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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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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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