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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Harvest of Night Seeds by Rose Blackthorn

Harvest of Night Seeds by Rose Blackthorn Crickets chirped beyond the garden, their repetitive symphony so common that Tracy barely noticed it anymore. The night air was cool, and stars sparkled in a clear sky like glitter thrown …

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What We Do for Love by Rose Blackthorn

What We Do for Love by Rose Blackthorn L’thyros lay quietly, listening to the incoming surf. The rhythmic pounding of the waves was almost hypnotic, reminiscent of listening to his heartbeats. He had laid his great head against …

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The Existence of Posters by J.J. Steinfeld

The Existence of Posters by J.J. Steinfeld It was a Sunday, early in the morning, on the first day of summer, when an amorous young man of twenty, leaving a married, older woman’s apartment, saw the beautiful poster …

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Nestor’s Last Valentine’s Day by J. J. Steinfeld

Nestor’s Last Valentine’s Day by J. J. Steinfeld Nestor, a retired and renowned (though he was always modest about his scientific achievements) astrophysicist of seventy-three, a month ago had left his wife of fifty years for the remarkable …

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Night Walk by Aeryn Rudel

Night Walk by Aeryn Rudel I watch the sun sink below the trees to the west and curse silently. I have no chance of reaching Delta Base before nightfall. The winter night comes quickly in the Northwest, and …

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