• Fiction

    Spaceship Repair Man Inc.

    by  • November 5, 2012 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    Essay by Yesbot, as provided by Roger Pattison Graphic work by Katie Nyborg Setting up my business hinged on one pivotal piece of equipment that didn’t exist at the time. Having gone into the marketing strategy in some depth, it had become clear that this was an opportunity in a completely undeveloped niche market....

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    On the Perils of Self-Mummification

    by  • October 29, 2012 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    An essay by Dr. Constanza Vivette as provided by Sylvia Cullinan Art provided by Justine McGreevy Never underestimate the value of a good lackey–or the scheme-destroying potential of an incompetent one. Perhaps Hairy Joe’s willingness to adopt such a misleading moniker should have been my first clue that the man was as inept as...

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    Lenny

    by  • October 22, 2012 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    An essay by Chris Lyman, as provided by Keith Baldwin I’d had a few drinks and was about to head to bed last night when this chat window popped up from Lenny. # Leonard Cassler: I’ve done it Chris Lyman: What are you talking about? Leonard Cassler: The machine. It’s done, man. Chris Lyman:...

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    Coda

    by  • October 15, 2012 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    An essay by Dr. Deitolf Hamm, as provided by Eryk Pruitt The specimen is Sam Tuley, chosen not just for his overzealous sex drive, penchant for alcohol and violence, and inability to make the most of a second chance, but rather because, try as he might, he will forever be damned to a hospital bed...

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    A Call For Retroaction

    by  • October 8, 2012 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    An essay by Professor B.A. Darling, as provided by Rebecca L. Brown To all at ‘The Journal of Better Times,’ I am writing in response to Dr. A. Muchworthy’s paper of July 1892, which I believe was entitled ‘Looking Towards a Better Future: Potential Techniques of Forecasting and Prediction.’ I feel that I must express my...

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    Financial Strategies for Innovative Researchers

    by  • October 1, 2012 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    An essay by Kelvin Schrödinger, as provided by Kenneth Schneyer From the Bulletin of the Society for Innovative Research and Invention, vol. 195, no. 3 (Summer, 2012): Everyone knows that funding is a perennial problem. With so little hardware and so few suitable reagents available off-the-shelf, your work becomes impossible without moles of ready cash. It’s...

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    Robot Ethics and the Turkish Turtledove

    by  • September 24, 2012 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    An essay by Mando Viday, as provided by Django Mathijsen Dylah wasn’t the prettiest girl I’ve ever known. Still she is the only one I often recalled with melancholy and even regret. Because although we’d been close, we’d never become “an item.” I’ve often wondered if she should have been the one. So it...

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    Maturity

    by  • September 17, 2012 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    An essay by Max Steiner, as presented by Nathaniel K. Miller Scientist profile: Dr. Marvin Steiner was a controversial and pioneering nodal physicist, known for developing the Jaunte Drive, an early prototype teleportation engine. He and his son Max disappeared under mysterious circumstances after an apparently disastrous test of the device. The bodies of...

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    Death-Ray Barking Dog Torches Home

    by  • September 10, 2012 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    Article by Dan Foley, as provided by Kyle Yadlosky Photography by Eleanor Leonne Bennett Pine Lane, New Jersey, was rocked yesterday afternoon, when neighbors heard an explosion from one of the houses in the gated community. Apparently, a two-month-old Jack Russell terrier was responsible for the explosion, barking what residents claimed was “fire.” “I...

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    A Thread Finer than Hope

    by  • September 3, 2012 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    Essay by Malini Gupta, as provided by Jack N. Waddell Photography by Eleanor Leonne Bennett “Professor Gupta,” Dr. Cowen says, voice raised. Had she been speaking? “I’m afraid you must make a decision.” My undergraduate quantum physics students might have thought it grimly funny, this doctor observing me and expecting an answer, forcing me...

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