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Science Fiction

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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Place Your Bets

Goddamn, it was hot. Even in the shade, I was dripping with sweat, my mouth so dry it felt like I’d spent the last hour eating sand. However, some clients are so big you don’t hesitate. They want a face-to-face, you give them a face-to-face. You don’t even think about asking them to stop by […]

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Nobody Puts Baby in a Chamber

Please stop screaming. [110dB—adult human is distraught.] I am sorry. I did not intend to suck up your baby. [Physical force—nonlethal, safety protocols prohibit self-defense.] I assure you your offspring is just fine. It appears to be entertained by the dust ‘bunnies’ in my holding tank. Oh—please stop screaming—it has found those plastic keys I […]

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Canada Girl vs. The Thing Inside Pluto

The Thing Inside Pluto was displeased. So was Aimee. Its roiling muscle-goo made her queasy, and she’d dressed for pilates, not for two bland government spooks kidnapping her to negotiate with an alien. She lit a cigarette to block the ozone smell. <YOU ARE NOT CANADA GIRL> The Thing’s voice reverberated inside her skull. Though […]

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