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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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In Bocca al Lupo

When climate change brings about the New Ice Age, along with the hatching of a hoard of monstrous Ningen, it is down to the five remaining members of the Polaris military base to lure the monsters to their doom. Only, the theory behind the lure isn't all that sound. And the Ningen are like nothing they have ever faced before.
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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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Fringe Benefits

In a dystopian society where employees are covered by productivity insurance, benefits are earned by competing in deadly company picnic games. Unfortunately for Veronica, sleeping with the boss's wife makes her a prime target.
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KILLERS

The Guernsey Hunt

When Mary Queen of Scots made England Catholic, her supporters were eager to burn heretics--especially wealthy ones. But in burning three women--one of them heavily pregnant--the perpetrators made a terrible mistake. Based on a true story.
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The Contritionist

The spirit of this psychologist's trade was never really about talk therapy; it was about helping his patients find contrition for their sins—to help them feel remorse for what they’ve done. And if they can’t find it for themselves, then he will do whatever it takes to make sure they feel it.
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Back To Normal

A woman awakens to find life strangely normal after murdering her husband, but normal is a world of constant dread, and the voice in her head is worse than the corpse in her bed.
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The Song of The Cicadas Underground

The daughter of an Irish immigrant returns to her mother's homeland to search for the grave of her grandmother, who disappeared during The Troubles, and to reconnect with her neglected roots. In the course of her mission, however, she attracts the interest of dangers both human and not, and learns that some roots are best left underground.
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Smiles

"In the countries that are more uniform, people were more likely to smile to show they were superior to one another." Can a smile really kill? One of these two men is about to find out.
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MONSTERS

Mr. McClane

All Amanda wants is a friend who’ll value what she has to say. Who would have thought she’d find that friend living in the giant, rusty boiler in the basement?
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Tabula Rasa

Eve, a single mother whose dreams of becoming an artist were shattered by an unplanned pregnancy, struggles with escalating feelings of resentment and regret that threaten her sanity—and the safety of her young daughter.
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Strap Your Bones Right to the Seat

Mason Reed has never taken the bus to school, but after his family moves, he is left with no choice. But what should have been a pleasant experience according to his bedtime stories, turns out to be a menacing challenge beyond anything he could have anticipated.
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Impurity

Bill has spent a lifetime surviving in a desolate world by whatever violent means each day necessitates. Now he seeks a new life beyond the walls of the enigmatic Colony—but he wonders: What will it cost him?
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Bucket of Chicken

A fried chicken-addicted off-duty cab driver with chronic acid reflux returns to his vehicle to find a cash-rich passenger in the back seat.
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PARANORMAL

Bucket of Chicken

A fried chicken-addicted off-duty cab driver with chronic acid reflux returns to his vehicle to find a cash-rich passenger in the back seat.
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Satan’s Ridge

In this true story, Cody and his best friend Kyle spend their final summer before adulthood finding the secret shame of their tiny town in rural Maine—Satan's Ridge, a haunted site purposely removed from the map. Sometimes forbidden places are forbidden for a reason.
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Bondye Bon

Heloise’s mother has a secret locked away. When the strands holding that secret in place start to unravel, Heloise will do anything to stop her life from unraveling with it.
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Star Struck

A young man fresh out of school meets the man of his dreams when a movie star rolls into town. But he quickly discovers his new love's dark side. Will the relationship cost him everything?
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Cousin Benny

Narrated in the style of Room by Emma Donoghue, a young boy grows increasingly frustrated when his cousin, who suffers from a mysterious illness, moves into his attic.
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Chickenscratch

Forced to live with unfriendly relatives on an Arkansas farm, Cooper accepts strange chicken feed from a sinister salesman that impacts the chickens in unexpected ways.
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Mona Luna

If you never met her, you’d think she was a real nice lady, yeah. Good with kids, never kicked no dog. Never sang a hymn out of tune. On Tuesdays and Thursdays she works down at the shelter, handing out socks and toothbrushes. I go barefoot in my boots rather than take a single thing from Mona Luna.
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POETRY

Honey Bear

“Come outside, dearest mine. Come taste the spring honey drip-drip-dripping from every hive.” Read this dark poem by Avra Margariti.
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MANGOES

