Birdu Vanilla

Author: Desmond White We were all playing Birdu Vanilla, rumored to be the latest lightbug of Hayashi. The game was a free download on his blog but was posted after his arrest and extradition from the Philippines. The file was up for two hours before someone, probably…

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Homecoming

Author: Glenn Leung We decided to go on foot, so we left ‘Yes Sir’ Dave guarding the Rover with orders to keep the engines warm. The regiment of monoliths stood at attention as we walked towards them, piercing the alien sky like blunt yet deadly spears. Streaks of…

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Praemonitus Praemunitus (Forewarned is Forearmed)

Author: David C. Nutt The Chair of the Classics Department made her way through the corridor of the ship to the command section. Along the way the bodies confirmed the Captain had been correct in his assessment: mutiny. She knew what would come next. Execution of the…

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Blind Date

Author: Malcolm Carvalho Bhumi’s idly slurping her milkshake. She has a playful air about her. Okay, I’ve only met her an hour ago, but this feels great. I have a simple rule when it comes to dating. Get her to acknowledge three common things between us and it’s a…

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New Mission

Author: Josie Gowler My exoskeleton is in an uncooperative mood again. It doesn’t stop my daily march out of the camp and round the city, it just makes it more difficult. I’ve already lurched to two appointments today: first psych (boring) and then meditation…

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Catman Meets the Thing

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer The lover of cats does not so much love the little sycophant balls of fur as he craves their affection. Anything, any trace of attention directed toward the frost of his cold and achingly lonely existence. Even as they pander to him…

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Little Evolutions

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer The breeze from the windows is lethargic, like everything else in the oppressive heat and humidity. Tutor Phenedras shakes his head in resignation and puts down the cane he’s been using to point out the finer points of ‘Machiavellian…

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Conversion within the heavens

Author: Chidumebi Ikechi Njoku-Browne “I want to change my afterlife!”, screamed Jeanette McCormick at the floating hologram in front of her. It was a hologram of a Renaissance-era Cherub, wearing an anachronistic late 20th-century full male business attire which…

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Urgent MIssion

Author: Stephen Duffin Bracken poked my eyes as I crouched low in the undergrowth. An armed guard walked past, fiddling with his rifle. Intruders were shot dead. I’d zapped past barbed wire fences using a rusty teleportation-belt strapped to my waist. Three loose…

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Relevant

Author: Thomas Mills Muscles ache to the point of insensibility. Crucified on a wrought iron framework, I wait. There. Listen. There it is again. In the distance….thunder? Or my imagination. Twenty-three other souls hear it. Infectious fear spreads among us. Lashed…

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The Child

Author: David Barber The child has learned a lot of things. It knows about the food machines and how to trick them; it knows where a tap drips water to drink, and it learned early on about light and dark. It learned the lights in the ceilings get tired too, but…

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Watership Up

Author: DJ Lunan “I supply water just like my ancestors did”, discloses Chinza in quiet but precise home-world English. Mkoe’s always returns to this sole recording of Chinza, even though he’d died of cholera on Earth over one hundred years before her birth on…

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Ghosts and the Machines

Author: David C. Nutt I don’t remember dying, and I don’t remember much of my living, but I do remember here and now. I am a human brain, once a human named Doug… (or was it Mike?) Anyway, brain in android bi-pedal human form body, resurrected for research and…

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The Comedian

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer War is a sanguisuge. The blood thief, taker of light and life and sleep that is sound. The old one who rips speech from shocked throats and piss-stains the sheets of the brave. Two fat men sit in a room leafed in gold. A dirty pact…

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Lifetime Renewability

Author: Jack Bates Rae smiled as patiently as she could. The elderly man sitting across from her gave her that look of confusion so many other clients expressed upon hearing their claim had been denied. “I don’t understand,” the man said. “Back in twenty-twenty, that…

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The Skin of the Conquered

Author: Coleman Bomar The doctor scowled in disgust behind an orange Hazmat mask, began to remove the feeding tube and said, “1284, I suppose by now you’re tired of being fed through your sinus or whatever the hell you things call it. Well, I have bad news, we are…

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PTSD

Author: David C. Nutt “Thank you for your service,” she said. “Thank you for your support,” I replied with the appropriate level of expected gratitude. The hardware store clerk saw the veterans imprint on my license. I didn’t ask for it, it’s required by law. Still,…

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Mesozoic Overcrowding

Author: David K Scholes “When they transported us down time to the original colony I thought we would at least have the place to ourselves,” Urrle was indignant. “Apart from the dinosaurs of course.” “We did,” I replied, “we did for a while.” “Until “they” started…

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