Away In An Incubator

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer We put Jesus24K99 into his cage for our own protection. The anti-coagulants weren’t holding. He was destabilizing. He’d bleed out soon. The hole in our research was the stigmata. The actual crucifix had been uncovered in a…

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Material Decisions

Author : Lisa Marie Andrews “What’ll you choose?” She stood behind the boy and looked into the mirror. His cheeks were dusted with freckles; eyes darkened with indecision. “I don’t know.” He said. He’d always thought it odd that the skinless wore no clothing. They…

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Clutter

Author : Phill English Special Agent Jessy McCormick knocked gently on the door of the Director’s office. He looked up from his desk, where a large holographic display was swarming with reports that he was busy gesturing into folders, signing quickly, or dumping into…

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Vindication

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The two Capellians had traveled over 40 light years to collect a breeding pair of humans for the University of Xenobiology, on Capella Prime. During the trip, they also diligently recorded the various transmissions emanating…

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Separated

Author : Jeff Kirchoff A few short keystrokes and the room sprung to life, bare, the walls black yet glowing with the subtle aura of electrical potential. Rico strolled to the center of the small space and looked at the crumpled paper clutched in his left hand with a…

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Alone

Author : Thomas Desrochers Whether or not something is difficult is largely a thing of perception. If you practice doing most things a lot, then they become easier. Driving, hunting, farming – they all becoming easier with practice. Living alone does not. For three…

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My Sign? Exit.

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Levon leaned against the shower tube, letting the jets of water assail his body from all sides. As the sweat of the previous night’s activities rinsed away, the more subtle indicators of his exertions seeped in. Both his head and…

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Listen For The Tone

Author : Carol Reid Is there a sign over Gina’s head that reads, “Vacancy”? She imagines it in neon, that peculiar orange pink reserved for a certain class of motel– and apparently for her, a certain class of fucked up female, who had a reasonable, ordinary life…

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Syndrome

Author : Q. B. Fox The members of Juliet Patrol, 29 Group, Royal Engineers hunkered down in a squat two-story, stone building balanced on the hillside. Lt. Harry Banford watched through the unglazed window as a UN superiority denial aircraft painted a con-trail far,…

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Strapped To The Chair

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer It’s a reasoning process. There are seconds left. The cold leather of the chair is warming up beneath my manacled wrists. The restraints are tight on my arms. I’m wide awake and dreaming. I can’t decide if it’s a syringe or a…

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Fear and Loathing in Monochrome

Author : K. Pittman Sometime before midday’s full blaze, Susan threw down her skein and stopped walking. Georgia broke pace steps later and trod back, face flattened, hat shadowing her glare. “What.” “I want milk. I’m tired of water.” Susan half-turned and looked from…

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The Digital Age

Author : Nick Gonzales “You heard they finally nailed teleportation?” “No.” “Yeah, just yesterday.” “For real?” “Fo rizzle.” I turn to look at Billiam, his eyes lit up expectantly as he leans towards me across the table. His face is twisted into his characteristic…

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The Shipmaster's Widow

Author : Michael Merriam “We never had much,” she said. “The freighter was our life. Now it’s all lost, ripped apart by a neutron star.” I sat next to her. I couldn’t answer. My mind was dazzled, my eyes locked on her naked body stretched out on the bed we shared. She…

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Falling Stars

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer I had heard the news only a short few minutes ago. I didn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it. I walked out the back door onto the deck and looked up and down the beach. Like mine, all the other houses were darkened as well….

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The Vesta 600

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “Dammit Joe, it’s freakin’ freezing in here,” complained Thomas Sampati as he checked the spaceship’s thermostat.” “We’re eight hours behind the Phoenix,” replied Joe. “We need to make a non-traditional course adjustment if we…

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Constance Vyke visits the Archangel – HOLOVID

Author : Sean Wallace “Now, we all look forward to entering the Archangel when we retire, but what about those people who go there before then? Constance Vyke reports on the people who keep Archangel running…” Constance, pretty in a thin, blonde sort of way, starts…

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Good Humor

Author : Eric Kimball It starts as the faintest quiver of sound, a slight singsong beat carried by the wind. The few stray notes that reach my ears instantly spring to the forefront of my consciousness. “Mother, he’s here!” “Hmm?” Mother replies flatly. The mechanical…

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Life Partner

Author : Bill Lombardi Troy sat by his bedside. Watching. Hours past and then Jon’s eyes slowly opened. “I’m thirsty.” His voice wavered, his strength beginning to ebb. Troy poured him a glass of water and stood by him holding the straw. He took several sips. Coughed….

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