The Age Before Adam

Author: Alzo David-West In the age before Adam, somewhere between the branching of hominina from panina, there was a small tribe that found a tree. They were a shortish nation of forty—large browed, flat faced, wide nosed, and slate skinned—with three infants and five…

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Shred Room

Author: Morrow Brady The darkness enveloped me once again. I felt it veil my thoughts like it always did. Nothing ever prepares you for the rancid thought streams that ooze out during the shredding. My only solace was to lock myself away, so the dark core memories…

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Sunburn

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer Two figures stand on the observation deck of the patrol ship ‘Camelot’. The taller of the two points at an object silhouetted against the planet. “That has got to be the ugliest spaceship I’ve ever seen.” “It’s not a spaceship,” replies…

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Oneiroboros

Author: Paul Warmerdam Melissa never dreamed. Or at least, she had no memories of dreams. She shuddered at the thought of being trapped in your own mind like that. She imagined a consciousness grieving its purpose, resorting to stumbling around in its own recesses,…

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Set Up

Author: Ken Poyner This is randomization night. Some nights it is the classy brunette with gentle elastic curves and an alluring fragile shyness. Others it is the bold blonde with an opulence of everything, leaning at the line of overdone. Yet for others, it is the…

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Jupiter’s Song

Author: Andrew Bird Al’s circuits approximated an aching sensation as the drop pod struggled upwards through the soupy atmosphere of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. The automatic extinguisher had failed to suppress the electrical fire in Number Three engine. He was still…

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The Bad Pistachio

Author: Morrow Brady “This, is a bad pistachio” The deep southern drawl echoed against the dirty concrete walls. The voice metallic, buzzing from an aging squat robot with Investigator MkII painted in fading piss-yellow across its torso. Scraping sounded as it panned…

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Point Mutation

Author: Kate Lu Perched on a hard chair, Vivian stared at a sharp-lined logo on the opposite wall: The Murphy Corporation Clinic for Genetic Testing. The blue of the font looked almost black in the otherwise all-white room. Vivian felt like a stain. She didn’t realize…

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Protect and Serve

Author: Glenn J Hill “Poachers. Ugh, I hate poachers.”, I muttered under my breath. Since way before I came along, my family’s ranch has been beset by poachers. The property is way outside normal populated areas, and it takes a long time to get here. Nobody…

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Twenty Seconds

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer Wish I’d been braver. I knock. Nineteen. Kim opens her door. Eighteen. “Pete? Are you crying?” Seventeen. “I’ve always loved you.” Sixteen. “I love you, too.” Fifteen. Now she’s crying. Fourteen. Wish we had longer. Thirteen. I raise my…

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Emergence

Author: Dave Williams When the warnings blasted on radios and TVs and cellphone texts, Sasha called Tony and their frantic voices collided. “Is this real”—“Do what we planned”—“I’ll come get you”—“Get in the bunker”—“It’ll be faster if I get you”—“Stick to the plan.”…

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Light Wolf, Dark Wolf

Author: Glenn Leung The two of us stared at each other for a tense second of silence. My face was reflected in his eyes, which were also my eyes. We both scratched our chin and were startled by the discordant mirror image. He was wearing a navy blue polo-tee, I was in…

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Genesis Initiative

Author: Paul Warmerdam I navigate the metropolis ruins with compromised optics. The ash storm has yet to break. A whole continent of organic life has been reduced to dust and now seeks to penetrate my circuitry. I maintain a marginally acceptable survival rate in…

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Viking Burial

Author: David Barber Wu was already waiting outside the offworlder craft at dawn. He’d glimpsed it by chance, drifting like thistledown across the Plains of Gold, and had set out at once. “I hear your kind buys history,” he said to the offworlder. “Yang has found a…

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Craig

Author: Michael Hopkins The root scurried across the garden and stopped. I had just dug and chopped it free from the ground, ripped it up with my bare hands, and threw it to the side. I was clearing some new space behind the old barn for potatoes, garlic, onions and…

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Joe Shite the Ragman

Author: R. J. Erbacher Joe Shit (that’s what everyone called him, inevitable when you have an unfortunate last name) was a ragman. Not ragman in a good sense either. Not a Scottish legate who compiled records in the 1200’s and he was unlike the catch phrase for early…

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README.NOW

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer We were battling the Roekuld, part of humanity’s last stand against an overwhelming foe. We fought for hours. I wonder how it ended? Our heavily armoured assault cruiser, Thunderer, got well and truly stuck in. We reaped the rewards:…

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Here Today

Author: Geoff Nelder Xiq curses her commander’s recklessness as the escape pod is buffeted in the atmosphere of the blue planet below. Tempted to go to manual, she turns off the alarms, tries not to breathe in the increasingly smoky air and wriggles to mitigate…

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