The Dig

by Bennett Cohen

As the world faces environmental collapse, a group of archaeologists venture into a toxic desert wasteland, determined to unearth a lost civilization. Can this ancient disaster help them avert their own ruin?

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Digital Antiquities

by J.P. Chan

In 2036, all digital media is permanently stored in “the cloud.” Data recovery store employee Cat, and Kai — a young man with an old compact disc — discover a secret that will unite them forever.

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Elliot King Is Third

by Rosemarie Troche

In 2024, gender is identified by microchip implant, and trans people like Elliot are classified “third.” But can he change his identity in an attempt to build a safer life?

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Excarcerated

by Aldo Velasco

A young man convicted of a violent crime is released into an AI surveillance-assisted, community service-based alternative to incarceration.

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Exposure

by Mia Trachinger

In a world where people are employed as live body contagions to immunize urban populations, an unvaccinated man resists being inoculated.

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Fallout

by Ben Rekhi

Los Angeles has fallen victim to a nuclear attack from an unknown aggressor. In the aftermath of the bombing, a young man’s search for his girlfriend highlights the human toll of eternal war.

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Gunny

by Patrick Stettner

A young female soldier returns home after a traumatic tour of duty, taking a new medication that can selectively erase memories.

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Happy Fun Room

by Greg Pak

The host of a once-popular kid’s show clashes with child co-stars and crew. The world’s changed and the show’s messages may no longer apply. Can she adapt?

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Hollow

by Lisa Robinson

The web is no longer secure, but NeuroLock™ can encrypt data using the human brain. Iris struggles to choose between unemployment and a job as a “neuro-messenger,” a career with unwanted side effects.

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Laura Keller - NB

by Mo Perkins

With global population at an extreme high, federal fertility lotteries now determine who can and can’t reproduce. When one woman learns that she will be permanently sterilized, her faith in the system is shaken.

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