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Science Fiction

Sine, cosine.

Upsurge and backwash. I am listening, listening very intently to the rush and ebb of the waves on the shore, to the sound wafting in through the open window, listening and waiting for you and trying not to think. Upsurge, back- ‘Hello,’ says the nurse. She glances at the open window, and then, not bothering […]

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A Lady of Ganymede, a Sparrow of Io

The Lady waits for the Duke in a body as fragile as sugar glass, resting her head against the cool marble of the colonnade that circles the Hall of the Nobles of Io. She watches the sparrows as they flirt and twitter between the shade and the sun, like socialites at a debutante ball or […]

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Gator and the Big Buzz

I sat groovin’ in the last shreds of The Big Easy’s Armstrong Park, blowing my sax, using the Big Buzz to keep perfect time. That’s the one advantage of the buzz, keeping time to the microsecond if you’re willing to jive to multiples of 37.19 beats a minute. If you weren’t, well, tough shit. Think spittin’ in […]

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Safebuoys

For 247 sleep cycles, the safebuoy has been drifting. The only window is a round, pillow-shaped patch of transparent steel. Loocha tells her son, Corvey, there’s nothing to see, and he believes her. Until the giant ice cream cone appears. From his sleep-sack, Corvey points and asks, “What’s that?” Since the evacuation of the Oort […]

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Cold Comfort

Hello, and welcome to LifeVault, the world’s only remaining digital preservation site. Now, you can access your documents and photos from anywhere without fear of identity theft or summoning the Stained Ear. Our patent-pending Nostalgorithms are tailored to recognize only you and your loved ones, keeping your treasured memories safe even from Echoes!   >Please […]

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The Truffles of Mars

“We cannot make an omelet without mushrooms,” said Anton Antov. Down in the bazaar, there were locally grown staples, stacked alongside pricey imports. Eggs were plentiful, there being no shortage of chickens on Mars. Herbs, of two dozen varieties, grown in a little greenhouse on the other side of the atmospheric plant. Tiny, shrink-wrapped, fearfully […]

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Across the Hard-Packed Sand

Kelly, the dispatcher, sent the call my way, but Nick caught it too, so my squad car arrived at the empty beach parking lot seconds after his. By the time I’d grabbed a shovel from my car trunk, he was racing down the bank, skidding in the oyster-shell scree. At five hundred dollars a pair, […]

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Words I’ve Redefined Since Your Dinosaurs Invaded My Lunar Lair

Terror I always thought The Paleontologist was a goofy superhero concept. Your obsession with fossils. That silly tool belt… What were you going to do, brush dust off me? Stab me with your tiny shovel? But you’ve really upped your game. When those velociraptors bounded off your ship, screeching like deranged kangaroos, I was so […]

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Beholder

From the editors: When I’m approached by writers new to the craft or readers looking for an example of well-written flash fiction, time and again, “Beholder” by Sarah Grey is the story I recommend. There are no world-ending catastrophes or serial killers lurking beneath the stairs. But some stories don’t need to jump up and […]

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“–Good.”

He says, “But I’m dying,” like it’s the answer to everything, like he thinks I’ll disagree. He says it like I’ve forgotten, but how could I forget sitting in that paper-strewn office a week ago, watching dust layer up with sunbeams while a doctor dressed in immaculate professionalism emphasised the words six months to live? […]

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