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ORIGINAL FICTION: "Free Are The Stars, Part III" by Richard Anderson [Conclusion]

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PLEASE NOTE: This is the conclusion of a three-part story. Part one is available here: And Part Two is available here: : ****************************** It might have been women's intuition or just logic but Natsuki was right: they were not going to just let them go. Even as Hull was sending ships to pick up the last of the refugees from Low Earth Orbit, America made its move.

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ORIGINAL FICTION: "Free Are The Stars, Part II" by Richard Anderson

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PLEASE NOTE: This is Part Two of a three part story. Part one is available here: *****************************

Natsuki and John were having the same argument they’d been having since the morning after their wedding.

“John you should be the chairman,” Natsuki said one more time.

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ORIGINAL FICTION: "Free Are The Stars" by Richard Anderson

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Last year, Richard Anderson wrote "Visions of Sound," an excellent story about humanity's first voyage to another star. This time out, he's written a prequel to that story, explaining how the world depicted in "Visions" came to pass. We will be serializing this story, but in keeping with our new policy of giving our readers great big steaks rather than literary chicken nuggets, the installments will be much longer. The story will conclude on March 21st.

So, without further ado, we are very please to present "Free Are The Stars,"

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October 30 2042

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ORIGINAL FICTION: "Bear 2.0" by Tessa Dick

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Welcome to our first new story of 2010!

To help us celebrate our return to running original fiction, Tessa Dick has generously allowed us to repring her short story, "Bear 2.0," a tale of futurewar, cybernetics, and the devaluation of the human soul. We're pretty excited about this, since this is not only our first original story of the new year, but it's also our first story by a published author, rather than our normal gaggle of talenten amateurs. It comes from Tessa's 2008 anthology, "Quachi and Other Stories and Poems."

Tessa has been a great friend to us and our site, and we're deeply indebted to her for allowing us the loan of her talented mind. Thank you, Tessa! We appreciate it!

The complete story is under the jump.

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ORIGINAL FICTION: "Visions of Sound" by Richard Anderson

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Amber Dawn Watez sat in a corner booth of the lounge, her drink forgotten as she read the latest test reports on project 1701. To an outside observer she was just staring off into space humming to herself, but in reality she was deep into the charts graphs and mathematical modeling of the report that were display on a pair of contact lens she wore. The Lenses made her eye color seem to shift every few seconds as she changed pages, a byproduct of the obsolete technology she was using.

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ORIGINAL FICTION: "Dog Days"

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Although there had been a couple unofficial contacts between Humans and Aliens previously, they were not well documented at the time, and didn’t become common knowledge until long after the contact with the Tractus Canis, (or, if you’re pedantic, Intercapedo Canis) so the Canis indecent remained fixed in everyone’s mind as the ‘first contact’, much as Lindberg’s crossing of the Atlantic was remembered as a first, or Columbus’ discovery of America was regarded as a first: none of them actually were, but 99% of the world’s population would swear they really were.

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ORIGINAL FICTION: We're gonna' be changing a few things around here in 2010

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Hi, everyone.

We've gotten a number of complaints from the people who read our Original Fiction section. They say that they like our stories (Thank you very much!), but that the way we serialize them makes 'em really hard to follow, and kind of kills the interest in the stuff. Our numbers would seem to bear that out: New stories start out with boffo reads, and as each installment comes online, the numbers decline.

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