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Science Fiction

The Stars that Fall

  When Sara asks me if I wanted to go doom-spotting, I say yes. Of course I say yes. The Edge Lookout is dark and rocky and romantic, and I usually say yes to anything Sara suggests. And I’ve been addicted to doom-hunting ever since I was nine and got my first telescope. “Why do […]

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Oven range in darkness

Product Recall

ALERT — hummus expired — salad no longer crisp I feel a brush, light as a feather against me. There for a second, then gone.   ALERT — tzatziki to be consumed within forty-eight hours It’s there again tonight. I’m in sleep mode, but it rouses me. A low, gentle hum and then, all too […]

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Hinterlight Abbey

  hinterlight, n. 1. The area surrounding the flight vector of a faster-than-light spaceship. Also applied generally to visible emissions from a generation ship in space. * * * The abbot pinged my cell a mere two hours into my sleep shift, leaving me cranky even before I heard his message. Sister Ursula required my […]

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Molten Heart

They didn’t want me to look human, so they didn’t give me eyes. They thought if they shaped me like a monster — a hulking ton of red Mars clay, mute and blind — that she wouldn’t love me. They were wrong. * * * The first time I held her, she changed something inside […]

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Quartet of the Far-Blown Winds

Silence is the great divider. Perhaps that is why Melinda wields it so effectively against me. In the silence of space, solar winds flash green, pink and yellow across the gas giant before me, the aurorae twisting like sea worms. Folded nebulae of colour and gravity stretch across the darkness behind it, unimaginable arms of […]

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Project Earth is Leaving Beta

Dear Backers, The beta test of Project Earth is finally over. We can’t thank you enough for your patience and generosity during our crowdfunding period. But before we roll out Earth 1.0, there’re a few things you should know. First the bad news: this update comes with a server wipe. We know you’ve poured time […]

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Jericho

The seawall of New-Galveston glistened shell-white in the years before you were born. I paddled over to pick your daddy up from work, pressed my palm to the warm concrete, and waved at the top-men. They worked the blinkie-lighted antennas and got to look down inside the fifteen square miles of the Richie-rich and tourists […]

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The Time Cookie Wars

Ten hours smiling at potential donors to the Temporal Branching Lab, and two more tour groups to go, but my snack stash held only a box of crumbs, without even a fleck of chocolate. The other graduate students had left some milk and a few wrinkled apples in the break room fridge, but stealing those […]

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Mamihlapinatapei

On Navarino Island off the coast of Chile, Marta mops outside the tyrannosaurus habitat as the tourists press in to see the dinosaurs. They come with their reluctant children in tow. They weave their fingers through chicken-wire fences and gaze down into open pits while the kids tug at their legs and demand ice cream. […]

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