High Noon

Author: KevS I sit nursing the beer, the bar noise a background thrum. The place is full of tech voyeurs. My Fingers absentmindedly circling the jack at the back of my skull. I used to grow my hair to cover it, now, well now I simply don’t give a fuck. I’m a remnant…

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Toxic Relationship

Author: Rick Tobin Joshua Vergiften shuddered, strapped within his tired, bruised ship plummeting through heavy cloud cover over colony UW26, an indistinct recent colonial outreach from Earth’s solar system. His goal: fresh provisions and clean water from a source he…

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Space Oatmeal

Author: Richard M. O’Donnell, Sr. Frank Blair woke up confused, but that was okay. Confusion in the morning was normal, a challenge. His caseworker used that word a lot. “Frank, you have challenges and that’s a good thing.” So when the robot woke him from his…

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Relinquish / Metamorph

Author: Logan Thrasher Collins Anabelle and Enrique lived on Mars in a prim antebellum cottage with white walls. Each morning, Enrique emerges and dusts away the maroon regolith which accumulates on the walls during the nighttime. He typically wears lime green…

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All rights reserved

Author: Philip Tudball “You know what the worst part of it all is?” Harper reflected “It’s the codpiece. Definitely the codpiece. I mean the food is rubbish and my health plan is currently non-existent” Harper picked another louse from his hair, just to reinforce the…

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He Wore Sorrow; She, the Crown

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer The bright lights seem colder, shining from tall glass towers, set against a sky made starless by clouds. Nearer are the lights that adorn the forest of Christmas trees on the plaza above. Closer still are the control boards that…

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Dirty Little Coward

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer The Dentist turns onto Fremont Street. Pausing, he slips a hand beneath the lapel of his jacket and massages the laudanum that eases the needles that scratch in his chest. The double-action Thunderer that hangs at his hip will feel…

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Faith Will Provide

Author: KevS I watch them squabbling like vermin. Vicious, pathetic vermin. 3 months ago they arrived, answering the beacon. In 2 months they exhausted the food. Like vermin they have numbers, so I watch, I wait. In the first month, they harvested rocks, heating them…

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The Waymarker

Author: Philip Tudball We explore. As a species, it is both what we do and defines who we are. It is what we have always done, since the first of us gazed outwards and wondered. We took ships and travelled out into the unknown, planting our flags on distant shores….

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Negotiations

Author: Rick Tobin Charlene, a bubbly, buxom blonde graduate student from Rutgers, acting as a freshly appointed aide-de-camp to a hatchling President, turned sour overnight. Her daily briefing notes were disheveled, poking from her leather daily briefing binder, held…

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A Pasture of Stars

Author: Mark Joseph Kevlock “I’m finished at last.” Tommy pulled Mariel by the hand as they ran through the nearby woods. “I’ve retrofitted the structure with twin rocket pods sufficient to achieve orbit.” Mariel did not know what her best friend was talking about….

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Flowers From Another Time And Place

Author: Irene Montaner “So, what is it?” Dan asks. I don’t know. I think it’s a flower but I don’t remember its name. I add another brushstroke to my watercolour painting. Another red leaf, longer than all the other ones and I paint some green leaves too. Red and dark…

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Sonnengott

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer I was going to say that everyone knows of Shoichi Yokoi, the Japanese soldier who hid for many years, not knowing that the war had ended. But most, probably, do not. His war and its scattered detritus have now long since been…

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Arterial Drive

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer I’m sitting in a luxurious café on the seafront at Torslit, watching ten-metre-tall purple waves break across the dome, when a news article catches my eye on the ever-present infofeed. “Police today released the constructed image of a…

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Man of Iron

Author: Philip Tudball Etrian blocked a glaive swing that would have decapitated him, moving backwards and trying to find his balance. His attacker leapt in again, sweeping a low strike at his legs. Another hurried parry and another step back. A third attack, this a…

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The Providers

Author: Malcolm Carvalho Sneha glances at me and adjusts the collar of her gravsuit. The ocean depths are unforgiving to these elite land dwellers, even with their gravsuits and this room’s pressure neutralizing field. Yet they need this place. She shoots a dictating…

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Marked

Author: Justin Williams “Shit…” Velia pulled the car over on the side of the road as the check engine light flashed. The car sputtered to a stop and Velia glanced at the rearview mirror. Lily shifted in her sleep, causing a stretching sound to emanate from the…

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Ellen and I

Author: Damien Titchener His mind had never felt such warm serenity before this. Gazing upon the world below, the mix of whites, blues, and greenish browns coalesced into a vision of unmatched beauty. His sense of pride looking at this pale blue dot, as a great Earth…

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