Missing Persons, Case T324.93

Author : J. S. Kachelries I hate androids. Especially these high tech laboratory assistants. They’re good observers, but they can be instructed to lie. Worst of all, they can’t be intimidated or frightened into making a confession. I’ll take a human witness (or…

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The Last Experiment

Author : Adam Zabell We did it, eventually. We learned everything, knew everything, understood everything. Our computers could calculate any answer to within its smallest probability at the speed of thought. Our machines could produce any object we wanted; tools to…

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Hurpes Simplex 2

Author : Michael “Freeman” Herbaugh Every morning she woke up to start a new millennium she felt dread. How far had it spread today? Terra used to be happy. She and Mars had a fantastic relationship. They had beautiful little reptilian offspring. Their attraction made…

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Even Odds

Author : S. Clough aka Hrekka She bent the corners of the cards up off the table, as if checking their values. She didn’t even see them – her focus was on Mayweather across the table. She’d memorised her cards as they were dealt, and trusted her memory implicitly. If…

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Time, 101

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer “Paxton – Porterhaus – Pratt.” The name was enunciated with venomous care, as though each word were an expletive of a most unpleasant nature.  The professor spoke across a desk cluttered with piles of documents, large texts and…

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Greetings from Tarpoint

Author : Frank Ruiz It’s my favorite Super oldie playing from the speakers above: “I think we’re alone now…” The lights are just right, bringing the girl out against the dark room, making the furniture behind her suggestions; a white body rising from black waters….

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The Business Acumen

Author : David E Hoffee T. Claudius Swifford sipped arabica from the back of his vintage, metal-colored, chauffeur-driven Triton Mercedes as it swooped to meet the maglev. He briefly recalled the scone and juice he’d been served for breakfast as he perused the…

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A Useful Trinket

Author : Z.D. Erickson Boyd pressed himself tightly to the crumbling brick of the library’s colonnade. As the thin layer of scaled fiber-optics bent the light of distant streetlamps around him, his mind raced. There’s an old thieves adage; The theft itself is…

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Red Tape

Author : Pyai (aka Megan Hoffman) “Ms. Anderson,” the bot said as he leaned forward, his fingers steepling and making little chinking noises of metal against metal, “tell me once again why you are requesting such a drastic career change?” Lori shifted…

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Running On Empty

Author : Rae Walker The field was nothing special, drying knee high grass and a few scrubby trees, but to Ed it looked like paradise. It pained him that the battle would tear apart these few acres, churning more land into waste, but the Smarts had reported burrowing…

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Deserted Island

Author : Alex Meggitt The sun forces itself past my eyelids and wakes me up every morning. I lean over and make another notch in the tree next to the bed I’ve created. There are four hundred eighty three of them. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth as I get up,…

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Undoing Schrödinger

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer The sign over the cathouse door reads simply “Preacher’s”. There will be liquor up front, and women for sale out back. Pulling a stool up to the empty bar, I know I’m here for neither. “What’ll it be?” She studies the lines on my…

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Loren's Triumph

Author : Adam Zabell The now-empty desk stared back at Loren, equal parts accusation and despair. “So you’re really going to leave?” “I don’t see as I have a choice, Bruce.” Loren had ignored the usual protocols and devised her own names for the AI…

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The Bedtime Story

Author : Jody Hart Lehrer Jared begged his father for a bedtime story. Mr. Edgars sighed, and reached for the book that his precocious seven year old son was handing him. Jared eagerly settled on his back on his bed. “Immigrants from Another Galaxy” his father…

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I Won't Let Her Kill Me!

Author : Michael “Freeman” Herbaugh She was trying to KILL him! Well, he wasn’t going to stand for that. Sure he only existed on paper but that didn’t mean he had any less of a soul nor that he did not want to live same as everyone else. He had seen her kill off…

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Rootkit

Author : Daniel Longwing The jewelry tinkled like wind-chimes as it fell over the candlesticks and crystal. Gently, Momsdroid replaced the lid to the box with slender polymer fingers. It shouldered the shopping bag and walked out into the hall. It looked first left,…

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Alienus Sapienpula

Author : J. S. Kachelries The spaceship was shaped like a flattened football. It had no obvious external doors or windows. Although it appeared to be metallic, we couldn’t cut it, penetrate it with X-rays, or scratch it with a diamond. The only thing we had to…

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Present Tense

Author : Ian Burke “Today” marks the end of history. Yesterday it was June 25th, 1995 AD (CE, if you prefer). “Today” can be marked in no such terms. Yesterday, “today” was the 26th of June, but “now,” none of that matters anymore. This “morning,”…

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