506 Kelvin

Author : S. Clough Five hundred and six degrees Kelvin is the temperature our burners need to reach. The tech boys designed them to burn at one thousand and seventy three. The operating temperature keeps going up and up: they seem to see it as a challenge. Anyway. We…

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Stop

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer He drifted his coupe into the corner from the feeder street onto Avenue E at an easy pace, climbing from the lower flats in a series of calculated upturns before slipping into the relative obscurity of the middle tiers. Commuters and…

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The Promise

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer Minister Christof glowed with pure thoughts. His halo seemed even brighter inside the restaurant than out in the noon sun. The more Godly the thought, the brighter the flame burned. Levi admired his father’s ability to keep his…

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Scentsation

Author : Michelle Pitman Candice didn’t quite know where to put the thing in her hand. It was small and light, delicate beyond belief and it sat in her hand quietly still and inscrutable. She didn’t really want to put it down because it was so cute and pretty. After…

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Ice Rustlers

Author : Patricia Stewart The annoying throb of the proximity klaxon woke the two security guards (aka, Comet Cowboys) from their mid day rest period. They drifted into the control room and floated above the sensor-generated hologram of the “herd.” The “herd”…

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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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