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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A Scavenger of Words by J. J. Steinfeld

Idiomatic idiotic remarks as the clock tick-tocks away into the memory of time. What does that drivel mean? Perhaps I should have said, or even sang out, Idiotic idiomatic remarks, the order, you know, is meaningful and full of meaning. You should be fed to carrion eaters that have no time for words only for…

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„Descent of the Seeker into Katarghatargha” Excerpt from a Religious Document of Species punctus impia by Adam Lovasz

„Suppose, for instance, that humans reproduced in the numbers that insects do and that the early elimination of the vast majority of humans who were born was necessary for the survival of the genes of any. Suppose also that, like most insects, care of offspring was unnecessary. Given these conditions, behaviors that manifest sympathy for…

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Captain John’s Passage by Tara Campbell

“You sure about this?” asked the cook, wiping a tattered red handkerchief across his brow. Captain John squinted against the sun and scratched at his scraggly, pecan-colored beard. “Who in blazes knows, Cookie?” He prodded the unmoving figure on the sand with his boot. “But aye, I reckon we should tie him up.” Cookie frowned….

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Resonance by Linda Neuer

Only the original foundation is intact, all history replaced with central heating and plastic pipes. But the pacing in the attic doesn’t sound like mice. Why this pacing? Why this chill? If they are lonely, why not join us? Are they too polite in their pain to ask for help? Shouldn’t they provide solace for…

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Vol. 2, Issue 1: Commerical Cosmonauts & Hired Guns

The final frontiers are populated with lawlessness and redemption. Science fiction is immersed in tales of those who have ventured to galaxies far far away, bringing home their stories and monsters from the infinite black abyss. The horror genre is filled with black widows, dark avengers, and holy warriors ready to fight against evil. Fantasy…

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Dracula-Creole (Can English Save Pachamama?) by Jun Cola

Chatterbox climate summits are made for the anointed ones, those linguistic savvy English-speaking leaders who prate about diplomacy in a searing world. That’s how a not so welcoming COP21 caught the attention of the global community late last year. No matter how articulate, impassioned or defiant arguments are posed to fossil fuel extracting, carbon emitting…

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