This week's story is science fiction. Here's a preview:
A Dreamscapes Story
by Alicia VanNoy Call
The shuttle dips, low over a stand of trees, before the city bursts into view.
"Set her down over there," Hendricks says.
We land in the town square -- clock tower on one end, playground on the other. Benches and tables and trees with spring leaves shedding a flowery scent over the scene.
I step first onto the paving stones. Holding the scanner up, I survey the landscape. Nothing.
“It's clear, sir.” I tap a few buttons.
Hendricks comes down the ramp. He walks a little ahead of me, turns in a circle.
"The plague's been here too."
"Yes, captain," I say.
"Well, let's have a look."
He walks through the square, weapon holstered. Birds scatter from a puddle as he splashes through it. There is a littering of seed pods and the wind and nothing else.
I put the scanner away.
It's the same here, as it has been in every city we've found on this world.
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