Coffee, Tea or Me

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Janice faltered in the dark apartment. It wasn’t hers. She was sobering up, the guy was snoring, and it was time to go. She had her panties in her pocket and her shoes were dangling from her hand by their thin, blue straps. It was…

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The Hand You're Dealt

Author : Sierra Corsetti Marie snuck a glance out of the corner of her eyes as the card dispenser beeped and dropped three slips of plastic-coated paper into her waiting hand. She dropped them into the front pocket of her leather overcoat and swished out of the…

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Indefatigable

Author : Algor X. Dennison “Are you out of your mind?” Captain Lurren screamed at me. She clung to a broken strut over the glowing red chasm where solid deckplate had been a few minutes earlier. I wanted to tell her that she looked like the crazed one in that…

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The Pod

Author : Leah Hervoly I have been drifting along for the past seven hundred and eighteen years. Things are starting to look the same. Puffy red nebulae over here, collapsing white dwarf over there. Once in a while I see a galaxy get sucked into a supermassive black…

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Plan B

Author : Thomas Howe The sleep pod hissed. He awoke full of dreams of empty fields and dark corridors. He sat up, his feet hitting the cold floor. He walked naked to the console, checking the monitor. “When am I?” The computer clicked and whirred. One line of code…

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The Practical Problems of Interstellar Empire

Author : Bob Newbell Trimet VII was the Emperor of the entire Epsilon Eridani star system. Of course, he didn’t know his solar imperium by the name a human celestial cartographer had given his sun. To Trimet VII, his star was designated Benzaprin and his planet,…

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Based On A True Story That Hasn't Happened Yet

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer “Calm down earthling, we already have most of your recorded history. We believe we know what has happened. You are now an extremely endangered species, so we will not punish you for your crimes.” “So you acknowledge that what I did…

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Rebel

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I worry my family. They say I think too much. They say I rebel too much, ask too many questions, tamper with the mental blocks we have installed. They say the police will come to take me away, punish me, wipe my brain, and send me…

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Resurrection

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Baxter could still feel the heat from the vials in his hands as they vapourized into the atmosphere of the room, still smell the fuel, even through his respirator in the moment the weapon discharged full into his back. The pain was…

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Jewels and Blood

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The drill slides sideways like it’s got a mind of its own, so I straighten up to lift it clear of the crystal. My vision blurs and I pause to gauge which of the two reasons applies. With a bark of laughter I realise it’s the good…

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Red

Author : Christine Rains All they cared about was the color red. When we landed on blue-gray gaseous Kepler 3, the squirrel-like beings greeted us peacefully. The Keps were primitive and living in small farming communities. They’d never even seen the full spectrum of…

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The Energy Slug

Author : Chad Bolling They looked like large slugs with reptilian skin and no shell. Besides their lack of defense mechanisms, the species had many more obvious traits that made it easier for predators to catch them. However, through some miracle, one these creatures…

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Air Rafting

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer If the Skipper found out what I was about to do, he’d probably dock me a week’s pay, but it’d be worth it. I figured with the gravity generator off-line for the next four hours, I could probably get in three runs. I popped open…

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HomeJet

Author : Morrow Brady The beauty of my living room design was the simplicity of it’s vacuous two storey cube. High with expectation, I entered the freshly printed room for the first time. What I saw made me stagger. A spaghetti junction of alienesque shapes swarmed…

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A Defect

Author : Philip Smith Most of the bots you see in diners are the ones that serve the food. We have one but it was a bad decision on my part. Real waitresses give you a smile and make you feel welcome. Automota makes a place look cheap. When it breaks I won’t go to the…

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Hate the Syn

Author : George R. Shirer The girl is naked. Long limbed. Gorgeous. He can smell her from where he sits, in the back of the club, where the shadows are thickest. She struts across the stage, hips shaking, breasts swinging as she works the crowd. Bottle-blonde hair…

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Soul Stripping

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer He was wearing the recording helmet when he died. John DeMangus, out like a light, rest in peace. It was an embolism that took him out. He was by himself in the studio, and had the helmet recording. He had noticed a background…

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The Grey Age

Author : Lela Maarie De La Garza There’d once been a golden age, Pearson thought. What would this one be called? He reflected on the meaning of different colours. Green? There wasn’t a speck of it left. The blue age? If blue meant hope, there was certainly no more of…

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