The poem depicts the plight of Medieval villagers who have fallen prey to witches. They visited the hamlet guised as damsels and allured them into consuming the mangoes they had brought as an offering. The rural settlers were unaware of the fact that while they were enjoying this new delicacy, their beating hearts were growing as crops in the witches' lair.
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POST-APOCALYPTIC

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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Impurity

Bill has spent a lifetime surviving in a desolate world by whatever violent means each day necessitates. Now he seeks a new life beyond the walls of the enigmatic Colony—but he wonders: What will it cost him?
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Tommy

Tommy is lost, walking along an abandoned road. He remembers his family and his normal life, but he fails to remember how he got himself on the road he is treading now.
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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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Escalation

Two women - one old, one young - seated at a table inside a small room, playing a game. Overhead a black drone equipped with two cameras buzzes quietly. The women talk to each other in a friendly way and touch the game pieces tentatively, as though they are still learning the rules. The older one is dressed in all-black; the younger wears white. On each of their necks is a small red mark - perhaps an insect bite, or a wound that's halfway to healing. Outside the room the rest of the world watches, seized by terror but unable to look away.
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The Taste of Ashes

After a global pandemic, collecting the dead and bring them to the burning pits is a legit way to make a living. On her first day on the job, a young woman needs to learn the basics, and learn them fast.
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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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PSYCHOLOGICAL

The Pounding Little Skull Nails

Fred Rowe fears the pounding little skulls nails. The old man hates them. Wishes they'd stop torturing him, because that's what they do: torture, and -- eventually -- one day, they'll finally kill Fred Rowe. Finish him off for good. End it all. Goodbye. Until then -- nearly everyday -- Fred Rowe sits in his darkness and waits for the pounding little skull nails.
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Mona Luna

If you never met her, you’d think she was a real nice lady, yeah. Good with kids, never kicked no dog. Never sang a hymn out of tune. On Tuesdays and Thursdays she works down at the shelter, handing out socks and toothbrushes. I go barefoot in my boots rather than take a single thing from Mona Luna.
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Tommy

Tommy is lost, walking along an abandoned road. He remembers his family and his normal life, but he fails to remember how he got himself on the road he is treading now.
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SCIENCE FICTION

Somnambulant

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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Iteration 571

Tlachoatl storms a freezing temple floating in space and tries to reach the chamber of the bone god in its heart. He fails again and again, and with every iteration, the temple changes in response.
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No Filter

The love of Lola's life, Terrence, was born blind. Thankfully, he has TruSight, prosthetic eyes that allow him to see. He prefers to keep the EaseFilter on, though, enhancing his surroundings—and Lola—by making everything look a bit better. "No Filter" is a story about love, perception, and self-acceptance.
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Skin Deep

Although she suffers from serious allergic reactions, Indira refuses to get a med-tat. As a prosecutor who has won nine cases against the manufacturer of the implantable biotech, she knows better. But when epinephrine injectors are prohibited, Indira has no choice.
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The Rediscovery of Plants

PS takes not only motion and sound; it takes everything. Every nerve, muscle, and neuron. Every thought, idea, and sentiment. By the time sufferers reach puberty, they are not human.
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STAFF FAVES

Impurity

Bill has spent a lifetime surviving in a desolate world by whatever violent means each day necessitates. Now he seeks a new life beyond the walls of the enigmatic Colony—but he wonders: What will it cost him?
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Touching Distance

A blind man has volunteered to work on a research project that is using tactile feedback supplied by a bodysuit to represent visual information. As he navigates a simulation of an outdoor environment, he encounters virtual ghosts from his past, which crawl over his body, culminating in the recreation of a fatal incident he was involved in years ago. Can he understand what and why this is happening before it drives him mad, and so find peace at last?
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Tabula Rasa

Eve, a single mother whose dreams of becoming an artist were shattered by an unplanned pregnancy, struggles with escalating feelings of resentment and regret that threaten her sanity—and the safety of her young daughter.
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Escalation

Two women - one old, one young - seated at a table inside a small room, playing a game. Overhead a black drone equipped with two cameras buzzes quietly. The women talk to each other in a friendly way and touch the game pieces tentatively, as though they are still learning the rules. The older one is dressed in all-black; the younger wears white. On each of their necks is a small red mark - perhaps an insect bite, or a wound that's halfway to healing. Outside the room the rest of the world watches, seized by terror but unable to look away.
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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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