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DredZed

Joined June 2009.

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  1. Reality Television

    Welcome back to American Verdict, the show where you are the jury! All around America, you and people just like you have decided the final outcome. Over the past commercial break, we’ve counted up all those votes you’ve sent in, and now hav...

  2. Barter System

    “I’m sorry, but you’re already overdrawn. With the collateral you’ve put down, it would be nearly impossible to give you anything more.” “I’m not asking for a major miracle here.” I plead with him, knowin...

  3. Backup

    “Can I help you?” I ask the man entering my office. “As a matter of fact, detective, I think you can,” he says, easing himself into a chair on the other side of my desk. “I’m investigating a murder.” “Isn...

  4. Cold Steerage

    Cryostasis sucks. Unfortunately, with Earth’s economy the way it’s been ever since the extrasolar colonies started exporting more than they import, the only way to get a decent job is by going through the gateway to those same colonies and ...

  5. Preacquaintance

    Hands stuffed deep in my jacket pockets, I stand waiting in an all too familiar alley. I just couldn’t keep myself away from this place, despite repeated warnings from the quacks that I’ve hired lately to look me over. I realize there’...

  6. An Introduction

    You are here. A moderate sized rock, mostly covered in water and shrouded in a mix of gasses, orbiting around a typical yellow star. The birthplace of a particularly clever species of primate, who eventually figured out how to pull themselves up and ou...

  7. Case Closed

    As he surveyed the scene, a smirk tugged at his lips. “The butler did it,” the detective said.

  8. Providence

    As the lid of the cryo pod closes, I reflect on our lost potential. We had been well on our way to improving the human race. Unfortunately, not everyone shared our views on how to best do so. Which is why I’m here now, sealing myself into an icy ...

  9. No Regrets

    The priest asks if I have any last words, as they strap me down to the table. I have no words for him. My life was lived justly, punishing those who needed to be punished. Even if those who gave me the power to do so didn’t approve of my methods....

  10. Mercy

    The war of humans against machines, the same old story that science fiction authors always loved to write about, the war I fought. Thankfully, in this version of the story, we were winning. We had just taken another hill, and my squad was moving in thr...

  11. Sacrifice

    “So it has come to this, my old friend.” He can’t hear me, of course. He is too far gone for that. His breathing is ragged, his body shuddering uncontrollably. “If only you had listened to me when you had the chance. I warned yo...

  12. Home

    I remember Menoetius. I remember returning from my first visit to the Capital, our ship cruising through the gateway into orbit, and being told that we would have to turn around and go back. I remember the last time I ever saw my father, telling me tha...

  13. Residual Quintessance

    I awake with a start, still feeling the sting of a shock gun on the back of my neck. Prying an odd piece of metal and plastic off my forehead, I notice my hands look different, rougher, more calloused than I remember. As I stand up shakily and try to t...

  14. Memoraphilia

    I curse the fact that my dealer is a traditionalist as I turn the corner into the dark alley, the heads up display in my glasses warning me I’m going off the beaten track. “That’s far enough,” a voice whispers through my earbuds...

  15. Defiance

    Two survivors. One laying in a pool of his own blood in the corner, barely breathing. The other crawling slowly across the rubble and gore coating the floor, with only the candle flicker of dying fires to light his way. Outside the shattered windows th...

  16. In the End...

    As I ponder the limitless expanse of space and time before me, I try to remember what it was like to be human. Of course, never having been one, that is somewhat difficult. Over a few eons I sort through all the data stored in my near infinite reserve,...

  17. Last Gasp

    Almost there, she thought as she dragged herself down the corridor. She could see the doorway ahead, and hear the sounds of the creatures behind her. Zombies. Centuries of human exploration and expansion, and it all comes down to zombies. The moaning w...

  18. Alone

    Hello, my name is Colonel James. Of course, it probably doesn’t matter, since I doubt anyone will ever read this. But I still feel the need to write it. Odd how the mind works, isn’t it? We started with the best of intentions, and a noble g...

  19. Silence

    I can’t stand parties. It’s the noise. That hum and murmur of dozens of voices beating on me from all directions. Even with my implants set to tune out any that aren’t speaking directly at me, I swear I can still feel the vibrations o...

  20. Old Friends

    It would soon be time for the harvest. The tractor’s intelligence unit understood that was why the old man was upset. It listened patiently as he grumbled. “Hell of a time for a new war to break out,” the man muttered as the tractor p...

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