How To Set A Starship On Fire

Author: Claire Scherzinger Before you overload the reactor, have a drink next to the pilot’s seat; make sure the gravity is still on; otherwise, you’ll have little drops of moonshine floating everywhere, like rogue planets. Take a long last look at the deck, the pale…

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Sleeking

Author: Asher Wismer Sleeking flashing light through every little hole. Seventy holes. Counted them. Many times. Nothing to see outside but silver Sleeking, never-ending explosions. Shell keeps me alive. Eddo’s Star is a low-impact system and there’s still nothing out…

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Blind Date

Author: Abigail Hughes “What did you think?” “He’s nice.” “Nice? The bar was ‘nice.’ This walk is ‘nice.’ Denver is perfect. When he told me he was single, I was absolutely floored! You don’t run into a guy like him often. Did you see the way he inhaled that live…

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Proximity Causes

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer “We all call it ‘safe space’. The inventors of the concept called it ‘social distancing’. It was only two metres back then. They used it, along with increased ventilation and personal masking, to slow some respiratory epidemics….

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The Boot

Author: Justin Anderson He watches her tiny arms cast the line again. She’s already working the makeshift fishing rod with ease. She beams a proud smile up at him, one with all the warmth of a miniature sun. A foreign little star. He smiles back, and she continues…

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Jingle-jangle

Author: Andrew Dunn I called her Jingle-jangle. I told Christiane she reminded me of the way it felt to hear the sound spare change made in my pocket whenever I was fading, and I found a machine that would take coins and give me a soda or candy bar. My hands were on…

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Last

Author: Ed Nobody The last day goes by unfelt. No change. Time turned glacial under rubbled roads in thick tar, sticky black thick leaking sun of dead summer. I didn’t breathe and felt nothing. Wind stopped bothering; leaves not leaning, unswayed by final wind to…

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The Adjoining Door Conundrum

Author: Don Nigroni Twelve years ago, during the first year of the Ultimate Crisis, the Special Problems: Organized, Researched, Explained and Solved (SPORES) think tank was presented with the perplexing Adjoining Door Conundrum. Our scientists knew about a spot near…

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The Quantum Prop Room

Author: David C. Nutt I pressed “play” on my digital recorder. “See doc, I wasn’t always a hoarder. Yeah, I know what my place looks like right now, but if I didn’t have clutter, I’d have nothing at all. I was up late watching a classic movie from the 80’s. I noticed…

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Garbage Day

Author: Chris Preston I just turned six years old and, for my birthday, Dad gave me a grown-up mask. It was supposed to be Mom’s, but she didn’t come home when she was supposed to. Before the sirens started. I was only four years old when we went into our hideout…

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New Friends

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer “A different feeling since you’ve been gone.” Yeah, that’s it. Too many times I catch myself looking down and back, only to find some scrub looking horrified, or empty air because one ran off. “Ten, left.” This one has a different feel….

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A Quiet Night At the Bar

Author: Barry Boone I could see Damian’s girlfriend wanted to sock me, but she knew she’d break her fist against my brass jaw. So she held back. Which I knew was hard for her. She was even more kickass than Damian. Damian might be her first love, but a good fight was…

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Ten Thousand Years of Labor

Author: Sabrina E. Robinette The choice was obvious for most, but I struggled. Should I die freely on Earth, or live in debt on Mars? “In debt”– that’s what they called it, but everyone knew better. There were rumors of labor camps and brutal mining colonies, none…

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Like a Rainbow Wept

Author: Hillary Lyon “On a sloping hill, see the field of varicolored flowers? Blossoms of geometric shapes, slowly spinning in the gentle breeze.” Commander Oswald closed his eyes and tapped his own temple with his manicured finger. Private First Class Ichor, who was…

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Bits Into The Void

Author: Warren Woodrich Pettine Mother, We replaced our eyes with machines. The impact of perceiving the full spectrum – from viciously fast gamma rays to the yawning gaps of AM radio – was profound. Our ears were next. Augmenting the perception of substance…

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What The Future Thinks Of You

Author: David Barber Peter had noticed the hippy girl earlier, as he loitered near a tour party, eavesdropping on the French tour guide. The chap was enthusing about Marie de France, mediaeval author of tales of chivalry, who was born in this castle, but Peter’s…

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Sac Caesar

Author: Jeremy Marks Left its seeds while I was sleeping -Simon & Garfunkel I am a plastic sac picker; I scour the streets collecting loose grocery sacs in the employ of my city. I live in a former metropolis whose every limb is now coated in disposable plastic….

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“It is a Land of Poverty…”

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer Midnight, the witching hour. I could do with a flying broom, come to think of it. On that topic, I suspect I’ve more chance of getting to know a broom than any witch that might flit about on one. Right, all geared up – or am I? Phone,…

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