Her car was on its last leg: rusted, holey, corroded. With just enough money for a full tank of gas, Emily prayed she would make it. She crossed herself and kissed her hand up to the sky. The car sputtered and let out a cough so loud she thought it would die right there. “Please, …

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Yesterday I died. I wasn’t murdered. No one stole my life away. I wasn’t run over by a car. Nothing fell on my head. I didn’t die of cancer or waste away suffering from some other horrible disease. I didn’t drown. I wasn’t in a plane crash. I didn’t stand on the edge of a …

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Right, let’s start by clearing up any misconceptions, if you’ll pardon the expression. There’s a lot of really crazy stuff, unicorns being captured after laying their heads in the laps of maidens, I mean, how lame is that as symbolism? And how can you possibly make it gender-specific? I think it’s pretty obvious I’m not …

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Lenora

I didn’t want to be the one to identify the body. But there was nobody else, since my little sister was off at college and my mother had already passed away. I went downtown, parked, and presented myself. Then I stumbled through a series of cold, gray hallways until I came to the place where …

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Jettisoned

Commander Jackson’s career came to an abrupt end the day they jettisoned him out with the garbage somewhere between Saturn and Jupiter. As a small gesture of mercy they allowed him to wear his space suit with a pack containing about twelve hours of oxygen. Cold comfort, he thought as he steadied himself after the …

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Bish

The world broke open when I was seven, and the Bish closed it up again. They repaired my life the way they repaired reactors and turbines and engines—mysteriously, magically. Casually and without explanation. I don’t want to sound ungrateful. I am grateful. But I have been putting things in order for a while now. Sending …

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I share my bedroom with a ghost. I’ve never seen her, but I know she’s there. It’s like having a second shadow. I don’t really notice it. Sometimes though, I just have one of those days. On the bad days, she makes herself known. It’s been that way since I can remember. Fifteen years now …

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Harmony

Plevo skated fast over the marshes, not caring that his villi were becoming hot with the effort of prolonged flight. He had to get out of range of settlement before he could give his feelings full rein. It was one of the ways he envied the psiders: their lack of telepathic connection meant that they …

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