Windows to the Soul

Author : JY Saville “Iridescent,” she said without looking. “Aren’t they?” Henry Deaton shook his head, exasperated that his wife still couldn’t remember the colour of his eyes. “Never mind,” he replied. He raced up on deck and peered through the reinforced bubble…

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Airplane

Author : William Tracy I am an airplane. The wind whistles down my fuselage as I soar in the bright sky, the earth spread beneath me. I pull a barrel roll for the sheer joy of it, weave through an invisible slalom course in the sky. A voice crackles in my mind. “You…

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Romeo Uniform November

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Claire cleared the fire-doors just moments before they sealed the lab. She knew they would hold for a while, but still ran down the corridor dragging the unconscious Doctor behind her. He out-massed her by a wide margin, but she…

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Good Help is Hard to Find

Author : Chrysta Lea Baker “Good help is so hard to find these days,” Roberta said as she sat back in the chair and watched as the technician painted on a metallic finish to her toenails. “I mean I’ve really had a terrible time finding a reliable and hardworking…

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The Nerd Harvest

Author : Ryan Somma “You’re angry.” “I’m not angry, I’m frustrated.” “If you’re frustrated, that usually means you’re about to learn something.” “Don’t quote Philo to me. You know I hate it when you quote Philo.” “I’m just trying to think this through like he would…

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Portrait of an Android Hunter as a Child

Author : Leslie Smith I did just what Mommy always told me to do. I got off the bus, said goodbye to the plastic person driver, and walked straight home. I wanted to get home as soon as I could ’cause Mommy said she was gonna bring me a surprise from the ice cream…

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The Terraforming Equation

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer (Concept by Moebius) “You can’t abandon the project now,” protested Williamson, the Senior Planetary Engineer for the Chacopa Terraforming Project. “We created those life forms. They’ll die if we abandon them.” “Perhaps,”…

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Little Blue Pills

Author : Lokon Richard was forty, paunchy and balding when he came home early and found Susan on the bed they shared. The thing on her and in her was a vibrating mass of warm rubberized orgasm; moving in and out of-across her, her eyes and ears were hidden behind the…

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Space Muffin

Author : Nik Gregory The mess hall bustled around Harris; it was like a flock of vultures who had just found an overturned meat truck. Possession yields not only extended onto property but onto food too, woe betide anyone who gets the last muffin. “All I’m saying is…

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Malice Aforethough

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer “Elass, check your drones. I think they’re goofing off.” “Thanks, Laurie. They’re on target now.” The fleet was deep in the ‘gravel’ region of the asteroid belt. Elass was dragging in the larger chunks for processing, Laurie was…

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Time and Space

Author : Rayne Adams I stole a lightspeed cruiser today. Went flying. Found Ancient Egypt. You learn in school that time and space are the same interchangeable abstract, but no one really believes it. You walk three steps, you move forward in space and in time, but if…

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Biological Backup

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The test drill had gone horribly wrong. The bipedal meat structure wasn’t breathing. Emergency! There were specific instructions tattooed on the outside of the biological’s skin for repair procedures. The yellow and black…

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She'll Be Waiting In Istanbul

Author : Ian Rennie I met a girl the other night while hopping. It was in some bar somewhere, and she must have been a local, because she was fascinated by my bracelet. It must have been a relatively close hop, because she spoke english in an accent that wasn’t too…

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Mercy

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer Unlike the rest of humanity, I had an intelligent designer. My designer had thought enough to make me compatible. I can attach myself to almost any machine; external computers, appliances and yes, even weapons. Today, I’ve…

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The Sensation Station

Author : W. Kevin Christian A monotone, bureaucratic female voice shot through the hearing centers of Felicity’s brain: “Free-form imagination, courtesy of The Sensation Station. Free-form imagination, courtesy of The Sensation Station.” On and on it went until the…

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The Senneela Cure

Author : JT Heyman You, who read this, remember us. When the Senneela arrived, there was panic, at first. People forgot that. I mean, what would you expect when an eight foot saurian biped in silvery vacuum armor suddenly appears in the middle of the United Nations…

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Novalight

Author : Ian Rennie It was a crisp, clement evening. The air was fresh and new, and the gentle purple of the sky gave the scene a tranquil and poetic feel. About five hundred people were gathered here, although similar groups were gathered all over the world, looking…

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E.L.E. Sapiens

Author : Alla Hoffman When he opened his eyes, it was a special kind of dark. The sky was a dull purple, and what light there was came from the ground beneath its stygian spread. He sat up stiffly in a sea of trash, a vast junkyard. Much of the scrap metal and rock…

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