Flash Fiction

Three Centuries. Same Radio.

Reading Time: 3 minutes When reaching out to the stars above, the space beyond or the ether, we allocate disproportionate energy into preparing to cast the nets over catching the fish. What do we do with it?

Hyacinth

Reading Time: 3 minutes The allure of prospecting a deserted Mars becomes so compelling that nothing else matters. Not even love.

Day Three

Reading Time: 4 minutes Sometimes, speed dial presents unexpected answers….

Limb Regeneration Therapy

Reading Time: 3 minutes Will this be the doctor who finally takes on Aki’s limb regeneration? It’s the sixth alien specialist and hope is slowly vanishing from his eyes.

Superfine

Reading Time: 4 minutes Lightyears from home, a miner toils on a moon, gradually being hollowed out. They scrape a life, money to support their family, and something like friendship, from the dirt. But when disaster strikes, they are forced to make a hard decision.

Situation

Reading Time: 3 minutes What happens when a young mage tries to contain a hell breach? Well, it’s hell.

Top Dog Gone

Reading Time: 4 minutes One day a rabid animal took a bite out of Breeder’s beloved pet and sidekick Top Dog. Top Dog is a muscular, spoiled canine with a colossal appetite. Breeder always let Top Dog play with Creatures, even dangerous and wild ones. He secretly got a kick out of watching Top Dog’s nature grow hellish and animated when he toyed with them. Top Dog also had a talent for dominating Creatures of all kinds. Breeder bragged to Brother often. 

Live Nude Death

Reading Time: 4 minutes A hitman hired to kill the Four Horsemen and prevent the apocalypse has one last target waiting for him in the parking lot of an abandoned strip club. But how do you kill Death?

Spiral Woman

Reading Time: 3 minutes Inspired by both the art of Louise Bourgeois and a news story about a sex-bot repairman, “Spiral Woman” gives a kind of agency to a member of the already-marginalized servant class of the future.

The Dark Constellation

Reading Time: 3 minutes I haven’t seen what the world is running from, and my father won’t tell me. But I have heard what they say in the village. The monsters came from the sky to live in our oceans.

Unintended Peril

Reading Time: 3 minutes Finding a laptop in Mr. Chapa’s secondhand shop was like discovering an Apple watch on an Egyptian mummy. But Vern’s find was another’s tragic loss.

William’s Legacy

Reading Time: 4 minutes A hayride with an old friend from the past unveils uncomfortable truths for Max and his family.

The Lingering Taste of Mars

Reading Time: 3 minutes “I feel like I left my mind on Mars. Even now, I can still hear the wind.” Rosie reaches over from where she sits on her rocking chair and winds her fingers around mine. She hasn’t changed a bit, despite the years I was gone. Her face is still every bit as bright and optimistic …

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Relative

Reading Time: 2 minutes A dying physicist makes a desperate attempt to spare his daughter grief by flying into a black hole.

A Waste of Time

Reading Time: 3 minutes What if your past was a lie and you had the opportunity to go back and change it?

Jingle-jangle

Reading Time: 3 minutes And then I was fading, ears ringing and body broken by shrapnel that jingle-jangled in my pocket, before I failed Christiane.

Misdial

Reading Time: 3 minutes He had the growing sensation that the trees were watching him.

Evacuation: Earth

Reading Time: 4 minutes Evacuating Earth was arguably the most difficult thing ever undertaken by humankind. 

Decoy

Reading Time: 4 minutes Tesca watched as Braygin was enveloped in a blue orb, then winked out of existence along with a little section of tunnel floor he’d been standing on.

Twinkle

Reading Time: 2 minutes A band of faeries endeavors to help a worthy little girl by doggedly placing wish opportunities in her path.

House Keepers

Reading Time: 3 minutes When civilization begins to crumble, the 1 percent retreat to their summer homes.

The Old Storms

Reading Time: 3 minutes The old storms have gone away, and a little wonder has gone out of the world with them. Can they be brought back?

A New Home

Reading Time: 3 minutes What makes a house a home? In the future, we might not have to be the ones who decide that.

Concerto

Reading Time: 4 minutes A haunted musician is compelled to make music for creatures he finds in the shadows…

Bellatrification

Reading Time: 4 minutes In a society where everybody is beautiful, physical imperfection becomes a career move.

Second Bite

Reading Time: 4 minutes A dentist with a dark family history receives a request to fit a patient with a very unique set of teeth.

Metaphors be with You

Reading Time: 3 minutes Neville Schroeder was a fireplug. He stood barely five feet tall, red, shabby, and pedestrian. Professor Connelly towered over him, a giant oak tree of a man with a silk paneled vest, tweed coat and tie, expensive glasses, and a neatly trimmed beard.

Silence

Reading Time: 5 minutes “Listen to me,” said the Demon as he placed his hand upon my head. “The region of which I speak is a dreary region in Libya, by the borders of the river Zaire. And there is no quiet there, nor silence.”