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Science Fiction

Neighbors and Little Thieves

It was Wills’ idea to cut through the fence. Our neighbors had the same garden as us, but ours just had weeds and cheap sunshine. Theirs was filled with soft creatures in pink and goldenrod and blue that had six legs, or maybe four, and they rolled back and forth and squeaked in little piles, […]

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Cerise Sky Memories

I remember a childhood that didn’t exist. Hot apple pies cooling on park benches. Small toes pressed into scorching white sand. Snowball fights leaving crisp, crunchy ice crusted in the collar of my coat. A tangle of neurological connections to construct a lifetime that never was. Things that never happened. Places that don’t even exist. […]

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Flash Fiction Online July 2019

Crocodile Love Machine

Soon as Sobek walks into the laundromat he sees Bastet, flipping magazine pages beneath a “Nile Cruises” poster in the back with that creep, Apep. Motherfucker, Sobek thinks, scales starting to sweat at the sight of her. Really? Bastet doesn’t even look up from her glossy, like she got no idea Sobek just walked in—except […]

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Flash Fiction Online July 2019

The Order Taker

Because they will never see it again, they always ask, cook me something from home. Today it’s a human woman condemned for killing a policeman after he beat her Klanthi spouse to death. They had the nerve to kiss in public. “A Klanthi mossfry,” she whispers with her swollen, rebel mouth. “Please.” “I’ll try,” I […]

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Sine, cosine.

Upsurge and backwash. I am listening, listening very intently to the rush and ebb of the waves on the shore, to the sound wafting in through the open window, listening and waiting for you and trying not to think. Upsurge, back- ‘Hello,’ says the nurse. She glances at the open window, and then, not bothering […]

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A Lady of Ganymede, a Sparrow of Io

The Lady waits for the Duke in a body as fragile as sugar glass, resting her head against the cool marble of the colonnade that circles the Hall of the Nobles of Io. She watches the sparrows as they flirt and twitter between the shade and the sun, like socialites at a debutante ball or […]

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Gator and the Big Buzz

I sat groovin’ in the last shreds of The Big Easy’s Armstrong Park, blowing my sax, using the Big Buzz to keep perfect time. That’s the one advantage of the buzz, keeping time to the microsecond if you’re willing to jive to multiples of 37.19 beats a minute. If you weren’t, well, tough shit. Think spittin’ in […]

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Safebuoys

For 247 sleep cycles, the safebuoy has been drifting. The only window is a round, pillow-shaped patch of transparent steel. Loocha tells her son, Corvey, there’s nothing to see, and he believes her. Until the giant ice cream cone appears. From his sleep-sack, Corvey points and asks, “What’s that?” Since the evacuation of the Oort […]

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Cold Comfort

Hello, and welcome to LifeVault, the world’s only remaining digital preservation site. Now, you can access your documents and photos from anywhere without fear of identity theft or summoning the Stained Ear. Our patent-pending Nostalgorithms are tailored to recognize only you and your loved ones, keeping your treasured memories safe even from Echoes!   >Please […]

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The Truffles of Mars

“We cannot make an omelet without mushrooms,” said Anton Antov. Down in the bazaar, there were locally grown staples, stacked alongside pricey imports. Eggs were plentiful, there being no shortage of chickens on Mars. Herbs, of two dozen varieties, grown in a little greenhouse on the other side of the atmospheric plant. Tiny, shrink-wrapped, fearfully […]

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