One Man’s Trash …

Author : Edward D. Thompson (edacious) It’s just like hunting, Marcus thought, as he scanned the past at double speed. Know where the good spots are, know how to watch and wait, and mostly, it was just dumb luck. He let himself go, drifting up the current of the past,…

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Nothing But Time

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Edison wasn’t immediately aware that anything serious had happened. The room he was in, a specially lined, sealed containment bunker in a facility designed for these kinds of tests, was devoid of any feature that would change…

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Gathering

Author : Rick Tobin “Get down!” Carol yanked private Pennington to the ground below low walls of disintegrating bricks. Enemy snipers pinned them. “Sorry Captain. Just wanted a look.” Pennington stared at his commander. The ship’s cook was learning the game. An alien…

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A Rose by Any Other Name…

Author : Arthur Carey Sacagawea stepped off the damaged recharging grid. Battery life registered in the “failure imminent” range. Within hours, the robot would become an immobile piece of junk in a deserted space station pummeled by raging solar winds and debris. The…

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Witnesses

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer We don’t have the technology to make the instruments to understand what they do, let alone resist. Every eleven months or so, grey column descends from space and encloses a city. Twelve hours later it lifts. The population is dissolved…

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Foot Soldiers in The Zone

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Aimee propped herself up against a transformer just outside the halo of the lone streetlight. A kilometer up the road in each direction, red and blue lights pulsed, parked cruisers discouraging vehicle traffic into this part of the…

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New Horizons

Author : Hasen Hull “Rise and shine, sleepyhead.” He groans, as if forced to life. “It’s eleven and we’ve got things to do. Come on. Get up.” “Ten more minutes, baby, alright?” I smile. “Five, and that’s my final offer.” There were protests at first. Human rights…

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Employee of the Month

Author : Travis Gregg The two men sat in silence across from each other in their usual booth at the diner. Thomas was brooding, clearly upset about something and Stan had known him long enough to just let him stew. The two men had been friends since college and still…

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Conduit

Author : Matthew Prosperi The glowing keys of the command console reflected lazily off of my “Best Team Player!” mug that sat dangerously close to the expensive equipment in front of me. I considered knocking the mug over longer than usual before glancing outside my…

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Science Fair

Author : Mark Thomas The teacher flexed the piece of moulded plastic. “I used our 3D printer to make it,” the girl said. Her heels were placed tightly together and she wobbled her hips back and forth nervously. She was new to the school and always tried so hard to…

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Entwined

Author : Rick Tobin “O holy night, the stars are brightly shining…” She choked off her singing of the next phrase, unable to overcome phlegm from fearful regret as Marcus lay still next to her in the dark, cramped ejection pod. Oxygen recycler packs heated smooth…

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Airlord

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer “My mum said that wouldn’t fly.” She stands there, looking up at me, hands behind her back, daisy-print summer dress blowing in the hot breeze. “Why did she say that, little lady?” Her eyes widen, then she smiles: “Because you’re a…

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Like Father like Son

Author : Michael Mieher “That was great sweetheart. Now get out.”, he punctuated his request with a slap on her slightly larger than shapely bottom. She hadn’t been the prettiest girl on the beach, but then he wasn’t the handsomest, or best surfer either. Mark had…

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The Black Death

Author : Philip Berry London, 1348. Tantlas turned away from the rough-hewn window and its view of the wooden spire of old St Paul’s Cathedral. His three children slept. It was a very warm evening, mid-August, and the sheen of sweat on their exposed arms caught the…

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Sojourn

Author : Kristin Kirby As she trudged across the rocky sand, shivering, she stared at the one dim star in the sky and wondered how the inhabitants of this soggy planet could see anything. Her gasps were harsh and wet. She was breathing water.> Lost, drowning, she knew…

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Language Lesson

Author : Karin Terebessy This is German language lesson number twelve. Let’s review. I will ask if you understand. Verstehen Sie? If you understand, how would you answer? “Ich verstehe.” Very good. Let’s continue. Pretend you see a woman across the park and you want…

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Zen and the Art of Evolution

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Aphys was lonely. When she’d been commissioned, the hospital was alive, bustling, a constant influx and exodus of those needing medical care, and she was so very equipped to help. A fully autonomous physician’s aide, from admissions…

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Matured

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer Cheese: the catalyst for the end of the world? I worked for the Temporal Institute, investigating anomalies caused by our limited access to time travel. Now, everyone knows that time travel is proscribed by the Shibe, the mysterious…

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