Tomorrow’s Crossword

Author: Amy Dusto Excerpts from the Times-Gazette daily puzzle, September 5, 2061 7 down, 5 letters -A writhing, flying group of insects or nanobots (Hint: together they’re like a friendly cloud that eats carbon! Be assured they don’t bite people, though.) 28 across,…

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Exile

Author: Michael Dempsey Peter, standing in the bathroom, heard a voice crackle over the intercom. “Mr. Walker, you have five minutes to leave your apartment. If you go on your own volition, you can remain free. If you do not, we will forcibly arrest you and take you…

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853

Author: Ryan Watson 853 is a rather unremarkable number. It is the approximate weight of a male grizzly bear in pounds. A sloth will travel at approximately 853 feet in an hour. It marked a central year of the Danish Viking raids of Europe, resulting in a Swedish…

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Conscription Day

Author: S.R Malone An officer with a square-set jaw greeted us at our front door. “Daddy, who is this man?” Myra asked. “Oh, this kind gentleman is from the army,” I crouched by her side, “He’s here to take you to space camp.” Liar. She stared at me with wide,…

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Stonehenge

Author: Robert Beech The sun rises slowly over the horizon, its pale rays piercing the low-lying clouds to illuminate the circle of standing stones as they have done for millennia. The arc of time turns slowly, biting its own tail like the worm Ouroboros, spinning…

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The UDL

Author: Alzo David-West Struik’s heart was pacing. She went into Data-comM. “Keting, I have something to tell you,” she said. “What is it?” “The UDL–it’s autonomous.” “But I thought it was autonomous,” Keting replied. “No, I mean it’s really autonomous.” “How is that…

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The Eternity Suit

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer He’s banging on my helm with some ornate looking rod. The noise is incredible. Echoes of echoes. Being found is usually welcome after so long doing math problems in my head, but this is a bit much. “Hey! I can see you! Stop hitting this…

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The Further Adventures of Christopher Robin

Author: David C. Nutt Christopher Robin stopped to catch his breath. He wasn’t actually the Christopher Robin but he was a Christopher Robin. What made him a Christopher Robin (a C.R.) was the chip set his parents got for his 8th birthday to help him bond with the…

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Metamorphosis

Author: Alastair Millar “Given the different composition of the atmosphere,” said the surgeon carefully, “your lungs will need to be entirely replaced.” No problem. Even as a student, I’d known that xenobiology would require sacrifices. “The artificial eyes should…

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OFF

Author: Amy Dusto ON My motor whirs and my wheels start to spin. Obstacle ahead, turn, obstacle ahead, turn. Bump. I’m not driving, just a passenger, watching through 180 degrees. Everything’s red. I engage in a three-hour wander until I automatically slow. Searching,…

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The Class Exemplar

Author: John McNeil “You won’t get it,” said Granan. “I’m better.” They strode the polished halls of the Mentalist Academy. Marcus tossed his head. “No you aren’t,” he said. “But I’d get it even so. Preceptor Elius likes me, and knows you’re an arrogant foistling.”…

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Trial by Future

Author: John McNeil “Before you plead, remember you lived your whole life under surveillance.” She’s right. There is no defense. I grew up during the death of privacy, when everything was recorded and stored, never to be forgotten. “A foothill of trash. A kiloton of…

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Jack Magnum

Author: Riley Meachem “You know, this is the third damn time this week alone that cab’s broke down. I still ain’t seen you do shit about it,” Chalks Mabley leaned against the side of the cruiser, face dour. Then again, his face was almost always dour. “What do you…

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Angel To Go

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer She stands there in the street, head cocked to one side, hair in disarray. I pause to watch what happens next. These ‘no loitering’ walkways are still new to smaller towns. A patrol drone rolls up next to her. It beeps in what’s…

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In My Defense

Author: John McNeil Excuse me, I thought it was my turn. You had your hours and hours to say your so-called evidence, and now I’d like to talk about what really happened. Can we have Javert with a clipboard over here stop interrupting? Thank you. As I was trying to…

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Queen Arthur And The Edged Weapon, Excalibur

Author: David Barber The Princess was touring the human quarter. She savoured these adventures, accompanied only by a human guide and her security flock. Jomo was an amusing companion. As they made their way through the raucous marketplace, he regaled the Princess…

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New Words

Author: Stephen Murtough The blank screen became the words: Jasmine loved Jonathan more than he loved her. Thirty children were seated in individual booths with individual screens, and they each answered by pressing one of two buttons. Twenty-eight were correct. The…

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Into the Everlasting Now

Author: Hillary Lyon “How about: ‘Rainbow’s End’?” the art consultant said as she swept her hand in an arc through the air, eyes aglitter. “How about: No,” said the polling consultant seated beside her. “That might attract little kids, I’m afraid, and that would be…

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