"Let's ask Tim about Hitler," I said, binding a corner of the Autobot potholder for my nephew's ninth birthday. "If you're done staring at your phone, Tim."
Tim looked up, blinking. "Godwin's Law?" Listen here, son. There are rules to being a hero, and sometimes it isn't best to learn them on your own--
No, no, she can wait. I know you're eager, but she's locked away, she isn't going anywhere. You can go to her any time. Just be patient.... We used to think the trains, half wild and skittish, would be the most difficult part of our escape. We'd seen brave Myron try to mount a train as it raced through, only to die when it threw him down onto the rails. It hurt when he fell, terribly so, but a pain we thought we might endure. Surely once on board the train cars, the rest would be easy. It was a matter of convincing ourselves that there were no other options. And even when we knew it, to act.
Maybe there was some other way around. We played at plans, marking routes across maps that no longer mattered. We could swim--until troops cut off that route. We might fly--until someone bombed the runways. Friend? Foe? At times there was little difference. Other routes? But herds of tanks moved through and groves of guns sprouted everywhere.
by Matt Larsen
Published on Sep 26, 2016
by Mari Ness
Vigilante Turned Supervillain Disputes Guilty Verdict - Normal City, Arizona
Published on Sep 23, 2016
by Emily McCosh
Published on Sep 22, 2016
by Allina Nunley
1. Do you use virus protection? Of course. All robots use virus protection. The transfer of infected data has decimated our population in the past. Most of us are extremely careful. You can't blame all of us for a few bad apples. We know they exist, but you humans need to understand the horrible feeling of being mistaken for a spam bot. It's an awful stigma, and it's really unfair to a robot like me that's never practiced unprotected file-sharing. You have no idea what it's like to see that look on a person's face when they think you're going to ask them if they "like to chat with hot Russian babes." So hurtful.
Published on Sep 21, 2016
by Benjamin J. Sonnek
...so what do you think of that? The six other girls at the table began moving their heads, the individual thoughts blending into a river: It's crazy! Why would she do that--he's kind of a--don't forget about her last--how could they--does that mean he's available?
Published on Sep 20, 2016
by Daniel Ausema
Published on Sep 19, 2016