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StarHub Bio #331: Mister Sir

Mister Sir began life as MR-SUR, or medical robot, surgery. Its mission was to preserve human life through application of its medical knowledge and skills. This directive made MR-SUR’s experience during the great dieoff particularly painful. Despite its best efforts, … Continue reading

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INF Team One

“So,” INF-3 said over the suit radio, “I’ve been reading this book—” “Another one?” said INF-5, and several others laughed. “Yes, another. I’d tell you what number, except you probably can’t count that high.” Chuckles carried over the radio at … Continue reading

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The Defence Ministry’s Solution

“Okay, Doctor Langhorn, tell the defence minister what you told me.” Colonel Heathcliff leaned back in his chair and cross his arms. “Yes, well.” Langhorn arranged his notes. “Thanks to the Defence Ministry’s grants,” he nodded acknowledgement to the minister, … Continue reading

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Designated Observer Krnthp

“Remember,” Grnthk brained, “in an emergency, you can pull the eject cord.” Krnthp brained back assent. The aliens had done their research. Their observation suit mimicked the most common human form, determined through study of their picture waves. Designated as … Continue reading

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Broadening Certain Life Experiences

“Really?” Nome said. “So now you’re just sticking an egg beater into the space-time continuum and scrambling it?” “No!” Arkady flipped her long blond hair back and pulled on her goggles. “No, no, no, kind of, yeah, probably.” She moved … Continue reading

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What’s the Hold Up?

“Hey, what’s the hold up?” Ron opened the wing-door of his one-seater and stood, raising his voice to get through to the portal technician. He was first in line to pass through to Mars City, and had been for almost … Continue reading

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That Damn Itch

That damn itch was back. She scratched the back of her neck for a moment’s release, then the itch came right back, worse than before. She tried to ignore it, to focus on the layout work she needed to finish. … Continue reading

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Spoiler: It’s Called Morok

Following signals of advanced civilization, Explorer-Captain Helen Farnsworth made humanity’s first landfall on the planet designated V7234 CCY03-2. She hoped she’d soon learn its native name for the atlases. Landing near the largest city, she debarked into a welcoming throng … Continue reading

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Hey, Smell That

Hey, look over there. I can’t look over there, Al, I’m watching the crosswalk signal. Just a glance. Please? It’s really pretty over there. If you’ve seen it, why not just use your memory? The angle’s different. Okay, fine! How’s … Continue reading

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With Its Tall Grass

Even now, the field with its tall grass is my favorite place to be. I slip off my shoes and walk barefoot, feeling the soil beneath my feet, spreading my arms to let the tips of the grass tickle my … Continue reading

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