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OUT FREE

So he was out, free from the computer quest world. The real world, by contrast, was
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NATIVE SPEAKER ENGLISH

"If you don't oil this part there will be big trouble."

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SOMETHING WRONG

Having been successfully push-started, the bus brought them to

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REFORMAT

The subject line said "From Daine about the socks," and although he didn't

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EMOTION

"No emotion, no emotion! If you're going to die in space we need emotion!"

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STATISTICAL EVIDENCE

"Another bloody werewolf!" said Doctor Blix. Where the hell were they all coming from?

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PORT DOMAX

Port Domax, and a cold wind coming off the sea. Filbert's last bronze slethenger got him a room at the Rot. Plus breakfast. If he lived to see breakfast

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THE INTERVIEW


Staple was close to running late for the interview, but, as he ducked into the elevator, he figured he could just make it. And then some bastard - there was no other word for it - some bastard

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INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

"Ryan." There was a note of warning in Maple's voice, so Ryan switched off the dzela. Home life. The company believed in it. He'd been told so as the job interview.

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BLUEBEARD'S MAIL

After they married, he told her "There is just one rule. You must never open my mail."

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FREE TRADE

"You agree in principle with the notion that the market must be free," said the alien.

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GETGO AND MAGGLES GIRL

Getgo, he joined the gang, he was one mean piece of fishknife, as we used to say in the Quarter. Shortly after he joined, he took up with Maggles Girl, who was not my kind of

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UNDER THE ALIEN YOKE

When the aliens arrived on planet Earth, one of the first things they did was to

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AFTER MY SISTER WAS RAPED

        After my sister was raped, we put her in the car and drove her through South Central Los Angeles, she in shock by then, not just from the violation but from the knife wounds.

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THE DOOM OF THE ASTERISKS

        After only ten days on planet Earth, the quasi-immortal Edrinavinski were in a very bad mood. Nuking them had been not just militarily ineffective but also, apparently, bad manners.

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THE VOORSOORIAN BRAIN VIRUS

        When the Voorsoorian Brain Virus got loose, the first place it hit was Washington. Ten days later, George Bush invaded Switzerland.

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PERFECTLY ADJUSTED

        Herbie Mint looked like a regular guy, but he was special. He was perfectly adjusted.

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MEETING MY AGENT

        So we get together in this restaurant in the World Trade Center

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MAKING AN ATOM BOMB

He decided to take the reverse engineering approach.

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NEVER FLY ECONOMY

" .... so they shoved the gag in my mouth. Then they pulled the hood down over my face."


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