The High Branch

Author : Phil Newton Sammy always used his polished titanium Tek-Tech Grav Boots to reach the Hundred Foot High Branch — cheater. I climbed. I climbed well. Still, grav boots were cool. I wish my parents had money. ‘Wiry’, that’s what coach called me. I should try…

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From Beyond the Gates of Death

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer She cries into my arms as they come for us. Such a simple thing, this expression of heartbreak through physical reflex. “I thought I’d lost you.” Her hand brushes my cheek and curls around my neck. So soft. The touch is like a feather…

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Oddtown

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer It was a way of life down here to prove how far you were willing to go. The stew of Oddtown. The people that lived here knew that they’d never work in a place that required a dress code let alone a mannered way of behaving. The…

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Bringing Up Em

Author : Jason Verch It was time to put Em to sleep, but he could tell there was something on her mind. “Everything ok sweetie?” he asked. “Dad. Kay is an AI, right?” “Well sure, you know that. She is a robot with an AI built in that controls her.” “But I thought AIs…

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Melting

Author : Peter Andrews The unmoving city. My city. The boy is frozen now, four, maybe five, feet from the ground, cheeks pulled by inertia’s invisible fingers. It is up to me–he might never turn into viscera, his limbs and neck at deathly angles. His family might…

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Neptune Event

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer The Neptune was a first class luxury star liner, the finest of everything from stem to stern; from her massive chandeliers hanging from cavernous twenty meter and higher ceilings to the never-ending filigree of intricately…

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Customer Support

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer “Thank you for calling BIOMEK customer support. My name is Tammy, how may I help you today?” “Hi Tammy, I’m having a little problem with my domestic. I am a little frustrated here. I hope you can help me.” “I am sorry to hear…

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Fly Dark, Fly Fast

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “Bring us to membrane distance,” ordered Commander Richards. Yeoman Miller deftly maneuvered the UESS Kenar toward the subspace membrane separating the primary universe from the adjacent multiverse where they were currently…

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ABC

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer “A is for Android, B is for Blood,” They chant so happily, without a care in the world. I love them so much, but that is exactly why I am crèche matresse. The room is huge and covered with colourful pictures of all the neo-heroes and…

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Decompression

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer It’s a unique experience to be involved in an explosive space decompression. If you survive, you never forget the sound. It’s like something turns the volume down sharply in the middle of the explosion. The screams, the shattering…

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The Unwitting Participant

Author : Barry Reimer I remember falling. Somehow, I saw it coming seconds before it happened, but I had no way to stop it. Snap. The rope severed. The top of the towering spire of rock began to fall away. During my freefall, time became surreal. Each moment stood…

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Float

Author : Mark Ehler Lt. Bernard sat, arms crossed, in a 15,000,000 credit coffin. The nuclear battery shorted out and now, without engine power, his ship was just another object in space. Interceptor Pilot Protocol dictated that he stay with his vessel and wait for a…

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The Second Drop

Author : Chad C. Burns My gorget chafes as I sit in the dark, listening to my world hum. I can feel the distant thrum of engines, and the creak of cables. Steam and pressure hiss and burble, vacuum engines thump and click, shunting force thru the veins of the ship….

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Exit Strategy

Author : John Conway Grant pushed through the crowd, ignoring the direction indicator. He longed for elbow room and privacy, luxuries of a forgotten past. But rumor had it there were still places–distant, underpopulated islands. He only dreamed of reaching their…

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Last Embrace

Author : Jarrod Chestney-Law Sapphire, threaded with white and then a diamond studded blackness. Sapphire and white fill my vision again. They remain now. Chirps and static bursts chatter in my ears. Emerald threads begin to fill my vision, cascading down, faster and…

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Juggers

Author : Salli Shepherd Ant, You’re not going to believe this. Unzip the folder and check out image 14, number 227. Yes, that’s a jugger you’re looking at, only ten times the regulation embryo mass. And yes, that is an illegal frontal lobe. Look at those EEG…

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Jeromes

Author : Tom Coupland Even more of the world watched Jerome II enter the hospital room than had even watched those first interviews with Jerome. Those early interviews had set the world alight. They had watched in their thousands of millions as the gray haired…

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The Brain Room

Author : Jamie Grefe It doesn’t take them long to do it, just eye contact. Once they do, and those eyes are locked, instant transmission — you disappear. I’m not sure if this is just the way my own programming reacts to this planet, but something has happened. I was…

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