What if you could hear your dog’s thoughts?
NOTE FROM EDITOR: Unintended Recognition is a short science fiction story about a young man who accidentally uncovers a glitch in a new computer program. This glitch has unforeseen consequences…especially when it affects the relationship between Hank and his lovely neighbor Suzie. It’s our biggest hope that you enjoy this short story. So without further ado, here’s, “Unintended Recognition”
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For I am not interested in beauty nor ornateness. Every bulkhead, every alcove of functionality shall serve a direct purpose.
Even symmetry is secondary and expendable. The design’s true beauty shall be self-evident by its versatility and power.
Empty corridors may seem superfluous and redundant. Yet the best technology utilizes an understanding of contained voids.
As the process comes closer to completion, answers will reveal themselves as nothing more than
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It is a sad poem indeed. The one that showers dim light upon a fiery sky. The thoughts, the words, the warmth from billions of light years away, how did it get here? And why?
As I look at the night, I see not stars that are illuminated by our sun. Nay, they shine of their own light. Or do they? For isn’t their light shared between the
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The Weary Dime
So you’ve found me.
Among the dirt,
along the road.
Thought you’d never notice.
Don’t pick me up.
Don’t look at me.
I’m a mess.
Don’t see me.
In a pocket full of keys and coins I wait.
Waiting to be discarded…
Waiting to be given as a tip to some barista.
Others go in the clear box.
But I stay.
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By Ron Leighton
Copyright © 2011
In the damp, dark cottage three doors from Gergenon’s lone brothel, Nathaiu struggled with the black-haired woman under him, desperate to get what he wanted. Her frantic exhales were visible in the faint light of the hearth, like the fear in her gray eyes. Did she not understand his need? As he gained control of her flailing limbs, and she settled a little,
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Two chocolate chip cookies and a scoop of vanilla ice cream are at a party. One of the chocolate chip cookies said to the other chocolate chip cookie:
“You just don’t understand!”
“That’s because you do nothing but mumble.”
“The only reason why I mumble is because I’m depressed.”
“I’d be depressed too if I was made with a rolling pin instead of a spatula.”
“The only thing you know
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I walked into Starbucks and noticed there was quite a line. So I waited for the people to receive there beverages with the leverages of the occasional sleeve before the exited the door and felt the breeze enter he store.
Without the least sense of yearning I glanced at the Wall Street Journal from the front page of which I was learning. And I walked up to the counter
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T-Rex and Larry
I’m being chased by a T-Rex Dino. He’s green and big and scary. Why he’s chasing me, I don’t know. He’s screaming my name out… “Larry, Larry.”
I ran towards a cage, hoping for protection. Those big, grey, metal bars…perfect for introspection.
So now I stand, banging this gate…cursing this rotten prison. Yet I am not screaming for my escape, but rather to be let
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Maim said, “A long time ago before anything you know, your race was living on the planet that you call Earth, you were less technologically advanced but you were conscious and intelligent, your civilization was living in small leather houses and used to share everything for the good of the group.”
Chris, “Leather houses? Sounds like Native Americans.”
Maim said, “Perhaps, but you were very peaceful and
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Why did the slice of white bread hire a math tutor?
Back with my brethren, In the field of green, It was once red and ripe, The taste of victory, Our spirits are one, With the stones of the ancients, We rest-yet are alert at our posts, Here we shall laugh and raise our goblets, And spill wine unto the Earth true warriors never die
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I would tell you I love you
I would tell you I love you,
But to do that would take words,
How can words tear apart a galaxy?
And pull planets and the Orion belt closer…
Because like a hole in space, I am drawn to thee,
Not yearning for release or to be set free,
But to exist without bliss or desire for empathy.
Because to know bliss
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1145 Hours, October 14, 1947
Bob Weicha enjoyed being Officer-of-the Day.
It was a good change of pace, being treated like an admiral. Trouble was, it happened only on the days he wore the black armband bearing those two white letters, “OD.” At that moment, he was officially the highest ranking officer on the base and he liked the importance. Even his fellow officers at the McCalla Field Mess
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