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  • Action 41

    by Lucy Hodges

    Don’t be stupid.” he said, and then, almost to himself “Code is the only language in the universe that means exactly what it says. It’s the truest mirror of reality there is.” “But…” “No. There isn’t a counter argument.” “But humans aren’t like that! They’re n-“ “Humans?” Potar’s eyes flicked up to challenge Rin’s for… Read more »

  • My Stranger

    by Simon Thompson

    I first saw him riding out near the old shipwreck to the north of the town. I was climbing on the lank, curved metal girders that rise out of the ground on the hill like the broken rib cage of an ancient monster. I had run away from home. Last night while my father and sister were… Read more »

  • Beginning, Middle, End

    by Simon Thompson

    New Reitra Medical Facility Transcript Universal Date: 24050511 Interviewer: Dr. Iowei-Grey Patient 77 Notes: Patient 77 was exposed to minor doses of theta radiation during recovery of artefact 6453 on the asteroid 1287bx. The following is a transcript of his explanation of events that lead to loss of 65% of the archaeological crew on UD… Read more »

  • Work-shy Ratfinks

    by A.W.

    TC175…” Brief consideration was given to the possibility that… but no. No he needed to inform someone, this was way above him. Imagine that though – and he was imagining it. Imagine if he was the reason they returned. He just up and decided to ignore this clear indication that someone, somewhere up there wasn’t… Read more »

  • Epidemic

    by Simon Thompson

    The raging fire spun around and around his head burning his skin, before spiralling around him and crushing his whole body like a boa constrictor. As he became a mass of burning pulp, balance abandoned him and he melted, flowing onto the floor and forming a puddle. The devil’s had come. They had come to… Read more »

  • Late

    by Simon Thompson

    The rain that evening formed a translucent blur as it slid in sheets down the domed glass roof over the main street. The sky was hidden behind it somewhere, but it just looked like one ominous colour from where I was standing. Droves of people swirled around me. When I was young, the streets hadn’t… Read more »

  • No Box Like Home

    by Simon Thompson

    He slid the key into the lock and the bolts clunked back releasing the plastic door. The corridor we stood in was mostly well lit which served to illustrate it’s age. I had followed him down the endless tunnel to his box, the regular lighting split by pools of darkness underneath sections of the illumination… Read more »

  • Safe

    by Simon Thompson

    The people in front of him swarmed as he emerged from the ship. It was like he was a magnet walking out into a crowd of iron filings, all of whom were directing him to barely functioning transports. The quantity of wonder and awe each driver could offer him increased constantly as they all surrounded… Read more »

  • Three Short, Sharp Blasts and War Erupted

    by A.W.

    In March, five months before the season kicked off, NVC had hit the headlines. The channel submitted a bid three times larger than its rivals. Competing networks saw this not as a bold move but rather a “rash” decision by someone on the edge. For NVC CEO Robin Allardyce, it was neither bold nor “rash”,… Read more »

  • End of the Road

    by Simon Thompson

    Hey, how are you doing today?” When I said it, she didn’t even look up. I could see how this was going and I loved it, it cheered me right up. In anticipation of my coming performance, I reached down, picked up a glass and started slowly but deliberately, to polish it. “What’s the access… Read more »