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Etaoin Shirdlu

Joined June 2009.

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Stories

  1. First one there loses.

    My first memory is of the screen. Not the face on it, not the voice, but the glowing screen. It was some time before I understood the words it was saying, but that was okay. It was a patient instructor. When I was five, the screens revealed a little mo...

  2. Rain

    It was raining. Rain was the only time the organization heads met. Too dangerous in clear weather. Joey was a nobody. Just another grunt hired for security. No one should be bother the organization today, not in this part of town. It would be easy mone...

  3. Misdirection

    “Open it” said the man with the gun. “Do it slowly.” “Okay, okay.” Sam slowly reached into his pocket and withdrew the key. It was a large old one, ornate brass. Of course, it wasn’t for a mechanical lock. The...

  4. No sound in space

    There’s no sound in space. No one can hear you scream, as the saying goes. No one can hear you talk either. Not when you turn your radio off. It gets lonely in the belt. No one wants to talk out there. Just focus on your work. Set up the beam dri...

  5. Nothing will be the same

    I can’t believe it’s gone. I look into the sky, expecting to see it come over the horizon any second, as beautiful and perfect as ever. It doesn’t. There’s nothing left. They came from outside. Not from space, not from the Earth...

  6. Let's play a game

    “Would you like to play a game?” the computer asked. Jack sighed. He didn’t have much choice. “Why not?” The view in his neural implants changed. He was floating high in space, looking out over a fleet of ships. A planet ...

  7. Garage

    “It’ll be a big one” the mechanic said as he pointed at the clouds. “Of course it will” sighed John. The clouds on the horizon were blacker than he’d ever seen. He looked over at his rental car. It had broken down s...

  8. The Eye

    The dreams started a week ago. I’ve had one every night since, and I think I’m going mad. I’m always sitting at my computer in them, not doing anything important. There’s a window behind me, and I can see the dim twilight from ...

  9. Life Cycle

    The Von Neumann replicator approached the planet. It made no attempt to contact the inhabitants, if any. It cared not for any form of life that may have existed there. It descended silently through the atmosphere and landed unobserved. It began to feed...

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