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Editorial

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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In Living Memory

This month’s stories are all sort of past-perfect, for you grammar wonks; all of them involve things the main characters once had. Polenth Blake’s main character in “Through Amber Eyes” seems to be looking for her past, but, knowing she can’t find it, takes a different route to knowing who she is. I enjoyed this […]

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Before Your Next Critique Group…

Have you writers ever been critiqued in such a scathing, vicious fashion that you don’t know whether you want to crawl into a hole or beat the critquer with a bat? Can you imagine getting that kind of critique from Mark Twain? I don’t know what James Fenimore Cooper did on reading Twain’s critique of […]

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Playing Dice With The Issue

Chance also plays a role in “The Numbers Game” by Michael Aaron. This starts off like stereotypical sword-and-sorcery, but there’s an unusual reason that everything seems to fall into place just so. Even our Classic Flash starts off with a bet, and although that’s not the point of the story, the ending left me saying, […]

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