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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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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Tooth and Talon by Alex Hernandez

Oya recklessly swung at number one and missed her completely. They were ridiculously quick, and she wished she’d been better trained in hand-to-hand combat. She honestly didn’t know what the hell she was doing.

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A Taste of Empty by Dorian Graves

An essay by Jonah Greenwich, as provided by Dorian Graves
Originally published in Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2015

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The Genius Asylum
by Arlene F. Marks

The truth is out there…
Earth Intelligence and Space Installation Security each think Drew Townsend is working for them. They’re wrong.

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