The Milky Way’s Master of Horror

When I was younger, my parents always knew I was reading the Craters in the Heart series because whenever I finished one of In’cizor Ironcold’s books all my musical compositions would feel like the soundtrack for a blood-splattered budget flick for a solid two months following.  Eventually good ‘ol mum and dad insisted I read […]

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Ecological Purity or Tyranny?

F’vrel, a renowned Martian Xenobiologist, has been arrested on Silkweave, home planet of the eight-legged Venomite people. Official records list his crimes as “trafficking invasive species and corrupting the ecosystems of Silkweave.” The arrest was done in traditional Venomite fashion: by completely cocooning the alleged criminal in webbing. Enraged Martian diplomats have arranged for F’vrel […]

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Can You Own A Moon?

Almost every known planet with sentient lifeforms has a legal standard prohibiting the ownership of that world’s moons. Most of these customs are quite ancient, being written before the rise of faster-than-light travel when colonizing a moon was impossible anyway. However, as the cost of trans-galactic vehicles continues to plummet, more and more companies are […]

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Post Hallowtide

Sarah remembered that when she was little, people would dress up as ghosts, witches or goblins for Halloween.  Now Martians were all the rage.  People would smear themselves in all sorts of gross green makeup and try to add strange appendages to themselves.  Modern trick-or-treaters never got the green of real Martians right.  Martian green […]

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Trapped!

Previously on The Martian Muckraker: For months Sarah of Earth and C’therax of Mars traded information by interplanetary transmission to aid the cause of freedom on both sides of Earth’s Great Barricade.  Earthling authorities want Sarah, an influential political agitator, arrested or killed but lack the political consensus to do so.  C’therax and his allies […]

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Newspaper in Exile

Hello, my name is F’delty.  Would that you could see the tears on the transmitter as I write this… My father was one of thousands of Martians who hailed Mars begging for escape transports the day the Earthlings’ Great Barricade started to rise. For years, we have had no information of the outside galaxy, no […]

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A More Perfect Internet

“C’therax!  W-why h-haven’t you been t-t-transmitting?” Sarah said at the hologram.  For months C’therax had been providing her information to share with the stranded Martian community on Earth.  The past several weeks the signal had been silent and many of the underground Martians were getting worried. Outside she had her speaker blaring rock and roll […]

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What did you know?

C’therax entered the small silver cylindrical habitation.   It was nothing luxurious, but for good reason.  It was expensive to transport anything across Jupiter’s gravity field.  For those who loved gravity diving or wanted to be away from the busier planets though, this moon was the place to be.  Through the shimmer of the gravity shield […]

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