Far Reaches

The mapping of the cosmos is a tedious thing. Modern ships are equipped with a variety of methods with which to dispel the tedium, but even so, the majority of waking time is spent in solitude and silence, with little to distract from the immeasurable bleakness of interstellar space. I choose to spend most of my travels asleep. Not from necessity, as advancements in human longevity continue to advance long after we perfected the science of cryogenics. My preference for sleep is due rather to the unsettling thought of spending quiet centuries alone while traversing the dark and empty space between the stars. The human mind was never meant to endure such isolation.…

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Laugh Track

“Did you hear that?” I looked up from my magazine at Jo sitting next to me on the couch. She brushed her curly blonde hair behind her ear and looked at me with intense blue eyes. “Hmm? Hear what?” I said. “It was like… static or something.”…

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Progression

It started with “wearables” some time around the beginning of the century, and progressed from there. Smart watches turned into smart sleeves, which led to smart skin—basically flexible skin-colored screens grafted directly onto your body. Smart glasses turned into smart contact lenses, which led to smart optics—augmented reality baked directly into your corneas.…

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Vim Creep

It all started out innocently enough. You experimented with it once or twice in your first year of college, but Nano and Pico were easier—closer to what you had already been using during high school on the Windows machines and Macs.…

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