The Einstein-Newton Gap

Author: David K Scholes Through the Unified Mind I perceived the vastness of this Einstein-Newton Gap. One of the tracts of interstellar space where neither true teleportation nor even hyperspace travel were possible. You just had to crawl across these “gaps” at just…

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The Fifth Horseman

Author: Mina Karo-Pik landed the one-man shuttle in a clearing, high in the mountain chain that crossed the largest continent on Kymera but below the tree line. He exited the craft as the sun rose, casting an orange glow to his golden eyes. Eyes that could spot a…

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Rhonda and Roger

Author: David Henson “Roger, I know you like vegetable soup, but I can’t stand that slurping,” Rhonda says. “Aw, let me enjoy my lunch. You do things that bother me, too.” Rhonda clicks her tongue. “Things like that. So …” Roger exaggerates a slurp. “Have it your…

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And, In the Death

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer | After the old nations fell, the survivors formed tribes. They argued, fought, and reformed into smaller tribes, always defined by ever-shrinking differences and increased fanaticism. When a tribe reached stability, it promptly set off…

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Lack of Trust

Author: Elizabeth Hoyle “Come on, Calla! The meteor is almost here! We need to get to the shelter!” I thought my door would last at least five more minutes of Paul’s battering. He grabs my arm, attempts to wrench me away from my telescope. I push him away. I keep my…

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Strange Objects

Author: William Torphy “You’re messing with nature.” Dean’s tone is vehement. His green eyes flash. “Haven’t we done enough of that already?” “Of course I’m messing with nature,” she replies. “Nature is screwed. Only intelligent interference can rescue it.” “Someday,…

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Charday’s Save Point

Author: Thomas Andrew Fitzgerald McCarthy Charday Dee Williams’ entire body froze in mid-step on the sidewalk at the intersection. That thing happened which she’d heard stories about all of her life. All thirty-five of her years had begun to flash before her eyes….

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Cruel Paradigm

Author: Noah Viti The twins sat before the checkered board as they always did: Ide was on the right, and Ire on the left. The chamber they played in was silent, but there was a black glass panel adjacent, and they knew that the others were watching. Neither of the…

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Last Minute Code Push

Author: Katlina Sommerberg Joe has until the automatic build at 12:05 am sharp to submit his feature. It’s a stupid button that does in one click what used to take five, and the UX designers loved it in his presentation last month. It hadn’t been done before because…

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Curiosity

Author: Samuel Stapleton “What do you think it is?” I asked as Clarence stared at the dataset I had collected. By accident. He was stumped, so I went to get Sean to see if she could help. “I promise it’s worth your time,” I said as I walked into her office. “If you…

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The Charge of the Iron Brigade

Author: Jae Miles, Staff Writer We raise our fists and give a round of hearty ‘hurrahs’ for our intrepid leader. He waves from the engine deck of his Chieftain before clambering up into the turret and taking command position at the top hatch. He brings a loud hailer…

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Sacred

Author: Mina There was a pause in the trial being held in the starship court Serendipity just before the cross-examination began. If the wall behind the Alpha Nebula circuit judge’s chair had not been filled with stars, the room could have been anywhere. Only the…

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The Trans-Universal Remotes

Author: Joshua Fagan Universe 277A: After a decade spent wandering Andromeda, General Louis Patterson arrived at the conclusion that his dream of ruling an entire galaxy was nothing but a cheap fantasy, something out of the discount paperbacks he’d read as a child….

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The Reflection Nebula

Author: Bill Gillard Vic bellied up to the counter at Plaskett’s Diner and ordered a donut and coffee, black. He smiled, waited for the waitress with the glistening bald head—to each her own—to respond with a smile at his joke, but she dropped the menu in front of him…

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Gift

Author: Ken Poyner I do not know what I want to be today. The people who serendipitously gave me the ability to wrap ambient electromagnetism around my DNA and in seconds remake my body thought I would have a natural state, some pleasant default configuration that I…

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Alternate Self

Author: Arun Bahari It has been four months since Mary came from her reality to this reality. The migration between alternate realities was legalized last year. There are two laws for migration. First, your alternate version should be dead, and second, you can not go…

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Shielded

Author: David Henson I extend my personal force shield to encompass the cart when I get inside the grocery store. Heading for the bread aisle, I push a little too close to a woman. Our shields glow slightly when they graze, and we squeeze past each other like two…

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The Great Red Spot Freestyle Championships

Author: Michael Anthony Dioguardi Chris dipped down on a spiraling vortex and examined the jet stream beneath him. He crept in on his board and inspected the area—as if searching for something. “And we’re back at the 113th annual Great Red Spot Freestyle…

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