Autumn Waits by Ken MacGregor [fantasy]

Autumn Waits by Ken MacGregor [fantasy] Autumn is tired. Her long hair, which had been green, then red and yellow and finally brown has begun to fall out. Her dress is tattered and her skin dry. She wants…

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Reset by Eddie D. Moore [sci-fi]

Reset by Eddie D. Moore “Good morning Mr. Moss. Please don’t get out of bed yet. The procedure was a complete success and you will be transferred to the training and readjustment center this afternoon.” “What happened? Who…

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Tough Crowd by Holly Schofield [sci-fi]

Tough Crowd by Holly Schofield [sci-fi] “Hey, Ship? How about this one: A skeleton walks into a bar and says, ‘Give me a beer and a mop.’” I followed it with a “Ba-dum, tish,” to indicate the end…

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Great White Ship by Lou Antonelli

Great White Ship by Lou Antonelli I was poking at my drink with a swizzle stick, killing time waiting for my connecting flight. The American Airlines Admiral’s Club was nearly empty. I stared at the D/FW runways and…

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Pop-ups by Robert Dawson

Pop-ups by Robert Dawson I was half-starved, my head ached from a long day of selling commonplace vacations to difficult customers, and if I missed the 5:17 dronebus it would be an hour till the next one. Without…

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Diversion Program by Robert Dawson

Diversion Program by Robert Dawson Like a cat at a mouse hole, Major “Zig” Washington watched the UNS Beowulf’s drone control board. Ninety-nine point nine five six percent. He ignored the straps that held him into his chair,…

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Turning Back the Clock by David Steffen

Turning Back the Clock by David Steffen Lewis checked Mary’s wrist for a pulse even as her heart stopped beating. He was too late. An ambulance was on its way, but it wouldn’t change anything. She’d insisted on…

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(Paulie’s) Harvey’s Mom by Diane Arrelle

Paulie’s Harvey’s Mom by Diane Arrelle Paulie’s Mom studied the clothes, crusty dishes, and fast food wrappers covering the entire bedroom. She took in a breath of sweaty sock odor and said, “Damn, seventeen-years-old and still such a…

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Dead Guy Walking by Brian K. Lowe

Dead Guy Walking by Brian K. Lowe Bobby knew he must be dead when he saw that he hadn’t spilled the detergent. Anybody who’d just taken a fall down the basement stairs the way he had couldn’t possibly…

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