Bright Forest

Author: Glenn Leung The night the stars spoke; I was listening. It was not light they sent us, but a series of electrical pulses in M code picked up as instrument static. They sent it all at once, bypassing the lightyears through what we now call Hyperspace. They have…

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Life Sentence

Author: Jeff Hayward The fluorescent lights switched on flickering and humming – the clock on the wall read 6:00 AM. Patrick sat up in his bed, wiping the sleep from his eyes. He stood up unsteadily, using the steel sink to gain his balance. He shuffled the few steps…

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Opportunity

Author: James A Brown III “Well, I guess it’s time to head out.” “Where to?” “Grandagar.” Sri tapped some keys behind the bar and read the display, his face glowed a deep reflected red then blue as he worked down the list of ingredients. “That’s going to be a thousand…

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Special Orders

Author: Ken Carlson “Hello and welcome to Burger King. How may I help you,” said the disembodied out of the drive-through speaker in a dark parking lot off Interstate 5, Tacoma. The voice belonged to Chad Stearns, 16 years old, 120 pounds and already drained of hope….

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Zero Gain

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer The great starving horde marched through space. No, they didn’t. They swarmed and, just as the hive-minded are apt to do, they toiled relentlessly, each individual an integral part of the whole. Every last one a citizen and willing…

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Shower Time

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer In the beginning, there was a world. It wasn’t a particularly unusual or outstanding one, just another ball of rock with a hot liquid interior and a solid lump at the centre. The usual early planetary phases passed without anything of…

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Saving the Intellequestrials

Author: R. J. Erbacher The incongruence of this bridge’s construction boggled Samm’s mind. Using her ship to cut, haul and position logs, if they could be called that, when they should be using carbon graphene girders. This planet didn’t have traditional trees but…

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All in the mind

Author: Glenn Leung ‘Activate Neuro-Computer link.’ I concentrated on the implants in my brain as I thought those words. I immediately got a sense that I knew more than I used to, and I mentally scanned for knowledge of the ship’s map. Having it in my head would not…

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A Visit with Myself

Author: Lance J. Mushung The man standing in my doorway was me wearing different clothes. He smiled and extended his right hand. “Hello, Brad.” After a couple of seconds, he grabbed my hand and pumped it. “You should close your dropped jaw and invite me in.” He…

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Death Notification

Author: David C. Nutt I saw the black limo outside our cottage. I knew why the angel of death was here. It was for my partner Andrew. He hasn’t looked well for over a week. What’s more, he’s been grumpy- as grumpy as his actual age of 337, rather than the 42 he…

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On the Fragility of Man and Woman

Author: Thomas Fitzgerald McCarthy — An excerpt taken from Pioteer Gigan Trilorgh’s Anthropology on Extinct Pathologies Two Anecdotes On the Fragility of the Human Mind In the 24th century, a human biotech engineer designated Angeline Mateo was heralded by the Earth…

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The Girl Who Fell Up from the Earth

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer The ancient evil that lives and breathes and seethes beneath my grandmother’s house has nothing to do with Hell. This rotting husk is not the place that villains go when they die. It is not some construct tasked with offering context…

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Ever Near

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer Rex Christus, I ache this morning. Forgive the profanity, Lord, but it feels like my bones loosened themselves in their joints overnight. There’s a harsh light on the streets, as if Heaven is searching the dimmest corners of its mighty…

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Rush Hour

Author: David Updike A shadow slid along the crowded sidewalk, and we instinctively stepped aside and opened a path for it to pass. Looking up, we saw that it was a Mini, the kind they dispatched for someone who wasn’t going to mount much of a fight. A sleek, white…

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The Comet Problem

Author: Glenn Leung The wail of sirens grew louder as I ran towards the control room. We had drilled for this at least a hundred times in the past year, and I had hoped this was yet another drill. The image on the Heads-Up Display said otherwise. ‘Comet inbound for…

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The Woman Upstairs

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer Her name was Ruth, I think, or something like that. We didn’t talk much. I used to help her when she came home from the library with her cart full of books; she liked physics, and biology, and quantum entanglement. Heady stuff, way…

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Trick or Treat

Author: Ken Carlson Maxx was puttering away with various adhesives and synthetics in the attic of his government-issued pod, one of the perks of being among the few humans on the Gliese 163 c mining colony. Encased in a series of domes and tubes, the inhabitants lived…

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Whipping Girl

Author: R. J. Erbacher Power reigns supreme. “Come, Bia. Your Master summons you.” The man who came to get her was a slob, big-bellied and slovenly. His mouth drooled as he barked his order and stared at her. She dressed in a simple sparse tunic, her feet were bare,…

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