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SCP-1983. Item #: SCP-1983 Object Class: Keter (Presumed Neutralized) Special Containment Procedures: Outpost 54 has been built on the land surrounding SCP-1983 and disguised as a chemical plant.

SCP-1983

The "plant" building serves as barracks for MTF Chi-13 ("Choir Boys"). All entry points into Outpost 54 are to be guarded at all times. Personnel will review Document 1983-12, which details the cover story to be given to any civilians expressing curiosity. All MTF personnel must profess strong religious beliefs, per Chi-13 protocols. LIGHTSPEED Presents: "Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World" by Caroline M. Yoachim. True Names. John C Wright – The Far End of History: A Tale from the Last Days of the Seventh Mental Structure.

I would just like to point out that the inclusion of this story in this collection is NOT an endorsement of the author’s views. The objectivist homophobe just happened to write one hell of a story. Wide in scope and experimental in its delivery, the story unfolds through multiple tellings, each from a different source, until the layers are pulled back and the truths are finally revealed. It’s a story of planet sized minds courting each other, galactic wars and galactic deceptions, minds based on bizarre mathematical principles, dualist versus functionalist philosophies, sacrifice of one’s very soul, and endless, relentless change. – rgiskard

The Edge of Nowhere - a novelette by James Patrick Kelly. Lorraine Carraway scowled at the dogs through the plate glass window of the Casa de la Laughing Cookie and Very Memorial Library.

The Edge of Nowhere - a novelette by James Patrick Kelly

The dogs squatted in a row next to the book drop, acting as if they owned the sidewalk. There were three of them, grand in their bowler hats and paisley vests and bow ties. Three Worlds Collide (0/8) An interesting ethical exercise.

Three Worlds Collide (0/8)

It seems to me that it would benefit from cutting some slack, such as the entire pseudoreligious Confessor's line (I understand he's one of the more alive protagonists, but hey, it's largely drama out of nothing) and the superfluous "markets" (I understand the author is fond of prediction markets, but here they add nothing to the story's core, only distract). The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas. Ursula Le Guin The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas With a clamor of bells that set the swallows soaring, the Festival of Summer came to the city Omelas, bright-towered by the sea.

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

The rigging of the boats in harbor sparkled with flags. In the streets between houses with red roofs and painted walls, between old moss-grown gardens and under avenues of trees, past great parks and public buildings, processions moved. Some were decorous: old people in long stiff robes of mauve and grey, grave master workmen, quiet, merry women carrying their babies and chatting as they walked. The Machine. The Machine Permanent Link to this Comic: Also, be sure to check out Affect, my wife's upcoming conference on the work behind social change; in Portland, Oregon <map name="admap76971" id="admap76971"><area href=" shape="rect" coords="0,0,728,90" title="" alt="" target="_blank" /></map><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width:728px;border-style:none;background-color:#ffffff;"><tr><td><img src=" style="width:728px;height:90px;border-style:none;" usemap="#admap76971" alt="" /></td></tr><tr><td style="background-color:#ffffff;" colspan="1"><center><a style="font-size:10px;color:#0000ff;text-decoration:none;line-height:1.2;font-weight:bold;font-family:Tahoma, verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;text-transform: none;letter-spacing:normal;text-shadow:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:normal;" href=" target="_blank">Ads by Project Wonderful!

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The One They Took Before, by Kelly Sandoval. Craigslist > seattle > all seattle > lost&foundSat 23 JulFOUND: Rift in the Fabric of the Universe – (West Seattle) Rift opened in my backyard.

The One They Took Before, by Kelly Sandoval

About six feet tall and one foot wide. Appears to open onto a world of endless twilight and impossible beauty. Makes a ringing noise like a thousand tiny bells. Heinlein_all_you_zombies. Explain the ending "All You Zombies" Heinlein story (open spoilers) Drones Don’t Kill People - Lightspeed Magazine. I was always already a killer.

Drones Don’t Kill People - Lightspeed Magazine

There was no hazy time in my memory before I knew how to target a person’s heart or brain for clean execution. I did not develop a morbid fascination with death over time; I did not spend my childhood mutilating animals; I was not abused by a violent parent; I did not suffer social injustice until finally I broke down and turned to professional violence. From the moment I was conscious, I could kill and I did. That is something that humans cannot understand. A human must learn to kill, must evolve from innocence or obliviousness into someone who considers homicide a legitimate occupation.

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Io9 Newsstand: Best Stories for the Week of August 11 - 16. The Promise of Space by James Patrick Kelly. Capture 06/15/2051, Kerwin Hospital ICU, 09:12:32 . . . and my writer pals used to tease that I married Captain Kirk.

The Promise of Space by James Patrick Kelly

A clarification, please? Are you referring to William Shatner, who died in 2023? The Things by Peter Watts. I am being Blair.

The Things by Peter Watts

I escape out the back as the world comes in through the front. I am being Copper. The Last Question. The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light.

The Last Question

The question came about as a result of a five dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way: Alexander Adell and Bertram Lupov were two of the faithful attendants of Multivac. As well as any human beings could, they knew what lay behind the cold, clicking, flashing face -- miles and miles of face -- of that giant computer. Death and the Hobbyist - Lightspeed Magazine. It wasn’t enough for my mother Juliet to be crazy. Of course not. She was always going to find a uniquely inconvenient way to drive us mad along with her.

​The Tragic Demise of Science Fiction's Greatest Idea. The Tachypomp and other stories - Edward Page Mitchell. The Tachypompand other storiesbyEdward Page Mitchell These stories by Edward Page Mitchell originally appeared anonymously in The Sun, a New York daily newspaper. They were reprinted in a much larger collection, The Crystal Man, edited by Sam Moskowitz, Doubleday 1973. To the best of my knowledge and belief all copyright in these stories, including editorial copyright, has now expired. Browse Inside The New Space Opera by Gardner Dozois, Jonathan Strahan. About The New Space Opera The brightest names in science fiction pen all-new tales of space and wonder: Kage Baker Stephen Baxter Gregory Benford Tony Daniel Greg Egan Peter F.

Hamilton Gwyneth Jones James Patrick Kelly... About Gardner Dozois Gardner Dozois is a highly esteemed author and Hugo Award-winning editor of several SF anthologies and, for twenty years, Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. Critical Praise. Read Vithandi's Ring, Hatch, and Glory. The Smartest Mob: A Chapter from Existence. The Smartest Mob A stand-alone excerpt from David Brin’s novel EXISTENCE by David Brin Copyright 2012 Tor Books Washington was like a geezer -- overweight and sagging -- but with attitude.

Meat. I’m honored that this often shows up on the internet. Here’s the correct version, as published in Omni, 1990. Equoid by Charles Stross. The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling by Ted Chiang. Subterranean Press Magazine: Fall 2013. Where All Things Perish. Lightspeed Presents: “The Schrödinger War” by D. Thomas Minton. The Trains that Climb the Winter Tree by Eileen Gunn,Michael Swanwick. We hope you enjoy this holiday story by Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn, previously available only to Tor.com registrants. Zeppelin City by Eileen Gunn,Michael Swanwick. This story is also available for download from major ebook retailers.

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