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Flying Sparks (MH Questus)

Posted: 28 September, 2016 at 3:24 pm   /   Fiction

Tweet Father taught me many things: how to fly, how to calculate velocities of approaching projectiles and which thrusters to fire in which sequence to maximize thrust and maneuverability without crushing all of my crew into paste. He taught me at what distances energy beams will slice through the alien warships and at what distance […]

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A Light in the Dark (Xoe Juliani)

Posted: 2 July, 2016 at 4:52 pm   /   Fiction

Tweet The translators are offline again. There’s something almost funny about watching a room full of various alien species all suddenly become incapable of communicating with each other, but Mirja Katan isn’t laughing. Her bar is known for its translators. That’s what makes it such a popular spot. If they don’t work, there goes her […]

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Origin Stories (Sara Kate Ellis)

Posted: 19 December, 2015 at 4:17 pm   /   Fiction

Tweet “Your Dad shot you into orbit?” asks Invisia. “Like, alone?” “He went off his meds,” I say. “Thought the planet would explode and all that.” “That’s so sad!” Invisia pats my hand and I feel appropriately tragic, noble even, until Epiphany with her perpetually befuddled expression, opens her mouth. “Just orbit?” “Yeah,” I say. […]

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Topography of Meringue (Laurie N Meynig)

Posted: 19 December, 2015 at 4:15 pm   /   Fiction

Tweet “I do not understand it.” “Kissing?” The muscles of her face pull to the sides. She is smiling at me. She is amused by me. “Yes. The pushing of lips together and the touching of tongues. I do not understand it.” Her voice goes up and down—the poetic subroutines I have programmed for myself […]

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Dolls (TJ Land)

Posted: 29 September, 2015 at 2:29 pm   /   Fiction

Tweet The only time Günther found his human body anything other than inefficient, riddled with redundancies, generally defective, and intensely ugly was when it was immersed in hot water. Which was peculiar, because one of the things he’d least enjoyed since returning to the satellite and to the wonders of being organic was how damp […]

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Old School Sensibilities (Christina Tang-Bernas)

Posted: 30 June, 2015 at 1:47 pm   /   Fiction

Tweet Like almost every kid these days, Carrie had her first brain stem port, or beesp, installed at the base of her neck on her twelfth birthday. A simple outpatient procedure paid for by her proud parents. Carrie had chosen a pale-blue finish for the port opening, the color of the skies in the early […]

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Dear George, Love Margaret (Amanda C Davis)

Posted: 31 March, 2015 at 3:22 pm   /   Fiction

Tweet My Dearest George: Only an hour ago I watched your train pull away from the station, and already I am compelled to send my words of love. How will I tolerate these long years without you? Already I miss your voice, your comforting presence. I will bear up. But, my love, I will count […]

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Touch (Sage Collins)

Posted: 31 December, 2014 at 3:17 pm   /   Fiction

Tweet DL recorded every word Kristie said into his memory banks without really listening to her. His enhancements would process the information in the background while he slept in this chair, having given Kristie the single bed in the cheap motel room they occupied. He would examine her words for any useful pieces of information […]

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Gel (Embe Charpentier)

Posted: 31 December, 2014 at 3:17 pm   /   Fiction

Tweet The ten-centimeter square clock reads 000 and blinks to the rhythm of the chime. I touch my own flesh again for the first time in thirty days. Fascinated by the way the gel has changed me, determined to preserve every drop of it, I depress two buttons within my capsule. One opens the lid; […]

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LoveLab Podcast—Interplanetary Edition (Tara Campbell)

Posted: 15 May, 2014 at 3:10 pm   /   Fiction

Tweet This week on LoveLab: A fleen-playing scientist from Zink looks for love on Earth. An advertising professional from Ohio expands her dating horizons. Will their First Contact lead to a Space Odyssey or a crash landing? We gave Tanya and Neil a LoveLab date budget and sent them out on the town to find […]

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Liberating Clemency (Emmeline Lock)

Posted: 15 May, 2014 at 3:08 pm   /   Fiction

Tweet Immersed as I was in my last-minute check of the underground tunnel blueprint of Dulaheim, I didn’t hear the airlock of my flightcraft’s pedestrian entry hatch hiss. In fact, I was oblivious that someone unauthorized had entered my little ship until I felt the cold press of a weapon at my neck. Careless of […]

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