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The Power of One

Sometimes a story comes along in which one character captivates you, or one person steers events in surprising and satisfying ways.  Or one act that makes a meaningful difference.  Or one life that, only months before, had not existed but whose story needed to be told for the benefit of the cosmic alignment of stars and universes.  

We have three such stories this month.

First, a story from Leslianne Wilder, “Cliona’s Coat.”  I remember first reading this story some months ago.  I remember being so taken by this one mysterious woman with her collection of fur coats, and fascinated when I discovered…  Well, you’ll find out.  Wonderful story well told.

Second, from Aimee Picchi, “Death Comes for the Microbot,” a work of science fiction that explores the potential costs of the relentless forward march of technological advancement.  This one will really hit home to those of us who still pull out the old Game Cube once in awhile because the Wii just isn’t the same, or who occasionally eschew the Bosch when hand kneading feels right.  This one little microbot struck the sentimentality bone with me.

Third this month we bring you “Star Box” by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks.  People come and go on this little blue planet.  People suffer and triumph every day.  The task of helping everyone who needs it seems impossible.  But what if we could do one small thing for one small person?  Would it be enough?  Sometimes, yes, it is.

We hope you enjoy our stories, and that you have a happy and productive New Year, and that you find the Power of One within yourself.

Suzanne Vincent


Flash Fiction Online





Suzanne Vincent

Suzanne Vincent is the editor-in-chief of Flash Fiction Online. That’s what people think anyway. Actually, she’s really a pretty ordinary middle-aged woman packing a few extra pounds and a few more gray hairs than she’s comfortable with. As a writer, she leans toward the fantasy spectrum, though much of what she writes is difficult to classify. Slipstream? Isn’t that where we stick stories when we just can’t figure out where else they go? Suzanne’s first professional publication was right here at FFO, published before she joined the staff: “I Speak the Master’s Will,” — a story she’s still very proud of. While she doesn’t actually have time to blog anymore, she once did. You can still read her ancient posts on writing at The Slushpile Avalanche. Suzanne keeps a house full of kids (3), a husband (1), and pets (too many to number) in Utah, USA. Yes, she’s a Mormon. No, there isn’t another wife. Mormons haven’t actually practiced polygamy since the 1890s. Too bad. She’d love to have another woman around to wash dishes and do laundry.


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