Anomaly Valley

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The grass is purple in that valley.  And the sky is green.  That’s how you will know that you have reached the entrance to the vault.

I never really expected those words from an ancient myth to guide me on this failed expedition.  And it was failed because even if I found the vault, even if I managed to enter it and lay my eyes on what lay within, I would never find my way out again. Continue reading

Attack of the Giant Cyclops Worm

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Janet’s eyes widened when she saw the four-eyed, green-antennaed, maroon-skinned biped before her that only nominally resembled one of her students.  They were waiting in the wings, fifteen minutes out from the start of the next act.  She could already hear people shuffling back into the auditorium from intermission, greeted by sound checks from the kids who were manning the mixing desk. Continue reading

The Fall of the Mirror-god

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If we break the mirror barrier, we would have even greater control over the transformations between matter and energy than ever before. For this knowledge, we humbly ask our new friends from beyond the known stars.

The only worthy god is a fallen god. Because a fallen god must walk the mortal path. Only a fallen god can be stung by nettles, or lashed by biting winds, or blistered by fire, or embraced by the love of a stranger. Continue reading

Sal Saturn and the Planetary Rangers

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sfwk_17aIn the year 2025, humanity received an answer to one of its most fundamental questions: “Are we alone in the universe?”

Only one thousand standard years later, unnoticeable and unfathomable to the greatly aged cosmos, a galactic alliance was formed, a coalition of inhabited worlds bound together in cooperation, friendship, and mutual progress. The Grand Unified Milky Way. The G.U.M. was protected by the Milky Way Planetary Rangers, whose members hailed from every planet in the alliance, and whose mission was to patrol within and outside the borders of their home, the galaxy the Earth humans charmingly named the Milky Way. Continue reading

Star Cloud Descendant

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Star Cloud SymbolThat day, I was outside with my mom admiring the flowers in her garden when I spotted it, or them actually.  Two ships in the sky just under the cottony clouds.  The strange ships were next to each other and seemed to be separate and yet joinable, like modules.  They were so low I could see details, markings on the hull.  I thought I should go get my brother and show him.  He’d appreciate the awesomeness of the sight far more than my mother.  When I pointed up at the sky, she merely shaded her eyes and looked up, acknowledged with a half-hearted mumble, and went back to her watering.  But I knew it would happen.  By the time I ran into the house and got him outside, the ships were gone.  I don’t know why I had made such a big deal about it.  He went inside right before the next sight in the sky happened.  I kept watching as the clouds that had been above the strange ships condensed and spread and contracted until they made a single shape, a five-pointed star. Continue reading