Category Archives: Flash Fiction

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Teeth of the Lion

“Teeth of the Lion” by Jennifer Shelby “I’m half dandelion on my father’s side,” he told me, catching a sunbeam as it trickled through the forest and weaving it between his fingertips. I nodded and hoped he wouldn’t notice the … Continue reading

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The A to Z of First Contact

  “The A to Z of First Contact” by Gareth D Jones   Advance planning. As a Captain of the Exploration Guild, a First Contact situation is almost inevitable at some point in your career. Plan now for how you … Continue reading

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Binary Star System

“Binary Star System” by Phoebe Wood I remember being her: the girl on the other side of the observatory ballroom, starlight combing past her skin. Her hair’s the color of rose quartz, a tousled spray chopped below the jaw. When … Continue reading

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The Witch Wife

“The Witch-Wife” by David Barber The track down the mountain is narrow and treacherous. A misstep by a tired horse sends stones clattering down into the gorge and the riders twist uneasily in their saddles, aware how vulnerable they are … Continue reading

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Meteor Man

“Meteor Man” by Mike Adamson   When I was a child, I saw a meteorite come down. It was a blazing streak in the night sky, then a concussion that hurt my ears, and next morning my Dad and I … Continue reading

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Stars and Stones

“Stars and Stones” by Paula Hammond In this flat land, nature is our constant companion. On wild days, visitors become flesh-bows, spines curved, heads arrowing forwards through the buffeting turmolt. There are mornings when fog-shrouds hover like kestrels, and all … Continue reading

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Every Burning Bird Will Be Reborn

“Every Burning Bird Will Be Reborn” by Timothy Mudie   “We have long travels ahead,” Grandmere says when she and Kella push off into the marsh before sunrise. “Will you remember the way and keep the strength to row back … Continue reading

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Escape by Other Means

“Escape by Other Means” by Peter Hargraves She’d never known that sunshine could be depressing. The light looked sickly, streaming in through the filthy windows, something she’d never see again. For she had made up her mind. No waiting for … Continue reading

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Five Reasons for the Sign Above Her Door, One of Them Unspoken

“Five Reasons for the Sign Above Her Door, One of Them Unspoken” by Izzy Wasserstein Lilith has kept her eye on the young man for two days, since he arrived at her hostel. Why was he there? Was he like … Continue reading

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Sunset Coda

“Sunset Coda” by Patrick Hurley Robert looked up from his book and there she stood, her back against the sea, exactly as he remembered her. “You’re here,” he said, his voice barely heard above the breaking waves. “I am.” A … Continue reading

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