Last

Author: Jason Kocemba Greg has finally breathed his last. He was a good boy, faithful. He deserves to be buried and not left to be carrion, but I’m tired. In the beginning, when the dead were fresh, I buried them: single, double, mass graves, it didn’t matter. When I…

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I Am Not An Alien

Author: Connor Long-Johnson A crowd had gathered and soon snowballed into a frenetic mob on the bridge overlooking the river. Cries and shouts swirled in the air as the crowd surged and morphed like the uneasy river below, sirens blared in the background and two lone…

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Family Tree

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer The third moon of Charius has an erratic orbit. The survey vessel noted that fact, but evaluated the deviation to be within acceptable margins. Nobody bothered to investigate any further because, by then, the planet was desolate: ruined…

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Blue Endeavor

Author: Brian C. Mahon Maurice yells in capitalized white letters across her left eye’s field of vision: [DO NOT MOVE.] Target confirmed – ten feet away, closing. Shiori’s training keeps excitement in check; the suit keeps her mute. The target, Meng Mei, born to the…

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A Kiss

Author: Rachel Sievers The crowd rushed on in the hot, stale air. Women holding the hands of little ones. Men rushing by with all their possessions. The holy and unholy fleeing before the wave of evil. All around people ran by him. His feet were cemented down as he…

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Into the Caves at Last

Author: Lin Edwards She knew she was close, and her heart was racing. She’d been on the catering team of the dive expedition all those years ago; young, inexperienced, excited just to be part of it. They hadn’t let her go down into the cave system or its tendrils of…

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White Noise

Author: Linda McMullen I turn onto my side as a MyPillow ad launches behind my eyelids. They fly open. The algorithm adjusts. I settle back down. A commercial for a sleep number mattress plays, and I wonder if it’s worth the money. I decide that a) it probably is, and…

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Three Centuries. Same Radio.

Author: Asch My identity initiates with a signal into space, announcing my presence with a tangible image inviting others to respond if they are out there. You ping me seconds after I project my presence onto the ether, complimenting the image. When you say that you…

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Non Cogito Ergo…

Author: Dick Narvett Professor Nia Elston was apprehensive about accepting the incoming telepathcom. She had a funny feeling something was wrong. As usual, she was right. Kiana, Dr. Spellman’s assistant, entered her head. She informed Nia that her test results were…

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Fort Anger

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer The sky is lit by colossal energy beams throughout an otherwise murky afternoon. Most of them originate from the monstrous shape that looms on the far horizon like a mountain cut from steel. The outpost on the hill had been deserted…

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Veins of Nickel-Iron

Author: Anisha Narayan Soaring, soaring through the sinuous labyrinth of taenite trails that twisted like a tangle of veins through the terrain of Erasmus, Myka and Ylla glided, smoothly and effortlessly. They hurtled along chrome-hued paths reflecting their…

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Simulated-Life during wartime

Author: Riley Meachem When the Terrans had first set up camp on these plains, they’d massacred all the native animals, mostly for food, but also for convenience. It didn’t do to have cattle meandering around when you were trying to pull off tactical maneuvers. The…

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I Begin to Dream

Author: Evan MacKay I lower myself into the pod slowly, feeling the cool nutrient gelatin cover my skin. A shiver ripples across me, causing hairs to stand on edge before they are submerged. My legs go first, then my sex, then my torso. Finally, I come to my head. I…

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A Broken Arm in the Future

Author: Shannon O’Connor I broke my arm, and I’m devastated. I can’t use a computer and do my work, and it gets in the way of my life. I’m a resident in Cardiology at a big hospital, and I think this might hurt my career. There’s no reason we should depend on…

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Imprint

Author: David Sharp Neon lights the darkness in sharp angles. I lean down onto the cyber-surgical bench, its faux leather creases and cools my bare skin. I feel exposed and vulnerable. Is this what I really want or did I let him talk me into it in a moment of…

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Stanley

Author: David Henson As I’m looking for cheddar, I notice a Chamenileon drop a dozen eggs to the floor. Sobbing and turning blue, he puts the yolk-dripping carton in his cart and heads for the front of the store. I haven’t liked nor trusted the Chamenileons since we…

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Patient Y

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer They’re on to me. Not bad. Three continents, sixteen countries, four passports, and two illegal border crossings later, the one scientist shouting about me has, finally, received a fair hearing. Way to go, Gerald. I hope it makes your…

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Substitute

Author: Steven Zeldin Part of me is missing. My friends, my family, they try to poke fun at it to improve my mood. Yet something that was attached to me—that was me—is now an object sitting and rotting out there in the world. I must replace that part of myself. I have…

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