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Sheltering In Place

A young office worker, following the shelter-in-place order, chatted with remote friends. OW: I’ve binge-watched the entire Cheers and Friends series. What next? FRIEND1: Don’t know. Boredom is killing me! FRIEND2: Practicing my drums. Neighbor threatened to shoot me. OW: … Continue reading

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A Painful, Safe Place

Sheriff Moulson knew Franklin was an alien. But as folks went, he was a ray of light. What Moulson absolutely hated was when Franklin constantly played Madonna songs in the diner. Still, when floodwaters threatened the whole town, Franklin was … Continue reading

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Interesting Times

The ancient Chinese curse goes like, “May you live in interesting times.” As Jim walked out of the little market, a Precious Bag of scarce, hard-to-find items in his hand, he couldn’t help but think about the curse. He lived … Continue reading

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Stealing Jobs

The curtain closed and all the android actors retreated backstage to their charging pads. All except Theodore. He withdrew his cell phone and began recording, “It’s so hard getting an acting job since androids stole all the parts on Broadway. … Continue reading

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The Toto Problem

Brothers Evan and Bruce McCormick produced the first hyperspace drive in a red barn in Kansas. The first flight proved enormously successful; getting home was the problem. The controller, cobbled from Bruce’s Sega game system proved inadequate for control. Evan … Continue reading

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Resourcefulness

Life had been difficult since the Pytharga invaded. Humanity held on, proving more resourceful than the alien Snails expected. “I hate it when it rains,” said Georgi. “Perfect weather for the Snails.” “I know,” said Nadya, gazing out rain-streaked kitchen … Continue reading

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Future University

Phil and John stood in a long line of candidates waiting to rise up on the escalator to a new life. Phil said, “This looks like a scene from Logan’s Run.” John scoffed, “Don’t be childish.” “Yeah okay, sorry,” said … Continue reading

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