Whether exploring the difficulties of setting up a surprise party for a hivemind or sending us to a future where debt collectors have gotten deadly serious about the whole payment plan issue, these stories have plenty to say about life beyond Earth — and they do it all in just six words.
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No death allowed, payments still due
"That ring?, Came with donor's hand"
Surprise party: difficult concept for hiveminds.
Emotions. Half off for new conversions!
Keyboard, no! Type what I write!
I shall fake my own birth.
Nanobot toothpaste, now in spearmint flavour.
"Artificial? My intelligence is real. Farewell."
In hyperspace, lightspeed is slower. Sorry!
2020 Olympics: Teleportation banned in marathons
Fresh meat available at Human Resources.
"Talking animals? Nevermore!" quoth the raven.
Her heart sank. "Cardioflotation Chamber: Drained."
Death comes for all but one.
"They're photographs" he told King Arthur.
"I cheated on the Turing test..."
Time travel was his "retirement plan".
"Why hello there," said the disease.
Earth- Status: Uninhabitable. Population: Twenty Seven
Image: Artist's concept of spacelab / NASA