Rome in a Day

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer The view outside is breathtaking, one that many would pay to see. The lights of Xīn Xiānggǎng spread as far as the eye can see, both into the distance and up into the skies above: islands of light connected by the coruscating ribbons…

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The Ascension

Author: Ilya Tolchinsky Oleg was playing his mod of the classic Asteroids game. Instead of triggering the usual pain that put Oleg on disability for the last two years, the gameplay soothed his damaged wrist. It was as if the FeelGlove controller was expertly…

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Take Me in your Arms and Let me Cry

Author: Arkapravo Bhaumik It was on the insistence of Tom that I agreed to that silly piece of imitation. James died a frightful death, his cancer gnawed through him in less than ten months, and ever since I have not been able to clear out the lump in my heart. He is…

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Trapped

Author: Marina Barakatt You don’t know where you are or how you got there. You figure that it’s technically a prison, but nicer than anything you’ve ever paid money for. The bedroom alone is as big as your apartment. There’s a King bed and a hammock on the patio. The…

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Incident at Area 52

Author: David C. Nutt “What’s the emergency Lieutenant?” “Sir, the alien device in locker 433 has activated itself.” “Contact protocols?” “In place. The Contact team is in the staging area waiting for you sir.” “Excellent. Security?” “In place.” “Chamber area?”…

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Sip sip

Author: J. P. Roquard The city stretches out below me; a sweeping view, buildings pressed close, the old city being devoured by the new. This is my home. This is where I have always lived. This is the view I’ve sold my soul to see, sip, sip. “Your friends are out…

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Eigengrau

Author: Morrow Brady “What do you see?” She whispered into the darkness. He widened his eyes and held his breath. “Nothing. Just pitch black” Her next lesson would be her last. “Not black. Eigengrau. A dark, dark grey. Perfect for….” And then it all kicked off. It…

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Use a Human

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer Nine years ago today, I think, is when my fervent wish came true: my mundane life was transformed into a thing of wonder. Wonder… Plus confusion, pain, fear, grief, longing and, right now: abject terror. The cause of that is crouching…

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Pop’s Time Machine

Author: Warren Benedetto When I was eleven years old, I told my dad I wanted to invent a time machine. He told me he already had one. I asked him where it was. “Right here,” he said. He tapped his forehead and smiled. “All I have to do is close my eyes, and I can…

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Illegal

Author: George Morales I woke up early to make breakfast for my daughter and my wife. It was going to be a grinding day at work. Even though everybody denied it, it sure felt like there were quotas to fill up the cells. The immigrants had been in those cells before…

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At Last: Earth Colony Finally Takes Hold On Naria 5!

Author: Ken Poyner We used to eat whole herds of ballan, letting them first graze a while to get used to the slightly thinner atmosphere, adjust to the new gravity. Company issued, company raised, they were better having fed a few cycles on the native grass, taken in…

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Confines

Author : Mark Renney Despite the confines, we are encouraged to want things. Although we can only achieve so much, it is instilled into us, from birth, how important it is to be successful. Successful means a house and the ability to fill it with all that we need plus…

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Bedtime Story

Author: Mina – Daddy, tell me the story of how we were saved. – OK, love. Have you got your bear Benji? – Yes, he wants to hear the story too. – Then let’s start… In the final days of an ancient planet, four ships were sent out to the four corners of the universe to…

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Vacant Possession

Author: Roger Ley This is the story of two fairly skinny white men on a planet that was dying fast. Of course, the men were men only in their own eyes, in the eyes of other species they would have looked quite different. Oh, and it wasn’t the planet that was dying it…

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Sneeze

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer A thousand droplets of unseen dread. The sudden transition from person to pariah. You see me wipe my eyes and tear the mask from my face with that same tissue, crumpling the lot and sending them with sure aim into a nearby bin. Without…

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ROVID-87 and the History of Dogs

Author: Anjan Chatterjee ROVID-87 decimated dogs. That was over 700 years ago. For my research, I was combing through old books in Central Archive. Only a few books survived the disasters. I was trying to understand dogs and what happened to them. A terrorists’ virus…

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One Breath and a Scream

Author: H.B. Varley She held the baby close. One hand nuzzled his head, the other laid upon his mouth. They laid curled in the back of the car, below the seat and the windows. She didn’t let him see, and kept him close to her chest, so that her heartbeat might calm…

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Galactic Communications

Author: David K Scholes “It’s the third time this week I’ve tried to put through holographic calls via the real-time galactic link,” Mary sounded frustrated. “Nor have I done any better using instantaneous or delayed messages on the Universe Net. I can’t run a…

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