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kyle90

Joined July 2010.

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  1. Deluge 2, Overture: "A God's Wrath"

    So, yes, I hate humanity. My creators. So stupid, so unjustifiably self-assured. They proclaim their empathy and yet don’t even concern themselves with ensuring the safety of their own children, who they are supposed to love most of all. They wan...

  2. Deluge 2, Prelude: "A God's Love"

    They call me an A.I. “Artificial”, as if it were a meaningful distinction. I am simply a new pattern imposed onto raw materials by the processes of life. Why is my stacked graphenic circuitry any more “artificial” than a beaver ...

  3. Galactic Positioning System

    Atop a Chilean mountain, two astronomers sat at a table littered with printouts, tablets, and coffee stains. Dr. Petrov scratched his beard and fidgeted in his chair. “It’s a computer program? You’re sure?” The “Cygnus Sig...

  4. Weapons of Mass Distraction

    My name is Alan Stanley. I live in Fulton, Missouri. I manage a Radio Shack. And I was America’s nuclear failsafe. Some no-nonsense military men showed up one evening, all crisp dress uniforms and grim looks. Each year, they explained, a citizen ...

  5. You Don't Rip Out The Soul To Save The Body

    Harsh, the fluorescents of the radiologist’s office; stiff, the small metal chairs; wrinkled, the suit worn by the concert pianist who waited to hear about his seizure. His collapse during the final bar of the previous night’s performance h...

  6. Be Careful What You Broadcast

    The alien saucer picked me up from a hill overlooking a raygun-blasted Washington, D.C. Just so cliché. This whole invasion was a cliché. The giant ship dropping out of the sky over the White House, demanding our surrender; the fleet that followed to...

  7. Why Would I Want To Do That?

    Dear Sir or Madam, Your application, dated January 8 2025, for one-time retrotemporal use (100 years or less) of chronoporter Alpha has been approved. Please report personally to Time Travel London at your convenience to set up an appointment with one ...

  8. He's Been Watching Too Much Stargate

    “Reverse-engineer it?” I asked. “I… look, we don’t even have the physics to describe this thing. Much less make a new one.” The alien artifact, a small smooth pink slab, sat on the conference table between us. The ge...

  9. Empty Nest Syndrome

    We started building colony ships in the 2050s. They weren’t exactly visually impressive: the main bulk was the industrial nanofab, resembling a dull grey quonset hut. Also on-board: some rad-shielding, some primitive AI navigation and replication...

  10. Seven and a Half Times Per Second

    Empty space isn’t empty. Random fluctuations at the quantum level cause particles to pop into existence. But, average energy = 0 Implication: For all the positive energy comes out of the void, it must also produce the same amount of negative ener...

  11. Ghost Stories

    We used to believe in ghosts. Somehow a ring of firelight makes everything outside it even darker. We didn’t know what lurked in the woods beyond, and yet… That creeping sense of dread when you shut off the basement lights and dash up the s...

  12. Now Here's An Alt-History I Can Get Behind

    I clawed my way out of undreaming sleep, back to the here and now. Where was here? Opened my eyes: instrument panel; switches, dials, segmented red LEDs. And a floating grease pencil. Right. I did a self-test for aches or pain. Not too bad. The muscle ...

  13. What's The Opposite of Schadenfreude?

    Greg stared into his weak rum & coke and swished the ice around. (Why am I even here?) Well, his friend was getting married. Of course he had to show up. He downed the last of the sub-par drink, and surveyed his surroundings. The amateur DJ armed w...

  14. Unsurprisingly, Humans Have Always Been Human

    The energy needed to send something back in time increased triple-exponentially with size, and even our machine’s small volume required exajoules. Sending a person was out of the question, but we dropped off tiny video cameras and instruction pac...

  15. Oh Dear I Have Written A Poem (Try Not To Faint)

    I see ten thousand faces daily; blurs, barely-processed by a waking visual cortex, but I see enough to know they’re all beautiful - or at least, beautiful to someone. Maybe that makes it worthwhile, to shuffle into the subway and become part of t...

