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A publication with this much neon deserves more cybernetics, hacktivists, clones, artificial intelligence, evil megacorporations, flying cars, space travel, intrusive surveillance, and electric sheep.


We strongly believe representation matters. Our readers are very interested in reading authentic stories featuring diverse and intersectional protagonists. Send us tales of righteous Black covens, LGBTQIA+ time travelers, Latinx Final Girls, and genderqueer vampire slayers. The Dread Machine stands in solidarity with marginalized writers and is committed to amplifying their voices.

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One Shot

What happens when a pandemic hits the failing US healthcare system? When Kiara becomes sick, she can't afford to admit her infection and miss work or even go to the doctor to treat it. Failed by the system, she searches for any way to survive.
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After a waking nightmare that continues to haunt her, Elisa experiences increasing episodes of disassociation. As her sense of self unravels, she gets closer to the horrifying truth.
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The Perfect Match

Sai can't imagine life without his beloved virtual assistant, Tilly, until his new neighbor Jenny causes him to question her motives, and those of Centillion, the corporation that made her.
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Three Data Units

An AI reviews the data units of three disabled mecha—a blackbird, a caregiver, and a gatekeeper—whose stories entwine, and profoundly change the AI's understanding of humanity and the role technology plays in their lives.
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