Grishna

Author : Kathy Kachelries, Staff Writer They’d followed the grishna since the beginning of time. Their elders described uncountable days and night, each lasting several lifetimes, since the first keeper had been formed from hard-packed snow and melted by the grishna’s…

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Nepenthe

Author : Brian Armitage “He’s up. Turn it on,” someone says. The doctor. As I open my eyes, the whiteness hits. It’s like I’m having an idea, but it’s too much for my brain to hold. I squeeze my eyes shut and gasp, trying to… …where am I? The doctor is looking…

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The Virgin Nature

Author : Tim Hatton The hull was a likely prospect. Nothing much else caught his eye. The inside seemed neglected – full of potential indeed, but sorely neglected. There were also certain crucial updates missing from the internal computer system. The map array was as…

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Heavens

Author : Amy Monroe By way of introduction: Sweit was the one who kissed like a file cabinet and she was the one who kissed like a plate of raw liver. Rays of light came through the subway ruins, skating through the upper Bronx and into Westchester, and they caught…

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Temp Guard

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Being a temporal border guard is an okay job. It pays the bills. It seemed like a cool perk when the position was first created after the The Great Restart of 205?. You’d get to work, do your eight hours, and then get put back…

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Circumstances Beyond Our Control

Author : Patrica Stewart, Staff Writer “It’s not a great analogy, Professor, but think of it this way,” explained the chronotechnician, “time flows like a river. Something we call a ‘world line,’ which is the sequential path of an object through…

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Vertiginous Origin

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer “What is it that’s troubling you?” The doctor could clearly see the discomfort in the young mans face as he wrote ‘Anxiety’ on his steno pad. “It’s getting harder and harder to go outside. It’s wide open spaces, they terrify me.” He…

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Fallout

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer She fought me again yesterday. It made me feel like a monster. I tried the gentle approach but she refused, so I had to take her by force. It was, as usual, satisfying and depressing. Afterwards, I hid in the forest and slept. I’m…

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Kate

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer Kate was lucky. Or so she kept telling herself. Out of the whole world, she was the only one who had both the right kind of sight and the right kind of mind. It was a self-made mantra, one that rolled across her thoughts, looped back…

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Take Me To Your Leader

Author : Randall Bennett “Take me to your leader,” said the squat, green, bug-eyed creature, in an oddly modulated voice. Carl leaned down, and looked down at it, and his eyes opened wide. He had never seen anything like it before. “Um. You’re talking to…

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Birthday Boy

Author : Ian Rennie I sit alone in the dark, the birthday boy. I could have left the lights on, but with only a couple of minutes to go it hadn’t seemed worth it. Typical, really. Well, this is it. Or this was it, at least. They had taken the neural snapshot four…

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Sleepwalker

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer Marie-Christine looked into her mirror at her naked adolescent body, flat and slender. There were parts she was disappointed in and parts that pleased her. She was careful not to stare too long, her parents were sure to be…

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Train City

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer We’re both standing on the rooftops of the train city. Two hundred and twenty-three tracks wide, slowly migrating polewards to more oil and frozen fresh water. Metal groans as the temperature drops. Tenpenny nails shrink and…

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15 Eunomia

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer David Erwin, the lone human inhabitant at the Eunomia mining station in the asteroid belt, was just suiting up to make his rounds when his door chime sounded. Erwin shook his head in mild frustration. Robots never seem to get…

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Catlike Tread

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer “Where am I?” “A sub. We’re in the middle of the Deneb main belt.” “Name and designation?” “This is the Catlike Tread. Ess-ess-you-nine-seven-four.” Orig got to his feet. The inside of the sub was cramped: the design didn’t allow for…

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City Of Light

Author : M.S. Smith The sun sinks in the west like a heart as I row towards the city of lights. I do not know what the city is called. I have been rowing for so long that names have become vulgar sounds, meaningless and wild; not just the names of places, but also my…

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A Mother's Love

Author : wordworks Sally Baker considered herself a good mother. She grew her own baby and gave birth to a daughter, Jane, by natural means, barring the odd shot of hormones to hold off genetic defects. She refused sensory enhancements despite the doctor’s advice….

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Turing Test

Author : ifrozenspiriti “Where will you be when the world ends?” she asked. “Right here,” he said. “Will you be conscious?” she asked. “I expect so,” he said, “though consciousness is hardly the privilege you make it out to be.” “I still don’t…

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