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All Strange and Terrible Things Are Welcome

Cleopatra (yes, that Cleopatra), is quoted as saying, “All strange and terrible things are welcome, but comforts we despise.” When it comes to life in general, I’m not sure I can agree with her. I like comfortable. I like easy. I prefer not to have terrible things happen. I have to admit, however, that I tend […]

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FXXK WRITING: THE END OF THE RAMBLE

This column begins its fourth year of existence this September. A column I didn’t mean to create, yet that kept growing. A column that has made me a few enemies, a handful of fans, and even a book of the same name. What goals I had were general: challenge conventional wisdom about careers in writing, […]

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alien monster boxing illustration by Dario Bi

Because We Felt Like It

WELCOME TO OUR FIRST SEMI-WHENEVER-WE-FEEL-LIKE-IT FFO CLASSICS ISSUE! After some serious reminiscing, we decided we’d like to share with you some of our staff favorites from past issues, along with a bit of our actual reminiscences on why we love these stories. The hard part, you should know, was narrowing it down to these few, […]

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Freedom Lies in Being Bold

Here in the United States and among our northern neighbors of Canada, many are gearing up once again for their annual celebration of freedom. Barbeque grills are being filled with charcoal, apple pies are browning in ovens, and communities are planning parades and firework displays, all accompanied by the fervent fluttering of flags. It’s only […]

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Of Dads and Randomness

Father’s Day is coming up in the United States. This month we feature a wistful story (“Five Times I Have Slept at Your Bedside” by Jared Adams) of a father who emulates this quote from William Shakespeare: “It is a wise father who knows his own child.” I sat and pondered on that quote for […]

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Phases

*Cue dramatic music*  “It’s the Ciiiiirrrrclllllllllle, the Circle of Liiiiiiiiiife!” I clearly remember the first time I saw The Lion King.  It was July of 1994, me, my toddler, my newborn, and my mother in a classic big-screen theater.  I remember being awestruck by that song, and that stunning opening scene.  Mom?  She said, “It’s […]

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FXXK WRITING: OWN YOUR SHIT, HEROES

So, this column is approaching its third birthday in the fall. If this were a TED lecture, we’d be in the third act of my inspirational journey, where I tell you that I found the meaning of life and made myself wealthy in spirit and cash, and then put my hands in prayer and wait […]

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We Are Not Alone

From H.G. Wells’s tripod-controlling Martians to Douglas Adams’s poetry-loving Vogons, from the cosmic horrors of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos to the scholarly Sorns of C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, science fiction writers and readers alike have long been fascinated with the concept of aliens. Who are these beings from worlds beyond ours? Where have they come from? […]

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Fantastic Ladies

This month’s issue of Flash Fiction Online features four very talented women and four very stellar fantasy/science fiction stories. Three of the authors have published at least one other story in Flash Fiction Online. You can find their bios with lists of their FFO stories here: Samantha Murray “Duck, Duck, Duck” Rebecca Birch “Eyes of Wood, Heart of […]

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Illustration of man and woman kissing by Dario Bijelac

When a Theme Arises Organically

Over the course of the past ten years we’ve done quite a few themed issues. Often magazines or anthologies will have themes, and often they call for submissions of stories with certain themes. We don’t, really. At most we have a separate submission category for Seasonal submissions–stories that might fit a particular holiday. But we […]

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