“And Now the News…”

Author: Nigel Anthony Sellars Aliens Announce End to Abductions ROSWELL, NM (ICUP)-In a stunning announcement today, the leaders of an interplanetary organization that kidnaps humans and subjects them to high colonic examinations said it was ceasing such kidnappings…

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Futures Nightmare

Author: Tom Purkiss Do you dream? You do? Oh good. I do too, I wish I didn’t, but I do. Do you have good dreams? Of home, friends, and family? Do you dream of crowning triumphs, or of wishes you’ve yet to fulfill, maybe a secret desire, or… A lover perhaps; one…

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By The River

Author: Richard Albeen A different world. A different nameless town, a different nameless river. In the dimness, the water looked almost peaceful. The moon and stars danced in it through the lingering smoke of another war. It was good to be alone. The weariness in my…

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Dead Man’s Money

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer “What now?” I look at Rico. “Mate, the shit just hit the fan, but it’s not immediate. Give me a moment to think, please.” Tricia slaps the back of Rico’s head. “He means back the fuck up.” Time to do like my brother taught me: mentally…

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Gift

Author: Ken Poyner My husband has fashioned me many things of great wonder. A gryphon, our unicorn, the town’s signature basilisk. With his ability to resequence DNA and a sufficient quantity of raw living cells, there seems no end to what he can accomplish. And no…

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Bon Appétit

Author: Alicia Yau It was entertaining to watch Chevelle busily pan-searing a lab-grown salmon fillet, cooking a bit of spaghetti, boiling a hydroponic broccoli head, and pouring a glass of wine. “Done.” “Smells good.” Before my first bite, she asked, “Can I join…

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Conspicuous Failure

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer The two technicians parked the ArVee down a side street and covered the last hundred meters on foot. They took up a position in the shelter of an alley behind a battered wall with a clear view of the square. The combat frame they had…

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The Great Slowdown

Author: Natalie J e Potts Apparently, scientists had been debating the nature of time for years. Some thought it was linear, others circular, with a multitude of theories in between. Now there was a new, more frightening theory. Time was linear, but it ended in a…

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Dietary

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer I can’t find the words to describe what Jerome is eating. “How can you?” He grins around a mouthful. “Crash land on Lear II. Spend a month waiting for Integral Retrieval to realise your beacon is not a test, and a further six months…

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The Believer

Author: Warren Benedetto The last man on Earth leaned on his shovel, then wiped the sweat from his face. He was almost finished. He had been digging for hours. He started around noon, when the sun was high overhead, when his shadow was nothing more than a puddle of…

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A Calculated Murder Defense

Author: Don Nigroni I replied, “So it’s an open and shut case. Your client was seen by three witnesses entering the room through the only door. The window was latched from the inside. They heard a thud or two and upon entering the room seconds later saw the victim…

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New Beirut

Author: Richard Albeen I was in New Beirut. Another planet. Another aftermath of another war. I was walking down a bombed-out boulevard that had once been majestic. It would never be so again. Craters half-filled with rancid water festered on each side of the street….

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Carried Away Forever

Author: Brooks C. Mendell “Conspiracies require a lot of goddam work,” I thought, walking down the aisle of shipping containers. Each metal box, rather than stuffed with widgets or t-shirts, housed a humming transporter tuned to a predetermined time and place. A rusty…

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Fraud

Author: Suzanne Borchers Cedric BotIV noted the blanket of artificial feathers had slipped off the old man’s shoulders. He lifted them back onto his master. Master preferred to dream of flight and the soft feel of his blanket mellowed his dreams. Cedric BotIV…

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Once There Was a Crew

Author: Craig C Lipman Once there was a human crew. Once, things only happened when the crew gave orders to me, the ship’s Synthetic Intelligence System (SIS). Once, the crew confided their secrets, love, and hopes to me, never considering I would betray them. Once I…

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Invest in Braille

Author: Benjamin Davis The world ending is a slow news day. A bit faster than the ousting of a third world tyrant, but quite a lot slower than a celebrity wedding. The astronomers were the first to realize. They tried to warn people in a series of boring essays…

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Upgrade

Author: Ken Poyner Coming back from work, I pass near the Post Office, so I thought I would stop in to see if the expected package had arrived. And it had: there in our box was the slim three inch by four inch by two inch box, the code autoloader with its new…

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V.O.L.E. Control

Author: Mina Voice ad on the New York subway, London tube, and Paris metro in 2067: Buy your V.O.L.E. now while stocks last! This compact and sleek e-bot can take over the running of your house from cleaning and stocking up your fridge to paying your bills. Why waste…

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