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Editorial

An Eclectic Editorial

eclectic: adj. composed of elements drawn from a variety of sources, styles, etc. That’s the best word to describe this issue. Wish dragons, loneliness, and just plain crazy-creepy. We’re also excited to offer you podcasts of two of our stories, and interviews with their authors! Our first story, “Small Wishes” by Carol Otte, takes us […]

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In This Issue

It’s getting chilly here in New Jersey. Plants are fading, sunset is coming earlier. We’re slowly descending into the gloom of winter. The approach of the season brings its own pleasures, too, often stemming from the juxtaposition of opposites: a cup of hot apple cider steaming in the cool outside air, the smell of burning […]

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Lightening Up A Little

After last month’s moody issue — appropriately for an October issue, it was filled with death: premeditated, living, and accidental — I thought we should have a little fun. We start with “My Superpower” by Leslie A. Dow. I won’t say much about it, except to note that it sounds like the sort of blessing […]

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In This Issue

Traditionally, second-anniversary gifts are made of cotton. Last year, I noted that a paper anniversary is ironic for a Web site; this year, I saw no connection until I thought of the saying in the title, which made me think of how brief our stories are. Since that’s what’s passing for cleverness right now, I […]

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In This Issue

Thanks very much for joining us in the new year. We hope that this year will be an improvement on the last one for you and yours in the ways that count most. The Preditors & Editors Poll runs through January 14. We would be honored by nominations or votes in any of the appropriate […]

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Numbers, Numbers Everywhere

Sometimes, as I’m putting together an issue, I realize that the stories I’m publishing are all related somehow. This month it’s not completely true, but only one of the items isn’t number-related. I’ll get to that in a minute. First, the Preditors & Editors Poll numbers. Thanks to all of you who voted for us; […]

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In This Issue

Two admininstrative notes. First, you can follow me on Twitter, if you don’t mind IT, political, and other tweets that aren’t related to Flash Fiction Online, or you can follow flashfictionmag instead, if you just want the literary stuff: story announcements, blog posts, etc. Second: blog posts? Yes, staffer Bill Highsmith regularly posts to the […]

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April Foolery

It’s April, and I like to get a little silly. ZigZag Strikes Again is by Professor Jonathan Vos Post. I think it’s better to let him tell us about it. “It is a in one sense Hard Science Fiction (the historical episodes about Einstein come to me from him, as he was mentor to Rebert […]

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…Bring May Flowers: Stories Of Transformation

I don’t always choose the theme for a given issue. Sometimes it just presents itself. Much fiction is about transformations of one sort or another, but rarely is it hammered home so explicitly and wonderfully as in this month’s stories. First up this month is a story by science fiction writer John C. Wright. He […]

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Classic Flash

Suppose I asked you for the name, editor, and publication date of the book whose introduction contains this question: “How short can a short story be and still be a short story?” Many people who are familiar with flash fiction would point to Flash Fiction, a book edited by James Thomas, Denise Thomas, and Tom […]

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