Jim gasped as the needle sank into his arm. A small bead of blood formed around the needle as practiced hands pressed gauze to the site. The librarian smiled. “There, Mr. Carter. It shouldn’t take long now.” She pressed the IV tube in to the injection sight, and a stream of red began flowing out […]

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We Are Not Gone

You think we died. You think we went extinct. You are wrong. When you finally found earth, surrounded by a shell of broken satellites, you saw a dead world. You sent down probes that set off all our security devices, destroying not just the probes, but the ships that launched them. You see, we’d forgotten […]

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Wednesday’s Invasion

“2011 lawn mower. Good repair. 22-inch cutting area. Can’t get the blood stains out. There’s blood everywhere.” Marc glanced up from the classified section, raising his eyebrows. “You know I’ve tried haunted hardware before. It never goes well for me.” Geoffrey shrugged. “Sure, but I saw the price. And your lawn looks like it needs […]

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Seeking an Old Earth

“We were exiled long ago.” The fire crackled within the stone circle. In the distance the glass trees whistled in the breeze. The night sky sparkled with thousands of shades of green stars, from brilliant emerald to nearly pure white. And the children, the oldest of them thirteen years, huddled around the heat of the […]

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Burn the Graveyard

Talon scrambled out of the darkened hold. “This isn’t going to work.” “Nope.” Matt spun more of the fuse from the spool he carried. “We’re doomed to stay down here forever.” “Pretty much.” “Except when they catch us, they’re going to throw us down there.” Talon peered over the rail to the endless abyss. “That’s […]

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With No Sign to Save

They would have flung their torches and let the ship’s deck light around her as a pyre had Jaraeden not strode to her side. The crowd, the residents of the Graveyard, shouted at her. “Burn our homes?” “False paladin!” “Insane!” Yet there were some in the crowd. The ones who had seen her light. They […]

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