Survival

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer There is a clarity that comes with crisis, he thought, a simplicity that comes with emergency. That’s why this movie night on a space station named Heron 6 pinned in the perihelion lagrange point between Triskus and Constantine…

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Conventional Warfare

Author : Ian Rennie “I look ridiculous.” “You look fine.” “What is this garment made of, anyway?” “A stretchy polymer filled with some kind of foam. It simulates the effect of muscles on your thorax.” “Why would I want to have muscles on my thorax?” “Because that’s…

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Fundamental Laws

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “Exactly what do you expect is going to happen, Dr. Erwin?” asked Captain Podolsky as he stared out the aft viewport. “Well, Captain, if Schrodinger’s unpublished theorem is correct, when I create a quantum bubble around that…

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You Deserve A Break Today

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer “With the launch of Grimace 4, the MacDonaldCorp orbital facility will be completed on time and ready to begin dishing out delicious meals at competitive prices to our brave astronauts as well as the astronauts and cosmonauts of…

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Product Recall

Author : Phillip English “Listen, that kind of thing ain’t my problem!” “Well whose problem is it then? I got a lotta pressure from the top brass on this one, and I’ve got to tell ‘em something!” Ba’rhy and Gleeg stalked along the walkway over the steam cookers,…

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In the Beginning

Author : Tom Kepler A large, rectangular container slid silently through the air, a dull, umber metal box, utilitarian and featureless except for the alternating pattern of raised and lowered slabs of metal that were the connecting construction of the rectangle—all…

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Unsuitable

Author : Jason Frank We weren’t supposed to take our suits off, not ever. We were supposed to find the survey team that disappeared. We found out what happened to them, all right, and then we took our suits off, just like they did. I’m writing this with my suit off (I…

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Grey Days

Author : Ian Goodall The days started to grey, that was all the warning we were given. At first, it went unnoticed to most. A few obscure colours became blander, faded. Then I saw it in my wife’s visage. Her sparking blue eyes began to fade. Her hair, fiery as the…

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Never Ask a Woman Her Age

Author : Martin Berka Krinna Lorens blinked as she woke up. She felt extremely refreshed, and was wide awake in about 15 seconds – sleeping was healthy. The lid of the bed slid aside, and the date appeared in front of her, hovering in mid-air. With a start, she…

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Jacqui Blue

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Kaine rounded the corner at a full sprint, boots kicking up plumes of sand as he tried to outpace his pursuers. No gun, no backup and rapidly losing daylight, he fought the urge to panic, swallowed it down. “Nowhere to run to Kaine,…

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Good Night, Eva

Author : Damien Krsteski He heard the stairs squeak. A jolt of adrenaline shot up his spine, tearing his hand off her plastic face. “What are you doing, Edgar?” His mother’s voice was shrill and loathsome. The basement suddenly got colder and turned twice as dark. He…

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I'm Sorry

Author : Thomas Desrochers It’s just me and her out here. Stranded. Helpless. I was taking her back home. She needed a change of scenery. Hell, we were a quarter of the way there when everything went wrong. It was a bad wire. The gauge was too small because some…

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Future Saviors

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer This is the best of all possible worlds. Or so the time-travelers tell us. They have given their future away to make our present the best it can be. They gave science a good, healthy goose early on around the Babylonians times….

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High Noon

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer Tesla shielding is a magnificent thing. Invented in the early Twentieth by the crackpot Serbian inventor Nicola Tesla, it absorbs tremendous amounts of energy harmlessly. A suit sized generator can withstand several plasma…

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Escape From Aquasphere

Author : Clint Wilson They all swam around the giant vessel in wonder. If this worked their hive would easily become the most prominent of either the day or the night side. Their queen would be elevated to near godlike status, although it was Quetrum who had made it…

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Lancaster

Author : D. W. Hughes Yosef Strand took a moment after stepping out of the drop-pod to look once again at his home planet. It was his first time back after the vacation started, and he noticed for the first time how beautifully it had been terraformed. The plants had…

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Milliboys

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer This planet’s dominant life was insectile and large. A special breed of ranch-hand was needed. Jake was a milliboy. The millipede was as big around as a tree trunk, bright red and armoured. The saddle looked ridiculous on such a…

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The Next Generation

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The double doors whooshed open and an impeccably dressed elderly man strode into the conference room. He was instantly greeted by Sebastian Macy, who firmly gripped his outstretched hand. “Nickolas, you old dog,” said Macy with…

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