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Science fiction, or sci-fi, is a sub-genre of the fantasy section of the CUT library. Sci-fi books centre on imaginative content such as futuristic hypothetical settings, futuristic science and imagined technology. Usually eschewing the supernatural, and unlike those in the related genre of fantasy, the imaginary elements of our sci-fi short stories are largely plausible, within the scientifically established context of the story. Typically set on earth or in space, they may include more traditional elements such as a hero, a villain, and a fantastical quest.  

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dc lauf
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If the public don't have the discipline to watch what they put into their mouths then the state is just going to have to do it for them... "The lines are always long but no one ever complains about that. It’s to be expected. After all, this service is provided by the government. More than that, it’s for our own good.I shuffle along in the queue. The girl behind the plexi-glass window sees me out the corner of her eye and continues to monitor her customer’s products but I know she is thinking about me. The way she purses her lips gives away her disgust. The buzzer sounds and customer 4572 inserts his card into the payment slot. No unauthorised items. His units are deducted, his items are dispatched into suitable biodegradable packaging and off he goes. Relief obvious on his jowly face."
Extra Dimensions
Gill James
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What do you do when you can't find a mutually convenient date? Wouldn't it be good if you could time travel just a little? Unless it got out of hand of course...
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Gill James
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You could smell them, the people who lived in the underpass. The stench hit you before you were even within 200 yards of them. There must be about fifty there now. More arrived every day.
What If and Other Stories
Steve Wilson
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Ten stories rooted in the world of science fiction - What if Hitler had died of a childhood ailment? Can you really change your destiny? The horrors of more than half a century earlier revisited; childhood games across time and space; the girl who wasn't there; an affair that wasn't what it appeared to be; a cinema visit with a difference; strange beasts on an alien world; a cyclical life; the man in the moon bides his time.
Our Future Present
Daniel Touré
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Agent Reid and Agent Slade work for The Agency, an international organisation responsible for the security of the world's leading nations. The future is in their hands.
Lapis Lazuli
E. Don Harpe
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“LAPIS LAZULI,” HE SAID. “That my name.” He was not of this world, never from Earth. Not with those eyes, no. --------------------- This is a work of collaboration by Eugen Bacon and E. Don Harpe.
Lapis Lazuli
Eugen Bacon
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“LAPIS LAZULI,” HE SAID. “That my name.” He was not of this world, never from Earth. Not with those eyes, no. --------------------- This is a work of collaboration by Eugen Bacon and E. Don Harpe.
From a Mouse
C H Widestroke
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If there is ever an anthology called, "Forgotten Animal Voices Through History" then this story will narrowly miss the cut. Robert Burns gave an empathic, if presumptuous, perspective; time to hear from the mouse himself.
Funny Old World
R. G. Tooth
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Have you ever wanted to change the past? Sarah did and what's more she found herself in the privileged position to do so. Will it turn out to her satisfaction, though?
Spirits of the Freeze-Sea
Suzanne Conboy-Hill
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When it’s our birthday, when the ice breaks and the spirits burst through, you have to dodge out of the way and cover your head so they don’t hiss sharp into your ears or quick-grab your tongue
The Mightiest Man In The World
Christian Green
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He was the ultimate superhero, but the age of heroes had dwindled away and it was time to learn the truth from a ghost of the past.
Friday Night, Club West
C H Widestroke
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Ditch is a soldier-turned-club owner. His spoken word venue is the place to go in F23. The law don't like it. Ditch doesn't care. Spoken word will prevail.
An Encounter Too Close
Leyla Leyton
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The triangular craft hovered unnoticed over the wooded area the lights necessary for navigation still unseen by those below.
Truth Tank
Peter Jump
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In the near future, telling the truth is no simple matter. The Truth Tank - ultimate confessional or portal to hell?
Priority Lives
David G Allen
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A man in a suit interrupted the programme. ‘What happened to Noel Edmunds?’ I said. ‘Shhh!’ said Lulu. ‘I want to listen!’ I wanted to know what the banker had said. The man in the suit kept talking. ‘I swear they’re making it up,’ I said. Lulu didn’t answer. She just stared into space. ‘I can’t believe I’ll never see my dad again,’ she said. Not for the first time I feel guilty.
Monolog
Elinor Perry-Smith
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A monstrous hybrid has taken over the planet in pursuit of her creator, whom she now holds in her grasp, the last human on Earth.
Jane
Janet Gogerty
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‘Jane will not be joining us this evening.’ The guests looked up in surprise as Professor William Montecute entered alone though the double doors.
Evacuation
Andrew Davis
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"Run. Hold on to Lizzie’s hand. Don’t Look Back. Look back and you’re dead." Two sisters try to survive in a post apocalyptic world overrun by the terrifying Evacuators, but the resistance is after them...
The Cover Story
Brindley Hallam Dennis
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Apparently, this story was going to be 'disqualified with merit' from an Earlyworks Press competition...but that was too ridiculous...so they gave it Second Prize! It's on of the stories in Talking To Owls (Pewter Rose Press) and you can hear it read on Vimeo.
We Apologise for the Delay
Cherry Potts
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Aliens on the Underground... London Transport would like to apologise for the delay on the Central line this morning. This is due to the discovery of a nest of… um… The message clicked uncertainly into hissing. The listening intensity of the passengers increased as they waited, but the driver did not continue. Ade closed his eyes, waiting for the inevitable explanation. A couple of lanky adolescents in school blazers eyed each other and started giggling. ‘Nazis?’ said the redhead ‘Vipers?’ responded the blond, although they both knew what had been found. The train idled a few more feet into the tunnel.
Human Fossil
Denise Hayes
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'When Sven first suggested that Galatea become a human fossil she had some misgivings...' A futuristic tale inspired by the story of Pygmalion.
Bar-code
Denise Hayes
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Dating is different in a dystopian world...
Something Missing
Clare Chandler
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How can Maya survive in a world where humans are on the verge of extinction and chumps – genetically-modified chimps – keep people to do their dirty work?
 
 

 

 

 

   

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