigned sector rimward of Epsilon Eridani had come…

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Aether ex Machina

Author : Michael Iverson He was still seizing when the light hit his eyes. His head was pounding as he squeezed them shut, but it still tore into him, bright as the sun. His body was convulsing and his arms were trembling as he tried to hold onto himself. He wanted to…

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