They Think It’s Art

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer The way it filters the light through dizzying shadows within to cast patterns on the ground like sun through stained glass. To them, the seemingly impossible tessellation that never repeats a shape, no matter which direction it is…

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Du Jour

Author: Anne Dewvall The tiny blue pill gleamed in Jerome’s palm as it danced with electrical impulses. This capsule had the power to transform the human experience, and through that, the world, but people were wasting it, eating the same shit they always had, with…

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Coin will eat it itself

Author: Philip Berry Brandon wiped pale grey dust off the sign. It dropped in a thin wafer that crumbled over the toe cap of his left boot. – Heat exchange: no unauthorised entry – The door spun away under the silent wave that emanated from the unit in his…

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Mutiny on the Noah 500

Author: David Henson Valeria knocks down Devis and scores. The 10-year-old girl then stands over the boy and laughs. “Your daughter plays to win,” Enzo, captain of the Noah 500 says to Valeria’s father. “I like that.” Later that day, Valeria is having supper with her…

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Negative Space

Author: John McLaughlin She danced across the living room in a yellow sundress, her heels tapping to flamenco on the smoky hardwood. It was Charlie’s favorite outfit–the one he’d gotten her for their anniversary. Her hips swayed like magic, he thought. “So what’s…

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Couples Therapy

Author: Roger Ley ‘I’m sorry, Darling but I’m just not in the mood,’ said Martin Riley. ‘I’m nearly seventy and you can’t expect me to have the same enthusiasm I had when we first met.’ ‘I did not mean to upset you, Martin,’ said Mary. ‘I do not wish to put pressure…

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Lay Me Down

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer Vapour coils along the bough, drifting away in little skeins of dissipating light. Tobias grins. Luminous breath: sure sign of irrevocable infection. “How do you feel, my son?” He looks up at the white rectangle glowing at the throat of…

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A Brutal Perspective

Author: Mark Joseph Kevlock How much is enough? When is it time… for the end? She’s just a reporter. This is just an interview. I knew the world, of course, before there were any such things. My name is Hanois Brutale. I’m immortal. “I feel like… a passive god. I…

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Infinite Boxes Infinite Cats

Author: Rollin T. Gentry Despite what Detective Bouchard still believes, I did not kill Cassandra Gibbons. I didn’t kill her two years ago, and I sure as hell didn’t kill her again this morning. Cassandra was a physicist and a postdoctoral renegade who was obsessed…

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A Special Planet

Author: John McLaughlin Pillars of flame smothered the Trac’s windows as it descended swiftly through outer atmosphere. The craft’s accommodations were quite decadent: cushioned seats, masseuses, and gleaming trays of food and liquor crowded to the edges of the…

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My Supernova

Author: Robin The silence in my ears woke me. I lay there, ocean rocking the docked boat, and mentally rewind to the beginning of the album. I couldn’t think of anything else to listen to. This is the only one of Isakov’s albums that are still preserved, and, of…

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Beget

Author: Rick Tobin Deuteronomy 28:41 Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity. Just a toe. That’s all. Just her pointed phalanx appears. No more, at first. She plays me like a fly cast trout. She can’t be…

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Big Brother

Author: Mark Joseph Kevlock I needed a big brother, so I disguised myself and went back in time to become him. I’d lived all this before, as my kid self, so it was pretty easy. I just had to remember the details along the way. First was a mustache like the Village…

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One in a Thousand

Author: Mina Major Tom Valence knew it was a one-way trip yet he felt at peace, euphoric even. Soon he would be with them again – Liv and Susie. He sent a quick prayer of thanks to the Tetrad. The agony of the absence of his wife and daughter had left him hollow -…

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Trick of the Light

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer He gently places a finger on her hand. “Now try. Over there. No, don’t look back, you won’t see him. Look in the window. He’s just to the left of Mrs. Bakker, kissing her shoulder.” Krista stares around the room, at Connor, then at the…

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Connectivity Issues

Author: John McLaughlin Semi-Finals Status Update: Seven-in-Absentia vs The Last Dragon. One hour remaining! The text crawls across Danny’s white suburban bedroom ceiling–bright and blood red–and descends behind the armoire on the far wall. He ignores it and…

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Little Silver Pyramid

Author: J Frank Wright Clank. Clank. Clank. The little silver pyramid hovered to the kitchen sink. Two metal arms emerged and started doing the dishes. Clank. Clank. Clank. Dan thought that something must have broken when it crashed in the backyard. He didn’t think…

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Prodigal

Author: Jamie Bainbridge-Wood One- The Ghost is Another Machine The point of this exercise is observation but I’m distracted, observing that Dwyer’s return will cause some surprise. The house he has chosen sits at the top of a steep slope, between two snowy hills. The…

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