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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 […]


…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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


An Alumni Issue

I’ve said before that themes seem to suggest themselves with many issues. In this case, it’s the authors who are similar rather than the stories: They’ve all been published in Flash Fiction Online before. In March, we published Andrew Gudgel’s “On Green Hills”. This month, he brings you “Tags”. The only way I can think […]


Slouching Toward Halloween

With Halloween coming up, I thought it might be nice (?) to serve up a few horror stories. Zombies have become a bit too trendy, as Becoming Normal shows. When She’s Ready isn’t supernatural horror, and might not be categorized as horror at all, but it still seems to merit a place here. Childhood Fears […]


In This Issue

This month’s first story is “Canine 401(k)” by Gina Sakalarios-Rogers. I liked this one (if “like” is the right word — it’s not exactly a pleasant premise) because it’s such a clear vision of different personalities: rule-oriented and results-oriented, emotional and cynical, idealistic and pragmatic. Next we have “Dragonslayer” by Peter McLean. It’s a fantasy. […]


A New Year

This is our third anniversary issue; our first issue went live in December of 2007. Congratulations to us. 🙂 I guess we like to start new things with Bruce Holland Rogers. He was one of the first authors we published, with the story “Reconstruction Work.” (The other author was Suzanne Vincent, who later joined the […]


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