Shades of Victor

Author: R. J. Erbacher She watched Victor move off the loading platform emerging from the thin smoke like a god. The chamber was still partially filled with the exhaust from the vehicle’s landing sequence. He was lean and purposeful. Long confident strides. He was…

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Break In

Author: David K Scholes “What was the cause of death?” I asked. “Well,” replied the bot medical examiner, “they may both have died from sheer fright. Both of them experienced a huge increase in heart rate and blood pressure before their automatic personal protection…

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The Pre-Tech

Author: J.P. Quinn Parker flipped on her monitor. She’d definitely heard it this time, there was no mistaking it. It sounded as if someone was in here with her. Cycling through the closed-circuit, she searched the facility, but still couldn’t see anything. This was…

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A Time To Cast Away Stones

Author: Janet Shell Anderson Enormous sound, heard and felt; goes right through me; my bones feel it. Shock. The sky over the Potomac cracks; the sound streaking overhead moving from East to West as if heaven’ll fall into two pale, white pieces. One breath. Two. I’m…

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The Invasion

Author: Alzo David-West What Ozzie did most with his virtual reality game The Invasion was not the playing but the observing. His parents had recently moved to the big city, and they put him in a new school and a physical fitness club there. However, he was not a…

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Seven Point Six Two Millimetres

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer “This is not who we are”, I mutter as I watch the images cycle over and over on the screen. We are a haven and we love and hold close the freedom and liberty that we’ve cultured here on our tiny beautiful moon. Our special speck of…

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Fooled

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer Another flight of stairs disappears into the shadows above. If this were an old movie, I’d casually rest my hand against a spotless wall while pausing to see if my pursuers have given up. If not, I would spring lightly upwards as if the…

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Take me back, or I’ll be mad

Author: Mandira Pattnaik First time it felt like a huge soap bubble had released at the nape of my neck, and, rising to the cerebrum, burst in slow motion, into pixelated colors—an unspecified shade of purple dominating an array of pinks and crimsons. My head had…

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Behinders

Author: Scott Porter Life on a Civilization Ship is so easy. So simple, so complete. The authorities have thought of everything. Everybody has their part. The Marie Curie had left earth four hundred years earlier, looking for any Earth-like planet to deposit her…

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Lost in my Mind

Author: Ellie Brumley The heavily sealed double doors slid open and I entered an operating room filled with doctors and scientists in white lab coats. I knew immediately I was doomed. Experimental surgeries were practically a death sentence. “Welcome,” a scientist…

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A Certain Distance from the Floor

Author: Moriah Geer-Hardwick You might call it fear. When your knee gives out on the stairs, suddenly, without warning. Gravity snaps its jaws around you and rips you from a passive illusion of self-control straight to the floor. An immediate awareness of potential…

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The Wall

Author: R. J. Erbacher Bruce moved across the monotonous landscape with ease. Not quite desert. More powder than sand but not really either. All beige, all flat. Featureless. Except for the wall. The diminished gravity and PowerDrive suit made walking relatively…

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The Necessary Room

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer We are alone. There is no body and no thing out there in the ink that surrounds our spinning ball of candy streaked blue. No migratory Sibylla trees on Aeneas 10, no carnivorous Hing fungus hanging in carnal embrace from the ceiling…

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Visionaries

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer The guide says it starts small: things move when you’re not about. Takes a while to be sure. Walking into your lounge to find one of your books floating in the middle of the room while something unseen turns the pages? Conclusive. Time…

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Shore Leave

Author: David Barber Cally had hacked her teacher. She gave herself grades good enough to keep her mothers happy, but not so good they attracted attention. Also, she rigged the on-line attendance so she was free to have adventures in the Station’s ill-lit underdecks….

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Diffusion

Author: Jason McGraw Images of vectors, numbers, and circles reflect off of a bi-metallic cube. Gold touches lead at a wide, dull blur. Machinery forces the metals together and a clear sleeve prevents bulging. Crew is receiving a “big-picture” brief from Captain using…

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Construct

Author: Moriah Geer-Hardwick “I would like my arms back.” The machine’s voice is gentle. Almost childlike. There is only the hint of a request nuanced within its inflection. Jacob looks up slowly for a moment, then lets his attention slide back to his tablet. “That’s…

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Focal Point

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer Sebastian stood in the middle of the living room, basking in the late afternoon sunshine. Rays scythed through the walls of glass, catching random dust particles and lighting them, like so many flecks of stardust. He felt the polished…

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