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Author : Ari Brill The galaxy is a dangerous and cutthroat place, with no room for the weak. So we have always known; intrinsic in the cruel laws of nature, all organisms must fight, or die. Knowing this, we were not unprepared. With the invention of hyperdrive came the ...

The Assassin

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer When Mati Forish was five years old, she could move coins across the table using only her mind. At ten, she could make small stones levitate. As a teenager, she could fly an aerocar from the back seat. Out of fear, Mati’s parents ...

Rule #86

Author : Joey Cruz There are certain rules in this world that we must abide by. We don't always agree with them, and they rarely agree with us, but if we are to survive to see tomorrow, we need to place our personal feelings aside and just accept things for what they ...

The Plane Truth

Author : Asher Wismer 30,000 feet above the ocean, my fighter jet went into a barrel roll. This was not optimal. I hung on the control stick for dear life, opened the flaps, and grunted as we decelerated hard. In the air around me, flashing lights tailed and surrounded my ...

Best Supporting Actors

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer "My card." The smooth-shelled android pressed a small square of cardboard into Gin's hand. Gin turned it over. Printed, in a fine copperplate script were the words 'Best Supporting Actors', and then underneath that, there was an address, a ...

The Time Traveller

Author : Gavin Raine It is with some consternation that I realize I am having difficulty in ordering my thoughts. Perhaps this is the onset of confusion one must expect, as the air supply becomes exhausted. I must make haste to write my account: Only a few hours have passed ...

The Vortex of Youth

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Cephei A and Cephei B are eclipsing binary stars that are located approximately 3,000 light years from Earth. Cephei A is a supergiant that is currently the second largest star in the Milky Way Galaxy. It is so large that if it ...

To Sleep, Perchance…

Author : Roi R. Czechvala It was raining, it was always raining. It fell thick and oily. I sought refuge in a Food-a-Mat. I dropped a couple of bucks into the slot beside the little plastic door. It had once been clear, but now was clouded with age. I pulled out what was ...

Free Range Humans

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer It was the free-range humans that Dorg liked best. Those fatty, preservative-laced humans from the cage-farms were disgusting. They had most of their senses ironed off. Eyes, ears, and nose sealed shut for maximum docility. Their sense ...

Sufficiently Advanced

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer As the supports of Hall's final prototype sank a half-centimetre into the soft earth, he breathed a sigh of relief. After a moment's perfect peace, one of the guide crystals under his seat exploded. Fragments scattered all over the clearing, ...

Tunnel

Author : Jonah Lensher The tunnel is long and dark; the smell of mould and must penetrate the darkness, the steady drip of water the only way to measure time as it unravels, unnoticed, past the weeks, years, and decades. Nothing breathing lives down here, there is no ...

The Impact

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The twelve scientists stationed at the Scobee Moon-Base listened intently as the Earth-based support team updated them on the recently discovered Levy-Takanotoshi asteroid. The asteroid was a previously unknown Centaurs Class object ...

The Thank You Note

Author : Eric L. Sofer Dear Cousin Pynn, I want to thank you for the birthday present you sent from Proxima Centauri. You obviously remembered my love for plants and botanicals, and it was such a thrill getting a genuine extra-solar gift. The HydroFern was lovely, and I ...

To Die With Light In Their Eyes

Author : Jim Brown Jaller scrambled across the engine's surface, checking for microfractures and loose connections. The recon ship had taken a direct hit to its hull which both shut down the engine and sent them spinning off course. They had gotten so close. As he worked, he ...

Save The Last Dance

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Emily sat, quiet and alone in a corner, waiting for the evening's last song to begin. She watched the immaculate boys prowling the dimly lit room, chatting up pretty girls in hope of securing companionship. No one wanted to be alone. Emily ...

Long Walk

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer One thing I like to do is set my iPod to ‘receive’, set the radius to ten meters, and just take a long walk. Everyone on the street has their buds in. I walk through a group of teens. Track five from Linkin Park’s post-crash album ...

The Collector

Author : Tom Mazanec Everybody needs a hobby. I am a collector. I just made it to slide implant technology. I was in my nineties when nanojuve came out, over 100 when I got my Slide implant. What I do is, I buy a small piece of jewelry. Then I walk around downtown ...

Shades of Gray

Author : Renee Leyburn I dream things before they happen to me. I dreamed the day I will die. From what I hear tell, the foresight is a side effect of the genetic selection and enhancement process that was used when my parents decided to have a child. I don’t know all the ...

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