Author Archives: Peter

That’s a Strange Noise

Lily was cruising along at a comfortable, almost-legal five miles above the limit when a small smile grew on her face. “Huh, that’s a strange noise” must be the worst thing to say to yourself while driving, she thought. She … Continue reading

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Bold, Red Letters

KEEP OUT said the bold, red letters on the green door. Sam felt it made clear that the door was worth getting into. He didn’t read instruction manuals, either. A moment with his tools and the door let him in. … Continue reading

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Miriam and Heather

Miriam and Heather grew up in the same neighborhood, on opposite sides of a street that was only just too busy to be easy to cross. That street came to represent their relationship: a minor schism that was always too … Continue reading

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Danger of Further Sleep

Manny looked blearily at his alarm clock. He wondered if he’d just hit snooze or off, then wondered if he’d wake up again even if it blared more shitty 80s music. “God,” he croaked, “I wish I could sleep longer.” … Continue reading

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A Private Experiment of Dubious Taste

The door swished open as M826-878G-EDZO approached. It knew through the network that M826-502N-POLK wanted to share something over short-range transmission, and the door opening on detecting EDZO corroborated that. POLK was waiting, and the two robots exchanged warm feelings … Continue reading

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Oak and the Duchess’s Son

This is the story of how Oak grew so tall and strong. When the world was still young, Oak was a smaller, more slender tree. A handsome lad camped one night under Oak, and the two fell in love. Oak … Continue reading

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Her Frustrated Cry

The baby monitor crackled and hissed for a moment before the toddler’s cry woke them. “It’s your turn,” said Becky, and she rolled away from the noise. “It’s always my turn at three ay em.” Eric sat up and scrunched … Continue reading

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Her Phone’s Voice

“Wake up, Harmony.” Her phone’s voice was cool, collected, and female, just as Harmony had set it. She checked the screen. “Hey, why’s it twelve minutes before my alarm?” “Sleep patterns indicate you’ll need more time this morning. Get up, … Continue reading

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They’ll Never Sell

“They’ll never sell,” I said. “What do you mean? They’re genius. Everyone will want one.” She followed me out onto the sidewalk, holding her invention in the small box in her hand. “You’re half right. They’re earplugs.” “Right! Genius earplugs. … Continue reading

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A Pod Full of Robots

“Why do we do this?” Qblhbrp squorpped a contact with its tentacle, launching a full pod of world-conquering robots down to the planet below. “Do what?” Sskqhht adjusted their trajectories to make sure they all arrived. A full complement of … Continue reading

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