The world of science fiction, although it sometimes seems so far away from what we know as reality, has roots in the world around us today. Add in some extreme imagination and a radical escalation of human capabilities or imperfections, and there is some pretty viable material to build on. Perhaps that is why some say the genre is uniquely equipped to hold up a mirror to the present. We at Mayday Magazine happen to believe in the power of fictional stories to grow our minds and imagination. Take a listen to the future — maybe nearer than we think — with these original shorts.