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Anarchists Guide to Time Travel: Time travel doesn’t have to be dry or chaotic, it can be fun too. Spread some 😊 around. Watch ‘em go crazy.

 Recent excavations at the Hittite city of Karkemish have revealed a different picture of the allegedly warlike society, as a jug with a smiley face on it has been found. The discovery provides further weight to the theory that the human smile has been graphically represented since well before 1950, with other evidence including a smiling face visible in the signature of Cistercian Abbot Bernard Hennet in 1741. Harold Gross takes this discovery and gives it an Adams twist – could the smile be evidence of time travelling anarchists? // Alex Massey

//Harold Gross returns with another deposit to the Vault. A professional actor, movie critic, and computer professional, his writing has appeared in F&SF, Analog, on Pseudopod.org, as well as in publications around the globe.//

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All that southern coastline meant we lacked the resources to survive the zombie prawns, fast-scuttlers, near-invisible, so many many legs.

Within the Gulf of Mexico, a dead zone lies beneath the waves. As excess pollutants from farm run off accumulate in the water, they deplete the oxygen in the surrounding water, killing marine life. Mary Alexandra Agner paints this horror into a larger frame – the apocalypse, as an Australian horror film. Throw another zombie prawn on the barbie, will you? And mind the algae in the pool. // Alex Massey

//Mary Alexandra Agner writes of dead women, telescopes, and secrets. She can be found online at http://www.pantoum.org//

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Her parents drone followed her always. Drone-watched kids hung out together, not speaking, the only sound the buzz of the swarm above them.

In China some classrooms broadcast live streams allowing parents—or anyone on the internet—to watch students, from kindergarten to university. This has raised controversy, with many raising the issues of violated rights, harm to personal growth, and the potential harassing comments from strangers. Mass media may focus on the government spying on citizens, but should we not also be asking what harm is caused when we start surveilling our loved ones?

//Zebadiah Mina is a comics writer obsessed with standup comedy & climate change. They write at medium.com/@Zebadiah, and live in Vancouver.//

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Those free from contamination are wired into coffins. We pitch ourselves beyond our biosphere & hope for one final technological success.

For all the silence in the cosmos, it seems that theorists cannot stop making noise about the implications of Fermi’s Paradox. Mathematician Daniel Whitmire once thought this silence indicated humanity lagged far behind – but now he wonders if instead, we’re just average.  If we are typical, Whitmire suggests, it follows that species such as ours go extinct soon after attaining technological knowledge. Rae White takes this discovery and ponders the result our extinction – will we upload ourselves as soon as we are able? // Alex Massey

//Rae White @wings_humming is a tired writer who loves naps & rabbits. They recently won the 2017 @artsqueensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize.//

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We peered in tardigrade’s mouth. A wormhole. Pitched into outer space, water bear’s gob survived earth’s blight. Sturdy, it’d last forever.

After discovering tardigrades can survive  in space, theoretical physicists at Oxford University decided to test three of the most devastating cosmic events at Earth: killer asteroids, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts. They survived. Inspired, D. A. Xiaolin weaves this discovery with the unique classification of the Tardigrade, and their relatives, the worms, twisting reality inside out, and casting us into the gaping maw of science fictions greatest mystery – wormholes. // Alex Massey

//D. A. Xiaolin Spires cartwheels across space-time. Work in Clarkesworld, Retro Future and Analog. @spireswriter daxiaolinspires.wordpress.com//

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Her special pet had her DNA. She went into surgery & woke up with a badly needed new organ… her pet gone. No one told her where it went.

Researchers have created the first pig-human hybrid embryos. The goal is to grow human organs in pigs, then transplant the organs to humans in need of a donor. The possibility of pigs accidentally gaining human brain cells has caused controversy. With the practice of keeping exotic pets, and relatives donating organs to each other, keeping pets who can donate organs to their owners is possible in the near future.

//Zebadiah Mina is a comics writer obsessed with standup comedy & climate change. They  write at medium.com/@Zebadiah and live in Vancouver.//

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A tiny needle samples; the pain unnoticed in her Trojan finger. DNA turns into bits and she smiles as the locks disengage. The data is hers.

Researchers from the University of Washington have demonstrated how DNA can be encoded to infect computers. Malicious software was encoded into physical strands of DNA, creating a program that corrupts gene-sequencing software. In an eerie mirror image of Stephenson’s Snow Crash, it then takes control of the underlying computer. Harold Gross gives the story a bio-punk twist, with a dash of scientific reality. // Alex Massey

//Harold Gross returns with another deposit to the Vault. A professional actor, movie critic, and computer professional, his writing has appeared in F&SF, Analog, on Pseudopod.org, as well as in publications around the globe.//