The Continuum by Wendy Nikel

For years, Elise has been donning corsets, sneaking into castles, and lying through her teeth to enforce the Place in Time Travel Agency’s ten essential rules of time travel. Someone has to ensure that travel to the past isn’t abused, and most days she welcomes the challenge of tracking down and retrieving clients who have run into trouble on their historical vacations.

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Weather is a Zero-Sum Game by Judith Field

An essay by Sam Keegan, as provided by Judith Field
(Originally published in Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2014)

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Birthing Fire by Dantzel Cherry

An essay by Dr. Henrik Ahlstrom, as provided by Dantzel Cherry
(“Birthing Fire” previously appeared as the 2nd place winner in the Story Star Publishing Short Story Contest in 2012; reprinted in Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2017)

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Arkham K-12 Science Fair by Jeannie Warner

A recording by Clifford Winter III, Ph.D., as provided by Jeannie Warner
(Originally published in Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2015)

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Dreamers by Donna Glee Williams

At the age of sixteen, the Dreamer has given up her own life to act as the conduit for the divine dreams that must be interpreted for the survival of the village. Love and relationships are forbidden. Even though her needs are provided for, she longs to be free. The cost of being the Dreamer is not just freedom. When her dreams begin to wane beneath the weight of duty, she is to be killed, quietly replaced by the next Dreamer. Hers is a fate that is kept as quiet as the sacred Garden that is her prison and her place of dreams; guarded night and day against the wayward trill of even the most well-meaning songbird.

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Sticks and Stones by Angèle Gougeon

Sandra Daron knows what it’s like to die. Every time she touches someone, she experiences their last moments; burning, drowning, choking, dead.

Her visions shatter any pretense of normal she might wish she had. She’s a freak, isolated and alone in her small town junior high school. Her parents don’t care what she does or where she goes and all she wants to do is get by without being noticed.

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Beltrunner by Sean O’Brien

As an independent beltrunner mining asteroids in the frontier of space, Collier South is a dying breed. Scrounging and cutting corners to work cheap, Collier isn’t a stranger to lean times and make-do repairs; in fact his onboard computer hasn’t had outside maintenance in years and its beginning to show its personal quirks.

When Collier finds an asteroid that shows promise, he thinks he’s bought himself some time. But his claim is stolen out from under him by his vindictive ex-lover and her shiny new corporate ship. Powerless against the omnipotent mining corporations, Collier has always been too stubborn to give-up without a fight. Broke and desperate, Collier has one last chance to land a strike. If he doesn’t come back with ore, he’ll end up destitute and trading his own biologicals for his next meal.

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From Moon to Joshua by Matthew Moffitt

The real devil is the one waiting inside of you.

What would you do if there was an evil inside you that you couldn’t stop? And how would you live with yourself when you realized it?

Blending science fiction, a dystopian world, and the old west, From Moon to Joshua is – at the heart of it – a tale about how one man answers those very questions.

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Pick Your Teeth With My Bones by Carrie Newberry

She has a tail. Normal is relative.

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Bad Rock Beat Down by Michael Prelee

The starship repossession agents of Milky Way Repo are sent to the desolate settlement of Bad Rock to retrieve a vessel. Once there, they become entangled with a notorious thug running a smuggling operation for the Syndicate. Struggling to do the right thing while trying to complete their job, things go seriously awry with deadly consequences.

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