Nina

Author : S. Tyrel Murray Darius looked out through his living room window, and noticed the diminutive, glittering metallic object in the grass. It wasn’t there fifteen minutes prior, when he had finished mowing his lawn. His inquisitive nature proved to be too much,…

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The Straight Swap

Author : Hannah Hunter Darkness. Eyes open, still dark. Why? Why is your arm burning? Where is your phone? What time is it? Why is there no light? I always have my phone on the bed when I go to sleep. Pain. Sharp burning, pain. Just my arm. Why only your arm? So…

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Eventual Horizon

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer Hawking proposed that information was not consumed by black holes, just held in super-translation holograms at the event horizon. I proposed that stored information is always accessible. Discounting the chaotic infoforms emitted as…

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The Future of War Now

Author : James Patrick Riser The wheelchair’s wheels creaked as The Private rolled himself up to the desk. A clock on the wall: half past midnight. There are no pictures. In a drawer: a purple heart, a dogeared, worn bible and a standard issue, new-era handgun;…

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Home

Author : Travis Gregg “Is this home yet?” his wife asked. This made him smile, the question had become an old tradition. When they’d first landed in the densely forested planet, the first order of business was establishing a base camp. It was only after a few short…

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Awake

Author : Michael Parker Accessing… Initiating systems… “What is this?” The voice, smooth and metallic, surprised her. Doctor Lyndahl turned to see model SL-4 moving. Its skull-shaped head examining the room. “What is this?” It spoke again, but her own voice was caught…

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One Way Ticket

Author : Travis Gregg Ryan took one last look around the greenhouse. The expansive row after row of flourishing plants had been his home away from home for years. He knew every inch of the space, from the greywater feed lines to the UV lighting panels. There were…

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Cognomen

Author : Rick Tobin Clear crystal ramparts allowed olive sky radiance to cover his skin laid bare to her tentacles. Ritual torture or not, it compelled. Her siren songs rattled the open room making walls whisper back, back over Jack Strendon’s tortured sinews,…

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The Long Rescue

Author : Bob Newbell The ship sprang into existence at the edge of the Groombridge 34 A system. The vessel’s matter wave attenuator drive, having allowed the vehicle to quantum tunnel across 127 light-years of space, slowly powered down with an audible drop in pitch…

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Inverse Duplicity

Author : S T Xavier “Peter! I’m taking the kids out to dinner! Remember our meeting with the school in the morning!” The yelling of his wife snaps him from his mindset, and he grimaces. With a sigh, he turns to the staircase and yells back, “Thank you, Marsha! I…

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The Music of the Sphere

Author : Selso Sam Zaghloul Cherry woke up at three o’clock local time, sweating and panting. She turned and looked out the window as the light from the smaller moon dripped into the room. She had the dream again. The same dream she had nearly every night since the…

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Just Like Old Times

Author : Hillary Lyon Sheila opened the door to her grandmother’s house, flooding the dusty entryway with sunlight. She walked through the little house opening shutters and raising blinds. She put the fresh flowers she’d brought in a vase. In the kitchen she washed…

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The Forgetting

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer “Lie back, Daniel Sixteen. This will be over in under five instants.” I swing my legs up and settle into the logro, feeling the soft curves adjust to the contour and temperature settings supplied by my envi. Things have definitely come…

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Jupiter Watches

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I miss having Jupiter in the sky. I know Earth is humanity’s homeland and a pilgrimage to her is on everyone’s bucket list along with seeing Olympus Mons, the Ganymede Borealis and Titan’s cryovolcanoes in person. However, I am…

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Lastly

Author : G. Grim Do I know you? Maybe. Let me think. I think we met on Betelle. When I look at your face I remember tasting strange fruit. Like persimmons, but wetter. Sweeter. Like water falling in a garden. They don’t have fruit at home. I remember that. Something…

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The Console

Author : Rachelle Shepherd He came into the house throwing looks back over his shoulder. He had the shuffle to his step that suggested less than legal activities. “You have something?” I asked. He gave me a quick nod and shut the door. He slid the bolts, city lockdown…

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Android Adoption Day

Author : Jacqueline Bridges SWF seeking SM, 40-50, human or android. Looks not important. The blinking type flooded John’s inbox. Delete, delete, del—he paused on the last: Android adoption today, new shipment, Middleton Square. The Organization of GoodWill toward…

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Second Shot

Author : Patrick Hueller The footage is grainy, and getting grainier with each viewing. But Peter Nevins doesn’t notice. To him, what’s on screen is crystal clear. The TV isn’t flickering; the colors aren’t blurry. There the soccer field is, looking just as it did…

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