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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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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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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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A Pointless Field of Stars

Damn, space is boring. Howe floated in her single-pilot capsule, weightless because the company was too damn cheap to permit thrust for the comfort of gravity. She stared out the window, and a pointless field of stars stared back. Nothing … Continue reading

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This Is Not Normal

“This is not normal,” she said. I looked at her, tilted my head in response to the lilt in her voice and asked, “What?” “This thing we do,” she said. “Normal people don’t do this.” Her lithe body silhouetted against … Continue reading

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This Can’t Be Boring

“Another big zero.” Philamena punched a few keys in the console and looked out the cockpit window. It wasn’t glass but some kind of steel-hard polylaminate. Some techie had called it transparent aluminum and snorted out his Coke. “You sound … Continue reading

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Network Connection Eleven

“If the second half was as bad as the first,” Jane was saying as Marley opened the door. A series of thumps and a small snap interrupted. “What was that?” She tapped her phone and light filled the home. Everything … Continue reading

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He Cuts Up Some Plastic and Puts It On His Phone. What Happens Next Is Breathtaking.

Andrew flexed the last piece of clear plastic between his fingers. “Just watch,” he said. “This is gonna blow your socks off.” His small audience — Professor Carrigan and her two other post-docs — looked on, eyes creased with skepticism. … Continue reading

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You Cannot Own Them

“Which is my ‘best side?’ That is what you call it, correct?” The translator never took his eyes off the alien potentate, seven feet tall and a mass of blue tentacles. Sweat shone on the translator’s face as another alien, … Continue reading

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Since the End

Each year, the Mentists sent a war party to the Prates, to force them not to darken the sky and take away the Bright altogether. The Bright was all that gave them light, shining dim through the clouds. Each year, … Continue reading

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