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by Alex Shvartsman
For the first time in over two decades, it rained in the morning. "I don't think we own an umbrella," said Melanie. "But there may be an old raincoat in the closet."
Published on May 24, 2017
by Tamoha Sengupta
Once a year, the merfolks arrive. They come from the ocean, their tails rippling silver, their bodies glistening chestnut-brown in the moonlight. For one night, the magic wears off. They reach the shores, and transform into human form. They mix among us, and roam the streets.
Published on May 23, 2017
by Trina Marie Phillips
Captain Max Stone stood in the spotlight in the packed battlefield theater, extolling the virtues of courage and loyalty in the war against the Graths. This broadcast was reaching billions of people over five planets. The hot-climate uniform he was wearing served no purpose here other than to show off his deeply gnarled scars and functional, but very mechanical, prosthetics; symbols of humanity's truly brave warriors. Max pounded the podium, raised his metal fist and his voice, whipping everyone into a patriotic, Grath-hating frenzy. This was all he was good for anymore.
Published on May 22, 2017
by A. J. Abel
What exactly are the Zala? Clearly, they're intelligent. They look like craggy, grey, four-armed, walking trees, each of which has a nest of hive-insect-like creatures buried in the distended front of their abdomens. The "insect" creatures scurry up and down the craggy bodies, mending injuries and, I've been warned, spraying jets of acid at the slightest hint of a threat. So are these beings a species, or the hybrid result of a symbiotic system? Did the insect creatures play a role in facilitating the Zala's development or evolution as a highly intelligent civilization?
Published on May 19, 2017
by Jeff Carter
You turn on your reader with some trepidation. It's the beginning of the month, and the latest issue of Digital magazine should be available. Despite your continual complaints during the six years since the current editor, Quentin Trebek, took the helm, he still wastes your subscription money on unreadable stories in the present tense or second person, and on stories that waste your time by setting up an interesting situation and then stopping without an ending. You continue to subscribe, though, for the usually large fraction of good stories, and as a chemical engineer and scientifically curious person, for the science-fact articles. You've tried everything you can think of to get Trebek to see the light. Pointed out that the Good Doctor taught us, by example, that good writing doesn't draw attention to itself, for that draws attention away from the story. Too often the writing draws so much attention from the stories that there's not enough attention left to bother finishing them.
Published on May 18, 2017
by Stephen Lawson
"What sort of amateur nonsense is this?" Anders asks. He holds my glasses in his left hand between thumb and forefinger. He has the audacity to call me an amateur. Me. I take chess more seriously than any player who's made it to the world championships since Garry Kasparov.
Published on May 17, 2017
 
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