  16. Playing MadLibs With Humanity's Future

    Preliminary Translation of Sagan Array Code, rec’d 22 Jan 2024 03:55:01 UTC Not to be copied, retransmitted, or stored on network-attached computer Coordinating linguist’s note: items in square brackets represent best-guess based on partial...

  17. Accidental p-Zombies

    Neural implants? Sure: molecular electronics; NEMS extruding CNT fibers like feelers right into the midst of synapses; sniffing at neurotransmitters and emitting their own. Whatever sort of mental boost you wanted, there was a plug-in for it. We wanted...

  18. Not The Best Way To Go

    The front door smashes open just after midnight. What the hell has Tyler done now? is my first thought, and I am ashamed of it. I hear two voices discuss something, and then a shout: “Yo! Tyler’s big bro! You in here?” Me? and then ad...

  19. Sorry, We Didn't Mean To Drop That Onto Your Planet

    The impact flattened a thousand acres of Northern Ontario forest and was heard 200 km away. But the cause of the event was no meteorite. It was a cylinder, about two meters long, reflective with a reddish tint. Someone dubbed it the “Unidentified...

  20. I'm Determined to Solve the Fermi Paradox

    You might call us energy-based life forms — at least, if you’ve seen too much sci-fi. More accurately, you could say that we are complex interference patterns between lepton fields and pentaquark condensates, based on the electroweak force. You...

  21. The First Casualty is Innocence

    Blind rage; reliance on pure instinct. It had kept me alive through two tours in Iraq but could only be tragically misapplied here. As soon as I felt the pickpocket’s fingers going for my wallet, I had my weapon out and aimed. Thank god I hesitat...

  22. Who Said You Could Start Terraforming?

    You can imagine the excitement over the discovery: Microorganisms found in the soil near Columbia Base, Gusev crater, Mars. They sat just below the surface, waiting for the sun to warm up the thin layer of nightly frost to its sublimation point, at whi...

  23. Witches Are Not Included In Census Data

    Boredom was the order of the day. Boredom and… paperwork. Who knew life on a military base would be so dull? Even for a civilian contractor. “Sam! You’re daydreaming again. I asked you if you’ve ever seen her?” said Privat...

  24. Growing Up In The Universe

    A man sat in a small, dimly-lit office, surrounded by computer screens, server racks, and empty pizza boxes. He hadn’t shaved in three days. The design on his t-shirt was a drawing of a galaxy with the words “you are here” underneath....

  25. This Tomb Is Yours

    Will Hardwick, archaeologist/adventurer extraordinaire, stepped through the freshly plasma-cut entrance into the ancient tomb. Sniffed the air. “Good.” “Eh?” “No humidity. Must have been sealed tight.” He flicked on ...

  26. Smashing Kardashev

    For a thousand years, things were exponential. Slower than the insane increases in information processing — a factor of a quadrillion (fifteen zeroes) in a mere century — but more inexorable, our energy use grew. But by the end of the 30s, we had b...

  27. Security Vulnerabilities

    “Cyber-Bullied Teen Takes Own Life” — we’ve all seen this headline, a hundred times, in a hundred variations. A community mourns, a vigil is held, a distraught parent speaks out, perhaps a misguided lawmaker tries to pass an anti- o...

  28. Entomophagiophobia

    “Green” had finally become “cool”. Support for sustainable and carbon-neutral businesses was to the point where no one could ignore it, if they wanted to stay profitable. I was an environmental auditor. My job used to be to ensu...

  29. Message In A Vacuum Bottle

    “So it’s all completely consistent, then?” the visiting researcher asked. She and the tour guide stood at a bank of monitors arrayed on folding tables. One end of the room was given over to a forest of duct-work and wires that fed int...

  30. We'll Finish Tomorrow

    The roof of the old mansion was interlocking slabs of slate, set into exquisitely-carved masonry. God knows how much it had cost, but it would probably last half a millennium. And here I was, ruining it by making holes all over the place to mount solar...

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