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Poetry
Roxanne Barbour

Blackened Rocks

Blackened Rocks peculiarrogue lighteningsears Earth’s surfaceblackened rocksspeak A sci(na)ku tanka, of the form: 1 word2 words3 words2 words1 word Written by Roxanne Barbour. Previously published

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Luis Garcia

“We need to talk.”

“About?” He had absolutely no idea what was happening, but he figured that as long as it was happening and there was nothing he could

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Alexander Marais

Seer

“Hailey, let me see it!” The young boy running towards his sister wasn’t the same child only twenty-four hours earlier, in the eyes of his

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The Silent Army

The mighty entity Oxakrismaron was returning to his home galaxy through the depths of inter-galactic space. His immense figure flashed through the void at inconceivable

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Outpatient

It was definitely a migraine. The agony clamped down on both temples, and the light from behind the curtain shot daggers through my eyelids. I

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3D printing
Vaughan Stanger

In Every Dreamhome

Three months have passed since Janice left me. Now she sits on one of the living room’s pair of Art Deco sofas, her knees pressed

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AI
David Harper

The Good Kid

Carter’s eyes tracked the arti as it lumbered through the passenger cabin. It swiped an AirStellar ID over a wall-mounted scanner and walked through a

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astronomy
Isaac Kaaren

The Sunshield’s Heat

The great wall in the sky After a time I knew better than to wear my uniform on the train. Somehow the protestors and demonstrators

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D.C. Briley

The Ballad of Timothy Jones

“Tim Jones was by no means an extraordinary man. Nothing he ever did mattered to the rest of the world. In fact, history will little

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robots
Ivan Skilling

The Fourth Menace

The air was still. Not a lick of wind moved the thin, leafless branches. Crouched down among the cover of a clump of trees, I

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a dying peace
Gabriel Howarth

A Dying Peace: Chapter 10

Chalice’s lukewarm air buffeted the flyer’s side portal as the vehicle soared over the Needle City’s busiest boulevard. Some called it The Boulevard, realistically it

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Matthew Goldberg

Gone Like the Bison

Sam’s fingers went double-time on the keyboard. Lines of multicolored sentences popped into existence—bits of code—arranged in just the right way to build wonders. On

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Duel
Gabriel Howarth

Blood Moon

Black and white, light, and dark. The border between the eyewatering brilliance of the sunlit regolith and the dense black of the vacuum of space

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a dying peace
Gabriel Howarth

A Dying Peace: Chapter 7

“When the universe is so big, when there are so many people, so many lives, so many worlds, so many intentions, so many thoughts, and

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a dying peace
Gabriel Howarth

A Dying Peace: Chapter 8

What did you do when it seems that the whole universe has turned its broad starry back on you? What did you do when it

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Contemporary Fiction Contest
Samantha Lazar

One Percent

“E​veryone meets online these days,” Melanie said. “I know, but this seems way more complicated than using Match or OK Cupid.” Lauren sipped her coffee

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Chris Fox

The Horrors of Time Travel.

We’re heading into a new, utopian age of progressive enlightenment, or so the media said constantly. I called bullshit because I’d spent my life watching

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exploitation
Tim McDaniel

Labor Costs

 Moll Forey pushed back the strand of hair that kept falling into her eyes, smearing the sweat along her cheek. Better to just cut it,

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April Kelly

A World Apart, Part One

She ran. What else could she do? Though her lungs burned for more oxygen, she ran. Bare feet stumbling over exposed roots, she ran. Branches

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Bee-free

The Earth is far from the way it used to be after a fire caused by rising temperatures turned most of the land untillable. Year

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aliens
William Mangieri

Quiet!

Visitors! Again! Where? There! Why? When? Now! Why? They have returned! Six times now. On the loud side of our world. Why there? Why do

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time travel
Tim McDaniel

Everyone’s a Critic

 Melton Welch rubbed his eyes. After an all night session at the computer, his eyes itched and his hands were cramping. He thought there might

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action
Tori V. Rainn

The Filthy Human

Earth, 2140 I gave the hologram picture of my father reflected inside my goggles a sympathetic grin. Sorry, Dad. To think this nerd was supposed

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haiku
Roxanne Barbour

Autistic(a reverse sci(na)ku tanka)

Autistic aliens confuse negotiationstreaties discussedautisticmember interruptssmiles welcome understanding This is a reverse sci(na)ku tanka, of the form: 3 words2 words1 word2 words3 words Written by

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Tiled Corridor, Underground

Wait. Don’t go. That’s good. Do you hear me clearly? I suppose you can hear me wherever you are. This communication, it’s not sounds. But

