The Green

The Green

A man’s lawn wants him dead.

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Anthony Cain
On September 24, 2021
Cherry-Blossom Droid

Cherry-Blossom Droid

A common proverb is that time heals all wounds. That is true only for humans. For them, memories fade into dull generalizations. For us droids, memories are always reproducible with uncanny sharpness, and they stay with us for as long as we live: forever.

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Parker Ragland
On September 17, 2021
The Atoll

The Atoll

We take shelter next to a low shelf of rock and watch the sun die a slow death on the horizon; an angry red eye drowned in a blaze of orange and yellow. Beneath it, the ocean is flat. A rippling, endless mirror, all of it one terrible display of beauty waiting to devour us like it did Hannah.

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Caleb Stephens
On September 11, 2021
Have You Seen This Hungry Ghost?

Have You Seen This Hungry Ghost?

In a story that combines traditional Chinese culture with futuristic technology, the protagonist searches for a deceased friend, but carries sinister designs for their reunion.

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brianlow
On September 1, 2021
The Green

The Green

A man’s lawn wants him dead.

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Anthony Cain
On September 24, 2021
Cherry-Blossom Droid

Cherry-Blossom Droid

A common proverb is that time heals all wounds. That is true only for humans. For them, memories fade into dull generalizations. For us droids, memories are always reproducible with uncanny sharpness, and they stay with us for as long as we live: forever.

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Parker Ragland
On September 17, 2021
The Atoll

The Atoll

We take shelter next to a low shelf of rock and watch the sun die a slow death on the horizon; an angry red eye drowned in a blaze of orange and yellow. Beneath it, the ocean is flat. A rippling, endless mirror, all of it one terrible display of beauty waiting to devour us like it did Hannah.

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Caleb Stephens
On September 11, 2021
Have You Seen This Hungry Ghost?

Have You Seen This Hungry Ghost?

In a story that combines traditional Chinese culture with futuristic technology, the protagonist searches for a deceased friend, but carries sinister designs for their reunion.

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brianlow
On September 1, 2021

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Parker Ragland

Parker Ragland is a writer who spends most days trying to convince people that artificial intelligence isn’t that scary (contrary to what his fiction might suggest). Currently, he works as a technical writer at a company that builds software used to analyze data. Previously, he served as Executive Editor of the Colorado Technology Law Journal. He lives near Denver with the most wonderful person he knows. Find out more from his website, parkerragland.com, or his Twitter, @ragland_writes.

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