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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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The Last to Know

Marion turned slowly, hands in the air. The handgun Jack pointed at her was large, chromed, and gaudy, but even an ugly gun can kill. “You can’t know that I’m the last person who knows about you.” She kept her … Continue reading

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To Mean Freedom

Marion wheeled the last barrow-load of books, tapes, and other media into the shack. “Here you go,” she said. Jack sat on a wobbly chair nearby and stared. When he spoke he sounded haggard, though his face remained boyish and … Continue reading

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Through the Fevered Fog

His head felt under pressure, like he was deep underwater without a suit. No, like he was surrounded by balloons, which kept expanding into his space. His face tingled, felt pulled taut, stretched over his expanding skull. It was so … Continue reading

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Woman Pokes Holes in This Muffin Pan—When She Flips It Over, Her Brilliant Plan Is Revealed

Okay, so I flip the muffin tin over—it’s just an ordinary muffin tin, see?—and I flip it over like this. You watching?” The shadowed figure in the corner of the kitchen nodded, a minute incline of the head. Marie hesitated, … Continue reading

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What Would You Do?

“What would you do,” Nicky asked her girlfriend, “if you could travel through time and space any way you wanted?” They sat together on the bus ride home, legs entangled and idly chatting. “Any way I wanted?” Cat pursed her … Continue reading

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Circle, Circle, Dot, Dot

“Circle, circle, dot, dot, now you have your cootie shot.” Susie finished the incantation and Zula rolled down her sleeve. She felt her arm where Susie had traced the symbol with her finger. “So, how does this work, anyway?” Susie … Continue reading

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A Golden Age of Freedom

“Is everything in position?” Battalion Commander Hazard asked the second in command. “Yes, Commander. We have our people standing ready in every level of the nation’s applied government. We are prepared to go active on your order.” Hazard turned and … Continue reading

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The Invisible Avenger

Invisible, Harry followed the gangsters into the warehouse, slipping through the door between two of them. He was so close between Tony Two-Toes and Stanley the Gooch he could feel their body heat. He held his breath until he could … Continue reading

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Worth the Trouble

Once the last person turned the corner, Alan whispered, “Now.” He parked his borrowed janitorial cart by the door as Janice pulled her kit out from under a thin layer of concealing garbage. In a moment, she had the keypad … Continue reading

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