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Alderson disk
Tais Teng

The Groove-runner’s Wife

Cavendori had been traveling for three hundred and fifty-nine years when he reached the shore of the Mirinjii Ocean. During his voyage, he had covered

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cowboy
Gabriel Howarth

A Dying Peace: Chapter 3

Chapter 3: The classroom was bright, filled with second-hand afternoon sun which illuminated the gaggle of small desks inside. Outside, The Boulevarde was busy with

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A Southorn

Gods of Energy

Being a prisoner had its perks. Arun sat unattended in the middle of a rotting hut, sturdy enough to shield him from the rain, thunder,

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40s soldier
Melissa Powers

Cursed Time Lovers: Chapter 4

Miranda opens her eyes to a blur of shapes surrounding her. She feels damp all over and the cool temperature in the room causes her

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Ernest Dempsey

The Purple Visit

In the depth of the valley stood a mound on which grass grew and where cattle grazed from morning to late afternoon. Then the owners

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airships
W. C. Busch

Champagne and Fire

Hans gazed out the window of his apartment. The pale morning light was muted by the marine layer rolling in off the Pacific Ocean. A

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a dying peace
Gabriel Howarth

A Dying Peace: Chapter 9

Arlo sat down heavily into his desk chair, rocking slightly as his weight settled. The classroom was already full, the eyes of his fellow students

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ad astra
Paul McAlpin

The Parliament of Peraspera

Chapter 1    The Daymaker    To Diane the oddest thing about him are his lips. The way they lay against each other like two

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haiku
Roxanne Barbour

Alien Attack

Alien Attack accidentalalien attackbusted body partsrobots liveregrowth This is a sci(na)ku tanka, of the form: 1 word2 words3 words2 words1 word Written by Roxanne Barbour.Previously

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aliens
Melissa Gill

Aryo’s Crash

     James pauses his video game to grab a glass soda bottle from the fridge and places a pack of extra buttery popcorn in

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A World Apart
April Kelly

A World Apart, Part Two

Gia and Shae wove through the tangled brush and dense forest until they finally came to a clearing. She heaved a sigh of relief when

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Fiction
Kristy Westaway

Muttnik – Part 2 of 4

Standing in the open doorway of the lander, looking out the hatch door at the grey rock before him, he waited. Heartbeat pounding in his

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Dream
Anyaso Promise

The last night of the world 

What would you do if you knew it was the world’s final night?” “What would I do, seriously?” says the narrator. “Yes, I’m serious.” “I’m

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AI
Ivan Skilling

No Unturned Rock

The trial was over in a few minutes. There was no need for a jury, or for witnesses. As the defendant cried and pleaded his

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The Deal

“What time is it, Sophia?” I asked in a sleepy grunt, still not fully awake. “Good morning sir. Today is the 3rd of November, year

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Isolation
George Wilcox

Self-Destruct

 “Look, Zaisha, I loved you for a long time, but I just – I can’t.”  “Can’t what? Can’t look at me anymore?”  “Zai…” “Can’t you

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near future
Wendy Nikel

12:20 Bus From the Basics

Beep. The digits flashed on Inna’s BitWatch at exactly midnight: $1000.00. She held her breath, half- expecting the shriek of her Aunt Li’s alarm clock,

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Chicken In The Pot

The oil sizzled in the pot as the chicken settled to the bottom. The smell of cornbread and greens wafted in the air as it

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asteroid
Zane Dickens

The Horizon Burned

A man on a beach stared out at the end of time Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash The horizon burned. A bright orange from

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Cathy Marie Bown

Rocket Ship

Watching the stars fly by through the glass bubble of a window, I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic for what I was leaving behind. Never

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alien
William Mangieri

The Black Spot

It grows on you. I saw the black spot on my pressure suit when we came back in at the end of shift. I thought

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action
Gabriel Howarth

A Dying Peace: Chapter 2

Chapter 2: A magnificence of innovation, to free the mind from the body, to set it free to ride the winds and the seas, through

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Fiction
Roxanne Barbour

Signals From Space

Signals From Space signals from spacereach telescopesdisturbanceunderwater geysersdrown human habitats This is a reverse sci(na)ku tanka, of the form: 3 words2 words1 word2 words3 words

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postapocalypse
Olga Makarova

ESURIA

“Your theory is as full of holes as an esuria’s skin, Rich. Your so-called “cure” won’t work. Even if it would, what of the ingredients?

