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Smug and Omnipotent

Somewhere in Manhattan, the modern forbidden city of the new empire, at the summit of one of the towering steel and glass monoliths, was one of the many enclaves of luxury in the sky. It served as a marble crusted sanctuary of indulgence for the robber barons of the world. The penthouse was their answer to the castles the old lords had occupied. Tyler Harris, a 34-year-old hedge fund manager, stood alone on a balcony that overlooked the sea of lights that was the shimmering of the empire's crown jewel. He was a tall and very handsome man in the classical sense. His angular features were chiseled out of lightly tanned skin. His hair was neatly trimmed and gelled, and his sports coat was perfectly pressed with not one visible wrinkle. He stood with perfect posture and radiated confidence. His rise in the rather Darwinian landscape of the financial sector had been nothing short of meteoric. He sipped his drink and leaned over the balcony's railing. He realized he was more than a li…

An Unorthodox Nuclear Family

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They unleashed a fire that devoured the world in a flash. The sound of air-raid sirens heralded the end of the world like the trumpets of angels. Everyone still alive was left to experience the death throes of a planet that now resembled nothing more than an animal doused in gasoline and set ablaze by a match. The raging infernos raced across the continents leaving a charred, cold, and decaying shell. There were only two kinds of people left, the dead and the dying. The bomb’s fires had unleashed pillars of smoldering acrid clouds which quickly spread across the sky, blanketing the earth in an ebony death shroud, forever blocking the sun from the sky. Ash constantly fell from the clouds like snow quickly blanketing the entire planet, plunging the world into eternal winter. The great cities of the world were now vast plains of twisted steel and concrete, the only human remains the radiation sickened living corpses who with their last bit of strength were hemorrhaging from the orifices le…

Bumble

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(image from https://www.instagram.com/ozotheclown/)
Evolution does not always lead to greater complexity, quite often the opposite is true. The natural history of this planet is rife with examples of organisms that grew simpler over time, and it was a simplification that allowed them to become so pervasive. The same is sometimes true of technology. The hands of man that manipulate and bend nature are still bound by it. It's man's ability to not only modify the living world around him, but in his ability to create, that makes him the mirror image of God’s, and just like the creations of God, their creations were often designed with malice, and often brought with them horror, chaos, and unimaginable destruction. By this time the scourges unleashed by man were constantly evolving and innumerable. One of these was an electronic creature classified as a Neural Infiltration Unit, but those more intimate with it simply referred to it as “The Bug…

Ivan Kommt!

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There were hundreds of them standing at the edge of the forest. Patchworks of advanced units of the Red Army were congregating under the towering pine trees trying to shield themselves from the cold rains of early spring that fell in sheets from the gray sky. The restless soldiers had spent the last thirty or so minutes watching a captured self-propelled German artillery piece-a field gun that resembled a tank lumbering back a forth, its electric turret as it moved from left to right, the barrel adjusting its elevation up and down. The iron cross-painted on the side was splattered with mud from soldiers hurling clumps of earth at it while making bets on who could hit the center. In the gun’s sites was a house in a small German farming village that sat on the horizon. It was just a few houses and barns, too small to even appear on any of the military maps. Normal protocol would have been to burn it down and move on, but Germans had hit them with machine gunfire from there. Gray and black…