Ground Truthing by Holly Schofield

Remote Sensing: the acquisition of information without making physical contact with the object. In oceanic studies, it can help monitor shoreline changes, measure ocean temperature, and assess environmental hazards, although it has limited resolution in many cases. Sandra didn’t expect me for another hour. I eased open our apartment door, anticipation superseding dread. I laid…

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Spambot 6413 by Peter Hagelslag

“Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to work I go,” spambot 6413 recited as it prepared for its next mission. Obviously, the intense marketing for the ‘hyper-virtual’ remake of an old Disney classic had rubbed off. Its missions—delivering the message—had become increasingly more complex, but for some reason, it couldn’t quite grasp, spambot 6413 didn’t baulk at…

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Speaking Without Tongues by Diana Estigarribia

Reva stood outside the interview room, waiting for the maximum security doors to slide open. Inside, a strobe light flickered and loud pounding bass boomed. The sole occupant, a woman, sat cross-legged at a metal desk, eyes closed. Her wrist and ankles were shackled to an eye-bolt in the floor. The doors opened and she…

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Drum Solo by Gerri Leen

Jake sat on the hillside next to his older brother Mike, a ring of boulders shielding them from casual view.  Mike leaned back against one of the stones, his drum resting against his chest, the drumstick on the ground next to him.  The paper their mother made for the camp was in a satchel that…

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A Way With Words by Aimee Ogden

The Exo was just tall enough to wedge her front pedipalps into the paper shredder beside Gretchen’s desk. Her black-and-gray mottled carapace reflected the fluorescent office light as two clacking exoskeleton limbs ransacked the shredded remnants inside. Gretchen bent over to rescue some of the white-and-black confetti raining down on her office floor just as…

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Voices in an Especially Ominous Night by J. J. Steinfeld

when you hear voices(voices almost like visions almost like frightened animals given voice, fleeing wilderness) in an especially ominous night you trapped by fitful sleep, by deceived sleep, by sleeplessness, voices as yells, screams, shouts, the roaring of confusion, as whispers articulate and inarticulate, in other languages, words from other worlds, other times, other regrets,…

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The Way Up, The Way Down by Dennis Mombauer

Unlike most people, Charlie had a job. He lived on Earth and worked in space, and for his daily commute, he took the elevator. It went right up to Icarus Station on the orbital ring, 132 minutes for one trip, only a few hundred kilometers above the planet. Whenever one cage left from the Beehive…

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Lonely Read World Serenade by Armel Dagorn

I’m a right yo-yo here. The long walks I take with Herb always send me on soul-searching reveries. Some days the loneliness just about kills me. I think about the little girl I was; if only she could see me now on Mars! “Talk about an achievement, eh, Herb?” he just whirrs a bit. Sometimes…

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