Watchers from the Deep

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer They seeped through the fissures and oozed through the sands as they rose up from the black and into the quivering blue. Ancient and hungry they feasted, stripping the meat from shells that clamped to the rocks and picking clean the…

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Time Waits for No One

Author: Ken Carlson “I’m sorry, Mister Bennett? “Yes, Ronald Bennett, my first day.” He pulled the tan card from his pocket that came in the mail the week before. The receptionist, a tall, pale woman looked down her glasses at him. She wore a pristine tan blazer like…

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Would You Like a Sweetie?

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer Her shaking fingers reach for the yellow lozenge. “No, not that one. Try the green one.” Olivia does so and her eyes go wide, then close. She slumps. Smiling, toothy and benign, he steps over her twitching body, then shakes the bowl and…

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Next, please!

Author: Philip G. Hostetler “Many have failed but perhaps you will succeed.”, said Torjen, “The trans-galactic download is paramount to the ascension beyond space-time and admittance into the Multiverse Associates. You, you…” Torjen looked inquisitively at his tablet,…

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A blue dot, a white dot

Author: Michael Anthony Dioguardi I can’t see! I can’t fucking see! No! Don’t crumble, stop! Christ, my tether is threadbare. I have to dig my feet in. I can’t get my hand out of this biner. Oh shit! More wind! Armstrong! Armstrong! No! he’s gone. I don’t want to die!…

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False Face

Author: Shon-Lueiss Harris What was a dank alleyway disappeared. Gone, cut straight to black. The pungent stench of urine the only sign Michael hadn’t died suddenly. That and the hands grasping him, both forcing him to follow. At some point, Michael dropped his…

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The Mallard

Author: Phil Manning My mother was a strange woman. Not strange as in, lock the children in the closet, more, strange how easily she seemed to be able to pick up new information, new things and make them work for her. She could learn almost anything but she could…

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This?

Author: Richard Leise A knock on the door. In the way of doctors, the door opens before Justin or Jenifer can answer. The wail of a woman moaning sweeps down the hallway and into their room. The sound swells to a scream, but her words are indistinguishable, each…

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If At First You Don’t Succeed

Author: Katlina Sommerberg Five seconds on the clock. Rachel hurled her coffee cup at the reactor’s control panel, but she missed by five inches. The porcelain shattered against the worn carpet, white shards skittering across the floor. Before the coffee spray hit the…

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Walking Through Low Market

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer A distorted voice grates out: “Your DEDbot is sweating money.” I step back to see who’s heckling. It’s some masked tech vendor, looking to score passing trade by running my mechanical down. “Surprised you can see anything through those…

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Dreamachine

Author: Morrow Brady The desire ached deep inside. She was in his head again. The first thought of every day, just true perfection. The beautiful dream of her standing in the red dress, echoing through the halls of his mind. The further he birthed from sleep’s…

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The Red Ones

Author: Moriah Geer-Hardwick “Don’t try to talk to them.” The consultant clicks another cylinder into place. It makes a satisfied hiss as it seats properly into its compartment. “They don’t react well to the noise. Imagine one of them emptying an entire scent gland in…

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The Discarded

Author: Mark Renney I won’t claim that this will be a complete and definitive history of the Mind Wipes because that would be impossible. But I am almost seventy years of age and I have been drained only once. In order to achieve this, to survive with my memories…

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Cadence

Author: Dean J Tantillo I don’t remember much, aside from hiding between the garage and the fence, and seeing my grandmother chopping heads off garden snakes with a hoe. And that gigantic lilac bush, the one that shielded me and my secret passageway from view as I…

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The Pedestal

Author: Morrow Brady My fingers traced the fine etching of the gold Byzantine coin, lit by the moonlight flooding in through the large window. The etched scene depicted a perfectly carved stone pedestal against a rocky outcrop, overlooking a luscious wooded valley. I…

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A Luxury of Kings

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer “They said it should be something like chess. Engaging, yet with depths that would take time to comprehend. When the incorporation of elements from other games was proposed, the complexity escalated. Finally, a quantum swarm was used to…

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Execramentum

Author: Moriah Geer-Hardwick Ghelvius 4. A three-month crawl from the warp gate at Oberon Null. Most of its surface is a relentless waste of brittle rock scabbed loosely over a seething ocean of noxious gas. Most, but not all. There is a place, a single place, nestled…

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The Great Space Race

Author: Glenn Leung The continents were coming into focus; the race was almost over. Niu Mowang checked his hyperscan; the only other racer close by was the Tiger clan’s, about seven thousand kilometers behind. This distance could be closed in under ten seconds. He…

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