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KJ Kabza has written and sold over 70 short stories to a multitude of anthologies and award-winning fantasy and science fiction magazines. His debut print collection, THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES, has been called "a fresh new voice in the genre" by Booklist and "bursting with both ideas and emotion" by RT Book Reviews. You can support KJ's work by subscribing via his Curious Fictions author page or by visiting https://kjkabza.com/works/books/ and purchasing one of his short fiction collections.

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Now Open

Published Sep 6, 2018 · 583 words (3 minutes) · 277 views

Fantasy Humor flash fiction happy ending

If you could literally buy time, what would you do with a box full of ten minutes?

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Steady on Her Feet

Published Aug 30, 2018 · 5,702 words (21 minutes) · 314 views

Fantasy clockpunk secondary world fantasy

Holliday, a poor child whose family lives in the sewer pipes, lucks into part-time employment under peculiar Dr. Svartlebarrt, who has developed a surgical procedure to repair character flaws with tiny clockwork prostheses. But if Holliday’s suspicious mother learns of Holliday’s association with people in the “up-there,” she’ll throw Holliday—and her innocent younger sister Molly—out on the street. How long can Holliday hide her double life and protect her sister?

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We Have an Objective

Published Aug 22, 2018 · 207 words (1 minute) · 238 views

Literary Fiction Strange surreal experimental absurd

On April 7, 2003, we took the Slip’n Slide into Baghdad. My buddies behind me whooped and screamed and crashed into each other, the hot sun and cold water in roiling chaos over their bodies, but they didn’t care. As long as they got wet.

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Surface Tension

Published Aug 14, 2018 · 1,003 words (4 minutes) · 282 views

Fantasy Literary Fiction marriage flash fiction superhero fiction relationships

Jess can literally walk on water. But not even this stereotypically god-like talent can help him be a good husband to his wife Brianna, and Jess must learn that meeting someone on their own level is the first step toward trust.

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A Matter of Perception

Published Aug 6, 2018 · 102 words (1 minute) · 229 views

Science Fiction flash fiction

Body image problems can now be addressed by electrobrain surgery, to make patients perceive their bodies differently. But maybe your body image isn’t the thing in your life that really needs to be replaced.

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In the Shadow of Dyrhólaey

Published Aug 1, 2018 · 3,682 words (14 minutes) · 243 views

Fantasy Horror Historical dark fantasy folklore myth

In early 20th-century Iceland, the brilliant sculptor Einar has devised a plan for sculpting a local rock formation into a ship. But legend holds that this rock formation is more than mere stone, and Einar’s best friend Gunnar can see it breathing. Will Einar’s chisel unleash a work of art—or unlock the enchantment that holds back monsters? Will Gunnar be able to stop him?

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One-Sided

Published Aug 1, 2018 · 294 words (2 minutes) · 241 views

Science Fiction flash fiction experimental identity

Transporter beams aren’t just for transport. Since you’re going to be reassembled on the other end, why not get reassembled into a different, better person?

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One Year Later

Published Jul 21, 2018 · 673 words (3 minutes) · 289 views

Science Fiction flash fiction death coping

“I know all about it,” said the voice of Margie. “They scan your brain, take your memories of your spouse, and make a program you can talk to—just once, one year later—to say goodbye. For closure.” But when Terry finally talks to Margie’s ghost, is closure what he really feels? And if not, what does it mean to hang up?

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The Leafsmith in Love

Published Jul 10, 2018 · 7,514 words (28 minutes) · 1 like · 698 views

Fantasy Romance Love steampunk clockpunk happy ending

Jesper, the master Leafsmith of the mechanized arboretum at Holdt Castle, is falling for the playful and innocent Lady Zuhanna, a visiting cousin of the princess. But vain Princess Kanna can’t stand to have any man ignore her in favor of another woman, and she’s determined to sabotage their courtship. Will the power of Love prove to be mightier than the power of the Crown?

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Castles in the Clouds

Published Jul 3, 2018 · 198 words (1 minute) · 266 views

Fantasy dark flash fiction

When a civilization is built upon war, peace brings the greatest destruction of all.

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