Summer Encroaching, Winter Yielding

Jean-Louis Trudel
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Lost Beyond the Lights

P. A Cornell
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Drumming Song

Ashley Bao
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Lunch Failure

Liam Hogan
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A Sea of Plastic

In  by April 29, 2022
The sun was barely up over the plastic sea, but it was already stifling hot. The almost horizontal rays bounced off the bleached, matted remnants of last century’s excesses. The great raft housing the plastic reclamation factory chewed slowly but steadily through them. Phlox checked her diving gear. If she dove off the back, she […]

Reef Renewal Offers Hope for Corals and Fun for Volunteers

In  by April 15, 2022
The sea is a vast and empty place. Miles and miles of uninhabited salty blue waters stretch into seeming infinity without many visible signs of life, except for small patches of coral reef, crowded with every kind of organism. Coral reefs cover only about 1% of the ocean, yet they are home to more than […]

Cetacean Reprocessors, Inc.

In  by March 25, 2022
“Can you understand me?” I call through my underwater translator over the gentle slap of cold, oily blue-green water. The massive smoky-grey Bryde’s whale next to the boat doesn’t react. I look timidly up to the top of their open mouth, jutting from the water like a giant white arrowhead, trap collecting their assigned section […]

Forward Momentum and a Parallel Toss

In  by March 11, 2022
On the marching-band field, everything echoes of Alex. Lacey’s students spread across the sideline and cue their robots, and Lacey sees herself as a teenager in a giant sweatshirt, Alex next to her, looks at the bots and remembers Alex’s head on hers when she curled up around him in the last row of the […]

The Fisherwoman

In  by February 11, 2022
This is your fourth visit to the botanical biosphere. Something always draws you back here, even though you have only one hour of leisure time. You scan your wristband and enter the glass dome. The biospheres are teeming with healthy plants and trees. Mechanical bees flit between the groups of coloured flowers. Today, you’ve come […]

The Inevitablist

In  by January 14, 2022
It was called Moon Base Daintree, but it was less a base than a tube. A long, subway-car-sized tube, with a hatch at either end. Inside was a conference table, life support, and a fridge filled with refreshments—in case the alien was humanoid. Preston Jorgenson paced his end of the tube as the alien ship […]

Lost Beyond the Lights

In  by December 10, 2021
“Wake up, Paola, it’s time.” My daughter shifts in her bed in a way that reminds me of when she was a child, but she has children of her own now—the oldest a teenager already. How did so many years pass so quickly? Tonight, my own childhood seems close enough to touch, the echoes of […]
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