Something Out There

Author : Joe Essid The bluish-gray haze in the western sky this morning is not the shadow of the Earth, rising up against the Dawn. No, there is something out there. It’s coming, already slipping over the sky like a thin curtain, the first of many curtains before it…

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No More Inspections

Author : Laila Amado Marjorie began freaking out when we lost contact with Earth. I gather she thought she would still get to go home one day, though I can’t imagine the corporation ever paying for this trip. If you ask me, I think the bastards finally blasted…

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A Million Idle Daydreams Come True

Author : Thomas Desrochers Michael lit a hand-rolled cigarette, hands shaking. “What fucking century are you from?” Jack opened his flask and took a long drink. Michael exhaled smoke. “What millennia are you from?” “The one where everything sucks.” Jack spat on the…

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Grobnars and Humans

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Once they were gathered on the elementary school playground, teams needed to be selected for a game of Grobnars and Subjugates. Dinklebarg, a grobnar, was today’s selector. Greg, a human, raised his hand and asked, “When we play…

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Under My Scorched Wings

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer From orbit, this island must look like charred toast floating in a soup of boiled seafood. They’ve rained fire upon us for hours. Not sure what we did, but, as Lailoken always said “It isn’t about what you’ve done, it’s what they think…

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Disrupt

Author : Philip Berry Stan looks right through the innocent, who stand in pools of studio-bright light where the afternoon sun reflects from countless mirrored towers. Turn up the power and they’d boil on the spot. It is the last natural warmth he feels. Carrying…

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The New Plagiarism

Author : Beck Dacus Running down the hall to Solo’s dressing room, I could hear the security guards behind me. It didn’t matter; I only needed a second with Solo, and then I would be a legend in my neighborhood. I scanned the names on all the doors until I found his,…

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Good morning, Josh

Author : Russell Bert Waters Brushing his teeth, Josh heard a chime from the other room. It wasn’t the familiar chime associated with email or social networks, it sounded more like a “system” alert. Curious, he spat into the sink and walked to the living room. On the…

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How Do You Say It?

Author : Thomas Desrochers The crowds below were packed shoulder to shoulder, bathed in neon and the ceaseless murmur of advertisements. Ed watched, chewing his lip thoughtfully. “Doesn’t it feel like it should be louder?” “Does it?” “Yeah. I mean think about it, they…

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Changes

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer “Transmutation, or more absurdly ‘transmogrification’, that’s the crux of the biscuit, isn’t it?” The speaker stood in the middle of the room, behind massive horizontal length of stone cantilevered on top of a single metallic spire…

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The Stone Disciple

Author : Lynette Aspey My grandfather was a stone disciple. I only began to understand what that meant when he stopped speaking and began to stiffen. Yet, even then, when the cost to him was clear, our neighbors still brought their sick and their wounded for him to…

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Stain

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer I’m standing a little too close for his bodyguard’s liking, but it’s crowded in here and I have to be sure. I stumble a little and Ileo himself reaches a hand to help. I take his arm and smile. He doesn’t recognise me. “Thank you.”…

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Dying Man

Author : David Henson One morning I have a horrible pain in my right side. I go see Dr. Ivan, my organ manager. She concludes my body is rejecting my liver and quickly puts in another. Less than a week later, I can barely get out of bed. “We’ll have to put in a…

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Luck

Author : Charles Paul Wallace I thought I’d got lucky. She was my type, you know? Late ’20s, not-too-pretty-not-too-plain, intelligent…and, apparently, interested. I was in one of those black-light bars by the Thames, near to the corporate headquarters of my…

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Poison Berry

Author : Edward Turner III This isn’t really about the divorce now. Nor is it about the cheating, I am coming to terms with the fact that he truly wants me to die. He is still speaking, running his mouth, pretending to be the good guy. He is smiling a big toothy grin…

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Deviation: Resolved

Author : Adam Byers Case File: C7-40415 Description of event: At 8:42 am on September 27, 1988, Kenneth James Walker was struck and killed by a bus. The Deviation occurred at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Rutherford Road, District C, Sector 7. Mr. Walker was 28…

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Cell Wars

Author : Ken Carlson Parallel universes can be tricky. They create confusion, fear, and a false sense of hope. So when I informed Nelson, my best friend from our original lives in Manhattan that I intended to destroy the portal between our universe and the other, as…

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Morning Light

Author : Thomas Desrochers Grant watched as steam curled up from his mug and disappeared into the foliage above, weak spears of early morning light dancing through the leaves. He smiled – it was rare to have a moment of peace. The girl’s mattress creaked in the next…

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