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She tapped me on the shoulder as I placed the rubber lid over the last of the macaroni casserole. I didn’t turn around.

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I wake up. It’s dark. I’m in chains.

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He was getting another body. Again.

Always something new, though. Many people got almost the same body again - erase my scars, make me look younger, but I want to keep my fingerprints, they'd say. Smooth out the wrinkles, get rid of my freckles - that ...

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Ian knew he shouldn’t get involved. Still, he set down his drink, tapped on the towering back next to him and said, "Look, why don't you leave her alone? Clearly the lady is not interested."

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"What's it like?"

The pale-haired wispy woman that is Alicia stares up at Brian as he asks his question. From the observation deck behind the engine complex the two of them could view the planet below. It is a humbling sight, but Brian's attention is on ...

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The dead moved on surprisingly swift legs, despite muscles that had to be mostly composed of rot. So he ran faster.

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Author : TJMoore

Simon checked his course and speed against his charts. He was still only marginally ahead of the others but he hoped to be well ahead at the far buoy. He checked his lines and glanced at his sail which was full and tight. He relaxed and went below to fix some ...


Author : Rusty

People of the earth, I am sorry.

Mostly, I am sorry for the weapon pointed at me head, which you cannot see on your screen. But I think I am not as sorry as the person holding that weapon, who is hopefully debating wildly whether or not he should shoot me as ...

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It’s Sao Paolo all over again. I’ve got three bullets left in the low-tech and half a charge left in the high. I have six pencil holes straight through me that are cauterized from the setting on the sniper’s gun. They want this to be extreme cat and ...

Signal Strength

Author : Joshua Reynolds

"I'm glad you're here." Tom looked up at her, a smile on his face. It didn't reach his eyes. Jane sat heavily, her belly swollen, brushing a strand of hair out of her face as she returned his smile with one of her own. It was weak though. Six months ...

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Peter Drommel’s plan was flawless. He needed to kill Sebastian Keer, and make it look like suicide. And today would be the day. They were both presenting papers at The Fifth Annual Conference of Temporal Physics. Keer was presenting at 1:00. ...

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It was a Thursday. I’d just finished a little job for the landlord and I was looking through my latest copy of Dames when the bell rang. I looked at the monitor and saw a sultry blonde dish in a fancy red dress waiting at my door. Not being one to pass up a ...

Lost to the Music

Author : Kate Thornborough

“It’s ready, sir. Right this way.” said the visibly nervous neuroscientist, guiding the heavily decorated general to the sterile testing chambers. The rooms were small and each contained a test subject, a bed, and a small stereo. The subject paced ...

The Rescue Mission

Author : Josh Romond

Tasha Eng huddled in the corner of her escape pod. Her fingers brushed her upper lip as she stared wide eyed at the view screen. The cameras were trained on the massive, shimmering entity cradling the wreck of the Argos in its pseudopods. It had the ship ...


Author : Sad Sama

Paul Manning, Elderly Opportunist, flashes the crygel of information in front of Julian. Julian, in all his tweed glory, cracks a smile and lowers his expensive sunglasses. "Excellent. And this is all 123 reality sequences that you promised?"

Paul nods, ...

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Author : Joshua Reynolds

"My mind is the gate and the key." The thin, frail man in the bed muttered, his lips crusty, eyes staring past reality. His name was Howard Phillips Lovecraft and he was dying.

The Censor stood over him, watching him die. And fuming.

Lovecraft ...


Author : Duncan Shields

I’d tracked him down to the tiled cul-de-sac shower room in the emergency response section of the reactor. Smeared bloody footprints had led me to the crumpled figure breathing shallowly against the wall. He was applying field dressings to his wounds and ...

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We're not going to make it.

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