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Author : J.D. Rice Today I saw a man murdered. He was a short man, stocky and unassuming. I watched as he provoked another man into an argument. The second man was large and intimidating. They bickered, back and forth, about some trivial nothingness. The details weren't ...

Staff Turnover

Author : Cael Majin Miranda's trial was set for 4:am on a Wednesday morning. She would be tired and disoriented from the static sleep, but the machines would question her without mercy. "Mercy" was probably not in their core vocabulary; just another linguistic antiquity, like ...

Trophy Wife

Author : Joshua Mounce I drove at breakneck speeds, my heart thumping faster than the song on the radio could possibly keep up with. My eyes flicked back and forth praying I didn’t get pulled over. I’d once heard they would take you strait to jail for 25MPH over the limit. ...

First Cities

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer She came from the First Cities. I suppose that’s why we all thought she was stuck-up. Our whole office gave her the cold shoulder. Not that she acted like it. She was just quiet. To our fertile and vengeful minds, she appeared ...

The World of Tomorrow

Author : Clint Wilson Dan was excited as he ushered his wife and children into the 2100 Exposition’s most popular attraction. “The World of Tomorrow” was in actuality the world of well over a century ago depicting what the future was supposed to become one day. “Look at the ...

Waste

Author : David Barber The boy grew tired of scrubbing crud. He wiped his nose, streaking chlorophyll across one cheek. The green boomed and bust. The man knew this. Booms, you tapped off the extra green. Busts, you dumped the crud into the recycler and started with fresh ...

Friendly Me

Author : Thomas Gray Luckily, I guess you might suggest, he came at a bit of a sticking point for Me in that I’d sorted the algorithm for maintaining which level of quantum field to generate, I just couldn’t get it to stay to that level for longer than a few ...

A Quiet Drive

Author : Timothy Marshal-Nichols I never did like Manzoor's driving. I much preferred the modern way. Put your license in the Drive Slot and then the Transport Device does it all. That's conventional, easy and, above all, safe. But that methodology was far removed from ...

Reality Games

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer I couldn’t bear to look at the young punks sitting at the bar. A smartass kid about 21, 22 thinks he knows how the world works, and two pretty, but brainless devotchkas hanging on his every word as if it were a golden nugget of ...

The Electric Sheep

Author : Almn Richard’s mother was sitting in the corner, looking at me. “You’ve been a lot easier to be around lately.” It was yet another straw on the camel’s back. My mind silently ground to a halt for a second, trying to parse a correct response. Didn’t want to blow ...

Suckheads

Author : George R. Shirer “Y’know,” said Jared, “I’ve seen a lot of crap ideas since the Singularity, but this . . . ” He nodded at the pale waif on the bed. “This just takes the cake.” Isaac shrugged and injected a few million more scrappers into the kid. “You think ...

Hangar

Author : Adam The boy had been rummaging through the Pit for hours before he hit the jackpot. A slim silver watch covered in a day’s worth of grit and stench. The boy held it up in his hands, gently brushing off the dirt with barely cleaner hands, and admiring how it shone ...

Bringing The Past To Life

Author : Waldo van der Waal The Boeing 747-400 sat glittering on the tarmac, resplendent in the blue-and-white colours of the Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij. The bold letters of KLM seemed almost too crisp against the rest of the pure white fuselage. From high above, the ...

A Rose By Any Other Name

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer They all died. All the animals. All the humans. Farewell to the flesh. Genetically engineered disease took the meat, leaving only the insects and the plants. Leaving us. We’re humanoid in appearance. We are born in giant stalks ...

Heading Home

Author : George R. Shirer “When I was a kid, we didn’t have to slog all day to get places,” said Grandpa Whiteman. Johnny adjusted his pack and kept his eyes on the road. The blacktop was cracked and broken, and if you didn’t watch where you stepped you could trip and hurt ...

Have I got a Deal for You

Author : Clint Wilson Chestofferoff had never dealt with a Steely before; hadn’t even actually seen one in person until now. He knew they were supposed to be big, but this guy blocked out the suns! Never mind, he pushed his nervousness aside, slicked back his greasy hair with ...

Scruple & Price

Author : Rob Burton More useful for sound deadening than reference, the books lining the office’s walls also symbolised the traditional values of the head of the firm. The junior partner privately referred to him as ‘Old Man’ Price. ‘You play computer games, don’t you, ...

Real

Author : Thomas Keene “Plip-plip!” beeped the lenses. Blue jumped up and ran to the bathroom to dry his hair, then stepped back into the living room and pressed his lenses to the bridge of his nose. Glowing green letters reading, “CONNECTING...” seemed to hover in the ...

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