Alien Babble

Author: Joshua Daniels 10 Was how many years Jim and Sally were together before the Global Aeronautical Service called ‘all intrepid adventurers willing to travel to the great unknown!’ 9 Was how many astronauts were finally whittled down for the ‘Voyage of a…

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I am an explorer

Author: Richard Jordan The truth is you can’t tell much about a world from orbit. You can scan as much as you like, you can send out probes and even scouts – and we do all these things – but unless you set foot on the surface yourself, you can never really understand…

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The Broken Fishbowl

Author: Alzo David-West The day had been long and busy. I was on the Marsport Metro on my way home. The pilotless shuttle shook and rattled and made its usual stops. The time was late, and not many people were on board. At one of the stops, a woman of thirty-eight or…

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Fish Is Good For The Heart

Author: John Albertson The doctor is sat trimming his nails with a scalpel when I float into the surgery. He glances up and grunts, nodding his head towards a bed covered in a white sheet. The entire surgery is white, sterile, except for one wall which is glass. And…

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Out of the Loop

Author: John Teets The gentle rumble of truck engines filled the museum backlot, accompanied by the soft crunch of gravel beneath tires, and the occasional rustling of pale, haphazard fields of grass in the wind. The warehouses and loading bays painted a dull light…

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Wherehole

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer Marcus followed June from the school after class, across the back field, up over the train tracks, and down the other side into the woods. “Where are we going?” He struggled to keep up, his backpack catching on a branch as she forged…

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The Titania Exhibition

Author: Glenn Leung This happened so long ago, so I’ll understand if you doubt this story’s authenticity. Nevertheless, I swear on my honour, whatever that’s worth, that everything I’m about to describe, really happened. I don’t think I need to tell you about the…

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Pallas Palu

Author: Michael Anthony Dioguardi Only one man had ever landed on Pallas Palu—a meter-wide asteroid composed entirely of palladium. He was my former partner, Denton Fitzpatrick, and he’d been mining the Taurus cluster for decades. The asteroid wrangler snuck in…

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Flat Lines

Author: Robert Beech My brain is dead. I should feel nothing. After all, the brain is the thing that thinks and feels, is it not? “Garbage in, garbage out,” that was the rule taught by the first computer programmers. So, with no input, there should be no output. I…

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Memory Swipe

Author: Ilias Stroulias Ever since I was little, bad memories dragged me down like weights chained around my neck. I still recall vividly that time in English class when the teacher called me a monkey for messing around with my friends. The whole class laughed and all…

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The Sixth from the Sun

Author: Alzo David-West Dust whirled in a sunbeam. The early dawn was sapphire. A monomorph somewhere about seventeen, with gentle eyes and regrown arms, walked down a vernal glen. They saw two hares and three toddlers in the bordering woods. Branches of a birch…

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See

Author: Morrow Brady Time has no business in a cemetery. It stands by the gates, weeping at each new monolith. Within the pine casket, at the bottom of the open grave, the red chrome tendril pushed inside the corpse like a train entering a tunnel. Mechanical discs…

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Practice Drowning

Author : Kathy Kachelries, Staff Writer Ollie McNeil used to be a person, or so the rumors said. He came to the glades when the glades could still grow grass, before the floating villages, when the mosquitoes were smaller than the shrimp and the shrimp were safe to…

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Requiescat

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer Space, the never-ending frontier, the long night, the sea of stars. That last one should have given us a warning. Look what we did to the seas of Earth: filled them with our discards to the point where we nearly choked the planet. “Ping…

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Meet the neighbors

Author: Leon Taylor “I am not going to live next to a mansion of six-foot cockroaches.” “It’s their right,” his wife said. “Since when did cockroaches have rights?” “Since the Alien Rights Act of 2037.” “I know. I wrote it.” The Senator watched the movers lug boxes…

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Catch and Release

Author: Rick Tobin Werewolf rage fell short at the cage’s impenetrable viewing glass, prevailing against the assault, aided by a low-gravity holding cell. The brief demonstration impelled Ensign Collier to fill his spacesuit diaper. “First time seeing one up close…

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The Beast

Author: Tina Ruiz The beast screamed as she pushed her way through the dark underbrush. It had been chasing her for what seemed like an eternity, but tonight it was closer than usual. She stumbled but caught herself on a branch just above her head. Scrapes from the…

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Aurras, What Would You like on Your Pizza?

Author: Tadayoshi Kohno “Hello. Welcome to your new Aurras Smarthome Assistant. I will listen to you when you say my wake-up word, ‘Aurras.’ Say, ‘Aurras, Configure,’ to configure me.” ### RECORDING, JANUARY 4, 2026, 3:01PM: “Aurras, Configure.” ### RECORDING, JUNE…

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