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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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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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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