Far Reaches

The mapping of the cosmos is a tedious thing. Modern ships are equipped with a variety of methods with which to dispel the tedium, but even so, the majority of waking time is spent in solitude and silence, with little to distract from the immeasurable bleakness of interstellar space. I choose to spend most of my travels asleep. Not from necessity, as advancements in human longevity continue to advance long after we perfected the science of cryogenics. My preference for sleep is due rather to the unsettling thought of spending quiet centuries alone while traversing the dark and empty space between the stars. The human mind was never meant to endure such isolation.…

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Laugh Track

“Did you hear that?” I looked up from my magazine at Jo sitting next to me on the couch. She brushed her curly blonde hair behind her ear and looked at me with intense blue eyes. “Hmm? Hear what?” I said. “It was like… static or something.”…

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The Conversation

“The child can’t actually speak to you,” explained the doctor. “Her brain has formed enough to support basic thoughts, but she has no concept of language. This procedure is more of an exchange of images and ideas—you speak with concepts instead of words.” “Is it dangerous for the baby?” asked my wife.…

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Progression

It started with “wearables” some time around the beginning of the century, and progressed from there. Smart watches turned into smart sleeves, which led to smart skin—basically flexible skin-colored screens grafted directly onto your body. Smart glasses turned into smart contact lenses, which led to smart optics—augmented reality baked directly into your corneas.…

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Cowardice

Carl thumbed the wad of bills in his pocket. He had built it up slowly over a few months by getting cash-back whenever his wife sent him out for groceries.…

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The Bad Week

MondayThe spoon arched through the air, rotating slowly and flicking droplets of milk and bits of cereal in its wake. It landed with a clang, bounced and splashed, then slid to a stop. A tiny, excited dog immediately pounced…

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What Happened to Jade

Jade fell off the map in ‘94 after releasing her third album. In ‘89 she had been working as a human resources specialist at a software company. She turned to song writing after being molested…

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The Woman in Yellow

I asked you to marry me and you said no. That was how we met. I knew when I first saw you in the crowd of onlookers surrounding the Midway Ave sniper shooting victims that we were meant to be together…

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The Brony

“Believe it or not, there are grown men out there who are interested in watching more than just sports and violence on TV,” the subject said. “I’m one of them.”…

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The Griefer

It was just before dawn when I spotted him. I hadn’t seen another human in months. Or had it been years?…

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