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Poetry
Roxanne Barbour

Alien Religions

Alien Religions embassies beckon adventurersinvitations acceptedexplorationwondrous sightsalien religions explained This is a reverse sci(na)ku tanka, of the form: 3 words2 words1 word2 words3 words Written

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adventure
Phoenix Mōsher

Master of Lore — Prologue

Book 1 of The Phoenixborn Chronicles (First Draft) I still remember the day that I died like it was yesterday. My rebirth is also forever

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Absurd
S.C. Mae

Mandarin Alley

Nobody knows who’s been leaving those messes at the back of Mandarin Alley over the last six months. Not every night, but often enough. Mandy,

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Deep Cover

When I was thirty I became obsessed with the idea that I was an alien shapeshifter. It started out as a thought experiment, almost a

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Fiction
Samantha Lazar

Shannon Leaves Home

A short story The sign made Shannon gag. The fact that her dad was so proud of being able to erect the damn thing, with a

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Poetry
Roxanne Barbour

Childhood Arson

Childhood Arson disturbingchildhood arsonplaying upon fearsdreams examinednon-humans This is a sci(na)ku tanka, of the form: 1 word2 words3 words2 words1 word Written by Roxanne Barbour.Previously

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April Kelly

A World Apart, Part Three

Her breath was coming in terrified puffs, causing the baby to squirm and fuss. “Shhhh, shhhh, it’s okay.” Shae whispered as she slowly inched toward

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End of the World
Wofford Lee Jones

One Shot

Little did I know, when going to the range every other weekend for some fun target practice, that I would one day be putting my

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Fiction
Kristy Westaway

Muttnik – Part 3 of 4

Sarah smiled out through the plastic visor as the large heavy space helmet was secured down over her head. Lifting a gloved hand, she tapped

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action
Helen Bold

The Space Spoon

Floating through the vacuum of space wasn’t Tejeda’s thing. Not knowing which way was up or down made him want to puke his guts out.

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haiku
Roxanne Barbour

Allergic Aliens

Allergic Aliens confluence of worldsintergalactic banquetreactionallergic aliensmunch outdoor greenery This is a reverse sci(na)ku tanka, of the form: 3 words2 words1 word2 words3 words Written

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biology
Olga Makarova

SOUL BAIT

He lay motionless, sprawled on the bed, gazing at the hospital walls, tall and white, spotted with grey flower patterns, and the whitewashed ceiling above.

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#clover
Ankita K.

Heart wrapped in clovers

Interviewer (Walks in): Hello, hope you’re having a graceful day. Patree is happy to welcome you to its glorious establishment. The boy (Shaking hands): Hello

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frivolous
Tim McDaniel

Victims

 “Thought of someone to sue yet?” Bill’s dad called from the living room. “Not yet, dad.” Bill opened the refrigerator door. “Did you find the

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Alternate History
Donald J. Bingle

Standing Still

“Are you sure you wanna do this, doc?” The patrolman gestured across the lobby at the subject. “He’s got some sort of a device, with

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Poetry
Roxanne Barbour

Descending Pollen Wisps

Descending Pollen Wisps descending pollen wispscover spaceshipserasingouter coveringsvisitors not amused A reverse sci(na)ku tanka, of the form: 3 words2 words1 word2 words3 words Written by

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Barsoom

John Carter, gentleman of Virginia, headed south on his flier across the red sands of Mars. He was tall and muscled, tanned by the sun,

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Fiction
Kristy Westaway

Muttnik – Part 1 of 4

The black, vast expanse of nothingness lay before him. He drifted. Free. No attachments. The first man to walk untethered in space. So quiet and

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Le Morte de Volkswagyn

There rode four knyghts of the Table Rounde, and the one in front hyght syr Dynadan, and the three reste hyght sir Gawayne, and hys

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Dancing
Vaughan Stanger

Dreamtime

He strolled along the perfect crescent of sand beneath a sky darker than the universe, looking for someone. Eventually, he spotted a gray-haired woman, who

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Mike James Davis
Mike James Davis

The New Faces of Mt Rushmore

The country gathered and waited for the big reveal. Cameras were at the ready. News people were scattered about straightening their clothes, checking their hair,

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competition
Tim McDaniel

Getting Ahead in Business

 Graeme Wood turned the newspaper to Local News, folded it, and smoothed it flat on the plastic table in front of him. The waitress passed

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Crime
Dennis Mombauer

The Future is Always Perfect

Don’t you wish you would never make a wrong decision? With FuturePreviewTM, you never do – because you always know what the future brings. #

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politics
Donald J. Bingle

Future Futures

“You’ve caused untold damage to the economy. You understand that, don’t you?” Senator Lantis scowled at her like the crotchety old grandfather he surely was,

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Fiction
Daniella Cressman

The Lonely Scientist

Lukas had been assisting in developing robots for a very long time. When he reached 26, he told himself that he was going to get

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Dystopian
George Wilcox

Rohan: Superstar

Prologue   Communications had long since broken down and there was no way of knowing what was going on outside of Rohan’s village, which was not

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