Senseless

Author : Steven Holland Contemplating my life’s choice, I plunge my hand beneath the slowly flowing stream water. There was only one choice in my life that makes any real difference. The cool water rushes past my hand, caressing it with the softest of touches. The…

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All in a Day's Work

Author : Michael Herbaugh a.k.a. “Freeman” It’s eerie, ya know? Standing over myself, while I am performing surgery on my own body. “Standing” is really a misnomer, it’s more like I am suspended from the ceiling of the company’s surgical arena. I, that is my…

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Echo Menagerie

Author : Salli Shepherd Feeding-time is an unnatural silence. The last otter walks in dry circles, won’t chirrup for fish. A bobcat, only yesterday elevated to the lone archetype of all American felines, has pined to little more than loose hide draped on a bone…

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Wakeup

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer The alarm wakes me at five am, just another day in a sea of days. I know I’ve been out for eight hours, but I don’t feel like I ever really sleep anymore. The world floods my consciousness whenever I’m not actively shutting it out….

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Beyond, Inc.

Author : Scott Hatfield Nobody needs to die anymore. Science has made amazing strides in the last couple of decades. Everyone gets to about 27 or 28 realyears and then simply stops aging. They sell packages if you want to be older or younger, taller or shorter,…

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Reformed

Author : Mur Lafferty, featured writer Dragon Eyes squirmed on the table, but it was no use. Reginald Brady, the supervillain who refused to take an official villain name, had covered her eyes, rendering her powers useless. “I’m surprised to see you, Dragon Eyes,” he…

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Girl Shopping

Author : Benjamin Fischer Alana examines the next child. The young girl dodges her eyes. Alana frowns and gently grabs her by the chin, forcing the little Asian girl to meet her gaze. “Have you been feeding this one enough?” she asks. Viktor grinds his teeth….

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Winking Out

Author : Christopher Albanese There it is, a wide-open wink. It slowly slid the light from my eyes, then the warmth from my face. And still there it sits. They say there’s no sound of it, here or in space, but I feel in my bones the hum of such a gargantuan braking…

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Retainer

Author : Benjamin Fischer “King Midas believes that his days as absolute ruler of Crete are ending.” McCarran coughed, a single bead of coffee escaping his left nostril. His big, pawlike hand wiped it out of the air. “Say again?” the burly pirate finally…

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Questioning

Author : Duncan Shields What a cliché. There I was, handcuffed to a chair and telling them that I knew my rights. Yelling at them about what an outrage this was. Straight out of a movie. I couldn’t help it. You have to remember I thought I was above the law at this…

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Third Strike

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Tutime paid for the bus ride from Centerville to North End with traceable credit, being sure to show his face to the cameras at either end. Three blocks on foot brought him to the Art School campus, and two more hours riding through…

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Perfect Mates, Inc.

Author : Patricia Stewart James Stevens sheepishly peeked around the doorjamb. “E-e-excuse me m-m-mister, can you help m-me?” Robert Boyer looked up from his desk, and smiled. “Of course, sir. Come in, and take a seat. What can I do for you?” “I’d-d-d like…

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Alternatively

Author : Mur Lafferty, featured writer Dr. Emmett Black stumbled home, tears still streaming down his face. Katie was there, as always, with dinner. Wonderful, beautiful, sweet Katie. She rushed to his side. “Darling, what’s wrong?” She helped him to the couch where…

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Proctoring the Exam

Author : Grant Montoya Everything was prepared. My satchel carried all the tools. They could not be too advanced; I would not have access to gas or electricity, and batteries would only backfire my intentions. I checked my watch, which said it had plenty of life left…

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The City

Author : e b major Alissandra lay sideways on her balcony bed in a camisole and skirt, wings folded to the side. Twin tracks of pointless tears traced through the freckles dotting her face. Her eyes were closed now; she, engulfed in a final, hopeless dream. All she…

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The Enemy of My Enemy

Author : J. S. Kachelries The Flag Ship of United Earth docked with the Flag Ship of the Volk Empire (The home planet of the Empire orbits Barnard’s Star, the sun’s second closest neighbor). Three decades ago, these two “civilizations” fought each other in a…

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Prometheus

Author : Lucas Atkinson The smell is glorious. The simple cornmeal, oil and fish form an elusive synthesis in the air. I reach for a paper plate, inhaling and closing my eyes. Pulling at the biggest piece by the corner, I burn my fingers a little, but I tear it off,…

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Two Muffins, a Wrench, and an Oil Can

Author : Mur Lafferty, featured writer In the years following the cyborg wars, humankind toiled to return the world to the order before the chaos. “Rose, are you done with your lessons?” her mother asked from the den. Rose blew her bangs off her forehead, said,…

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