Flash Fiction

Fidget

Dubious captains, drones, economies built around recycled rocket boosters, and love.

Dramatis Personae

A speculative riff on T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men and the lack of interpersonal connection in the modern world. This is the way the world ends: When it can’t afford to pay the supporting cast.

The Witch’s Wife

There’s a strange game the local children play in the woods, one where there are only three things you can be: the Witch, the Witch’s Wife, or Soup.

Swatted

Cara McHenry has only one chance to get a lead on her kidnapped sister, but the only ace up her sleeve is surprise . . . if she can hold her nerve.

Four Season War

The seasons pass, and recruit Charlie-7 loses himself in war.

Disgruntled

An email subscriber becomes disillusioned and frustrated with the effects of a blog’s magical advice.

The Laws of Nature

Two space prospectors, Zdenek and Sarika, encounter an unusual unknown life form in space. Due to carelessness, the first contact with it turns out to be too harsh and the situation escalates…

Komorebi

An android physician achieves a fleeting moment of sentience.

Ascending

Does the value of true peace transcend the means of its own achievement?

The Uryuom Plight

Trapped on a backward planet hundreds of light-years from home, a brave astronaut hides in plain sight among the resident aliens and laments the dying world he left behind.

For Love, I Tear

A not-quite-human entity roams the world, hoping to find true love before her kind is erased from existence.

Twinkle Twinkle

A mother, son, and grandmother evacuate a dark, frozen planet earth but dread something even worse.

Decision Tree

Trapped in a life pod attached to a dying spacecraft, an aging, battle-weary engineer has less than three minutes to live and an impossible choice to make. However, thanks to two computer programmers—over 100 years in the past—he’s not alone.

A Rational House

A tightly wound architect is forced to extremes when ridding her house of a man who keeps growing from the walls.

Before

What happens when today’s interstellar travelers meet those that arrived before them?

Everything is a Rocket Ship

There’s something I never told you, but I think you’re old enough now to know. I have a magic inside me. It lives between the lines in my fingertips and changes what I touch so I can fly away to a world far less frightening.

A Mother Knows

After fertility reached an all time low, fertile women are inseminated in an effort to save humanity. While caring for her dying child, one mother takes measure to ensure she won’t have another baby.

A Last Word

An author must tell his three elderly leading characters that he is handing them over to someone else.

Honeybee and the Blot

An unusual rendezvous takes place in outer space. The synthetic creature known as Honeybee brings a young man’s soul to her lover, an entity called the Blot. Yet Honeybee begins to question her relationship with the Blot after it treats her poorly.

Never Gone

Gertrude haunts an office chair at night. But how to get rid of a slightly-annoying ghost?

Tik Tok Man

The five second burst of sound cycled over and over, breaking against his thoughts like waves against a levy, overwhelming him, washing him away.

The Falls of Imoletta

One can spend an entire lifetime searching for something, only to find it lies just beyond your grasp – and your lifetime has vanished in the blink of an eye.

Trapper

Jenny hangs the traps every sunset. She measures the string against her arm and wraps it twice around each jar tied with a double knot. She hangs them from the strongest branches of the big dead oak on Hangman’s Hill.

Lighthouse In The Desert

There is something special about desert at night: A dark-grey sea of emptiness stretched before us, with nothing but sand dunes and tall, sharp rocks for miles around. If we watched closely, we’d see it was crawling with life, with snakes, scorpions, and other little nightmares, but I kept my eyes on the road, and the hitchhiker – Joey – stared at the sky.

The Mascareri

The oldest mask shop in Venice has a mask for everything, and the owner will take whatever you have to offer.

Universal Story

When I mentioned the Kintoc spring tale of relocating entire lakes using braided ropes, a herd of elk and sub-zero temperatures, I didn’t consider that I might soon be living all of it.

Out Here

A century ago, a question blossomed in our awareness that has tormented each subsequent generation’s brightest scientific minds. Since other intelligent life must be out there in a universe so vast, why haven’t they found us yet?