La Valse de Capitaine Merroux

Author : Luke Chmelik We were about to set in for refitting in the drydocks of Neptune when Capitaine Merroux of the Frégate Royaux Joyeuse came forth with a grand announcement. There would be a night of revelry in her private quarters, a formal ball to commemorate…

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Greetings, I Come in Peace

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Johnny pointed his broomstick “phaser rifle” at Tommy and squeezed the imaginary trigger. In his mind’s eye, the evil alien from the planet Zircon vaporized in a flash of light. But Tommy kept on running. “I got you Tommy,” he…

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Meat Farming

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer My family became meat farmers in the spring of ’22. Like a lot of city dwellers, we tired of the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life. We sold our possessions, liquidated our assets, and bought a stake in Canada that was ready…

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Storytime

Author : Ian Rennie The puddles of rainwater reflected neon and sodium up from the streets as the two men stood at the taxi rank. One waited, the other waited with him. “Shame you have to leave so early, Tom. The evening was just getting started.” “Sorry Jake, it’s…

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The Ham

Author : William Tracy “A Ham is coming!” The news spread like wildfire. Even the adults were swept up in the excitement. “A Ham is coming!” The Ham came from the east in a truck. I had never seen a truck move before! The adults eagerly asked the Ham for the news. I…

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The Incomprehensible Being

Author : Cal Glover-Wessel There is a being, I have witnessed that, through some strange twist of evolutionary fate, is able to move any which way through time, but through space can only move unceasingly forward. It lives a life parallel to our own, one where “day”…

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A Calendar Full of X's

Author : S.R. Dantzler “Hey Yates!” Dorian turned to see who called him. The thin blue laser of a retinal scanner flashed over his eyes. “You have been served.” The young courier handed Dorian an official-looking envelope and turned away, disappearing down the busy…

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Tests

Author : Bradley Hughes “Fucking tests.” I turned to look at the speaker sitting beside me at the bar. I noticed she had a small doll on the bar along with her drink, one of those wooden posable dolls made of jointed oval sections. I’ve always assumed they were for…

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Git Along Little Dogie

Author : Bob Burnett A glint of reflected sunlight caught Will McRae’s attention. He ground-hitched his sorrel gelding and bellied up the slope to look into the next draw. He scooted back down the slope, turned on his back and stared at the sky, his mouth suddenly…

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The Gyre

Author : Christopher Kueffner The ocean swell was enough to induce the whisky to move back and forth in the glass, but just barely. This spectacle occupied the close attention of Arlen Tidmore, Systems Assurance Specialist II. The minutely swaying liquid in the glass…

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Desperate Measures

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer A few hours after Tom and I had the science module operational, we decided to explore the terrain around the base camp. Silex IV was a warm, barren, desolate planet. There was no oxygen in the atmosphere, and no water anywhere,…

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Honest People

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer Joseph’s Grandfather knocked down the cabin door, and stood silhouetted in the blue morning light of Io. Inside, Joseph and Thomas and Betti and Lil lay sprawled over the king sized bed, naked. The room smelled like sex and sweet…

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Reverse Psychology

Author : William Tracy A stranger walked through the door of the diner. The man sported sunglasses and a comb over. He was sweaty from driving through the desert in his suit. His collar was disheveled; his tie was loose. He must have been lost—people like him were not…

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Record Game

Author : Jacinta A. Meyers He had a reputation from the time he brought in his first kill from the lush planet. Walked through the warden’s office lugging the thing in a sack over his shoulder. Everyone involuntarily gasped when they felt the floor shudder, heard the…

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Rigg(ed)

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer Jack sighed, and tabbed through the moment’s top links. They hadn’t changed much since earlier that morning: still the usual desultory mix of politics, tech articles, and irreverent ‘humour’. Lolcats had been ceased to be funny almost…

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Deus Ex Survivor

Author : Asher Wismer Here’s me, walking through the deserted streets of Chicago. I can see a few ravens pecking at some unidentifiable detritus in the gutter; somewhere, a car alarm is weeping to the night sky, and I can still smell the restaurant exhaust on the…

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Rocktopus

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Nothing could live in a volcano. That was the assumption of the landing party. The twenty-meter slab of articulated rocktopus that turned a diamond eye to these squishy walking icicles of meat was puzzled at first, then alarmed….

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The Perfect Vacuum

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Dr. Kathleen Haley walked into the dimly lit Advanced Physics Laboratory at Cambridge and spotted Dr. Thomas Mitchell staring intently at a one meter in diameter, hollow transparent sphere. “Hey, Tom. How’s the experiment…

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