Peace Tour By Hawk and Young

Touring the ship, the alien took us past a room where giant purple manatees were attached at the nipples to long tubes. "Their milk is our only food," explained the translator. The next room was full of weapons "for defense only" he promised. I snapped a picture and the alien rounded on me, his skin …

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Final Freedom by Karen D. Yun-Lutz

We were bored. The waiting impossible. Starved to see the vibrant colors of the sky and feel the earth beneath our feet. As teenagers do, we broke the rules. No one would miss the shuttle--at least not at first. I piloted us through the stars, breaking the atmosphere. Whoops of joy came from the others.  We …

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Spaceport News Headlines by Gerri Leen

Spaceport to Open Sunday; Custodians Sent Ahead Help Wanted:  Custodial Trainee Program Accident at the Spaceport—All Dead! Help Wanted:  Spaceport Custodial Experience a Must Spaceport Jinxed? Help Wanted:  Spaceport Custodial Experience Preferred Third in a Row; Space Agency Investigating Deaths Help Wanted:  Want to Go into Space? Insider Says Space Agency Investigating Strange Noises, Objects …

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Requires Replenishment by Marc A. Criley

Hot tires buzzing. Backseat child whimpering. Dead alien in trunk. Shitohshitohshitohshit. # Dropped kid at my sister's, grabbed a shovel. Got the stink-eye. # Hours down dead desert tracks. Kill engine, pop the trunk. Grab shovel, haul the heptapoder. Ten minutes shoveling--a shoulder poke. I turn. "JESUS CHRIST!" and fall on my ass. "It was …

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