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Fiction: After the Accident

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“How long has it been since we crashed on this god-forsaken planet,” the old man asked his robot companion.
“Forty-one years, nine months, twelve days, and… my apologies, my chronometer isn’t so accurate these days.”
“And no hope of rescue.”
The robot shrugged. “That’s the danger of superluminal exploration. Our distress signal won’t reach human space for another hundred years.”
“At least you’ll still be there to tell them what happened,” the human said. They didn’t have the heart to tell him the only thing that kept them going was the man’s maintenance, something they couldn’t do themself.

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Fiction: Puppeteer

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The Puppeteer stirred. She felt strange. There were too many… everything. She tried to sit up, but an endless array of arms and legs and necks and backs all attempted to obey her, and she found herself unable to parse which were hers. She was seized by panic, tangled in a web of red string. She felt a hand on a shoulder.
“The operation was a success,” The doctor said. “It will be confusing at first, but with time you will be able to control the puppets as though they were your own body.”
And who controls me? she wondered.

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Fiction: Flying Suit

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“How’s it going?” She asked in my earpiece. I could barely make her out over the rushing air.
“The Flying Suit definitely works. I’m mostly comfortable and maintaining a relative altitude of twenty feet. We’ve attracted quite a crowd, too.”
“That’s wonderful!”
“But I do have some complaints.”
“Such as?”
“Two things. First, we need to work on the efficiency of this thing. I’m trailing black smoke.”
“And what’s the second?”
“We’ve got to do something about the location of the exhaust port. I know you said the seat of the pants would be most stable, but it’s terribly embarrassing.”

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Fiction: Home Prophecy Test

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After she finished peeing, she pulled her skirt back up and washed her hands. She stared as the liquid reacted to the reagent in the bottom of the little clay vessel.
It didn’t take long. There was a pop, and a spray of blue sparks. The rune burned into the bottom was unmistakable, and identical to the two tests beside it.
When her husband came home, she sat him down at the table.
“I went to the alchemist this morning.”
“Then we’re…” he said, unable to finish. She nodded and patted her belly.
“He’s going to be the Chosen One.”

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Fiction: Security Awareness

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“My password is very secure,” she bragged. “I use two-factor authentication.”
“Ha,” He said. “That’s nothing. I use a personally encrypted password manager. I can’t be hacked.”
I smiled. “Amateurs. My password is inscribed in blood on a parchment hidden in a duck egg inside of a rabbit in a locked chest buried beneath a haunted oak at the center of a fog-shrouded labyrinth on a desolate island in the North Sea.” They all looked duly impressed.
My phone buzzed, and my face fell as I checked the alert.
We noticed a new login to your account, Koschei!

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Fiction: The Photographer

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After the plant closed, he found himself unceremoniously retired, and depressed. With nothing else to do, he spent his mornings by the Falls, watching the water flow ceaselessly past, constantly eating away at the rock and making electricity for towns he’d never be able to afford to visit.
He watched the tourists come from all across the world to visit the place he lived and would someday die. He watched them fumble with their cameras, from chunky Kodaks to pocket-sized digicams to cell phones.
He learned to ask ‘Would you like me to take your picture?’ in thirty languages.

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Fiction: The Cur’s Quest

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One day a dog wandered into the seer’s sanctum and began to speak.
“Seer, I was once my queen’s greatest bodyguard. Everyday she asked me a question, and I had no answer. In the years since, I’ve searched far and wide for the answer. You are my last hope.”
“Look in my magic mirror, and find what you seek.”
The dog did as he was bid, but soon became angry. “There’s nothing here!”
“What was your mistress’s question?”
The dog stared in the mirror for a long time. “It was me,” he whispered. “I was the good boy all along.”

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