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Science Fiction

The Thing About Heisenball

“The thing about Heisenball,” Paulie tells me with a grin on their face, “is that you can’t win. But you can’t lose, either. Not really. It’s not about the game.” “Yeah,” I say. “I know. You’ve told me like a million times.” Ever since we started dating, I add in the privacy of my own […]

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Like Him with Friends Possess’d

After a marathon day of coding, Cordelia1564 completed the night’s VR-cast just in time to go live with it. She held her breath as her avatar disemboweled four Khazak horsemen with a stiletto she’d pinched from the harem master, hung their bodies from a tower, and decorated their nude backsides with pointillist designs copped from […]

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Eating the Sun

Aelegan burned the last of her energy as she floated towards the sun of the eighty-third solar system from Prime. The rest of her broodmates had already left for the ascension place. If she didn’t go soon, the ceremony would begin, and they would move forward without her. She needed fuel for the journey. She […]

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Together We Will Burn Forever

I wake in the debriding tank screaming, thrashing, choking on body fluids and saline. The ship’s soft medical manipulator arms try to keep me still. Milky strands ooze from my cracked flesh like the heat-thickened proteins of a poached egg. In my mind, I am still holding you. I search for you in the cloudy […]

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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Stardust

The Elevator dock is packed. It was designed for launching satellites and cleaning up space junk, not for funerals. Sandy gives me a sisterly hand-squeeze as if to say that she knows how strange it must be for me to be here, like this. This isn’t how it was supposed to happen, our first trip […]

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Loneliness in Transit, Sixty Light Years from Earth

Baby asks me, “Are we there yet?” Every day for ten years since their personality constructs were awakened, Baby asks this, like an old Earth joke. Too many sitcoms in the old memory banks, I suppose. But this time, HN Pegasi glows benevolent on my hull, so, so warm after so, so cold. “Soon,” I […]

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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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