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Story of the Week: June 11

Three Years of Ashes and Twenty Years of Dust

By Phoebe Barton

Science Fiction

6805 words (25 minutes) · 1 like

Leaving the past behind is hard, no matter what planet you live on. Settle in with a cup of cosmic tea, and follow one woman’s otherworldly quest for justice as she speeds toward redefining her life far, far away in this work of science fiction by Phoebe Barton. Phoebe's work has appeared in publications from Analog, to Bundoran Press, to Alliteration Ink.

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Featured June 3, 2018

KJ Kabza

The Separatists

994 words (4 minutes) · 4 likes

Science Fiction

To claim immortality, must other pieces of ourselves die? Alongside social and political commentary, decorated author KJ Kabza explores what it means to be true to oneself, what it means to serve others, and what really matters in life and in death—all in fewer than 1,000 words.

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Featured May 29, 2018

Jen Knox

The Glass City

2813 words (11 minutes) · 2 likes

Literary Fiction

Coming of age in a drought that dries up everything it touches in Ohio—conversation, camaraderie, and cookouts—author Jen Knox’s culinary protagonist contemplates the future of her home, her family, and her next meal in “The Glass City.” Jen Knox’s literary talents and breadth of work have earned her nominations for the Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Calvino prizes.

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Featured May 22, 2018

Tim McDaniel

Eavesdropper

1041 words (4 minutes) · 1 like

HumorScience Fiction

Do humans dream of holographic grass? Listen in on Gerardo's thoughts as he listens in on the conversations around him at the park. Featured in publications from Analog to Asimov's, author Tim McDaniel brings you a short story that raises questions about truth, fiction, and good old-fashioned eavesdropping.

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Featured May 17, 2018

Renee Carter Hall

Foam on the Sea

1200 words (5 minutes) · 3 likes

Fantasy

A creature of the salt, the sand, and the sea, a mysterious woman with mysterious scruples bargains for her life. Or, at least, for a fleeting feeling of home. Renee Carter Hall is an author of many talents, including turns as a novelist, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and an expert in literary chiaroscuro.

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Featured May 10, 2018

Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

The Daffodil Project

934 words (4 minutes) · 3 likes

Science Fiction

If an experimental venture to colonize Mars wishes to save money with a one-way trip and a population accustomed to close living quarters, it makes perfect sense to recruit from a nursing home. Doesn’t it? Author Sylvia Spruck Wrigley lives in Tallinn, Estonia, where she writes about plane crashes and Estonian air maidens. Her fiction has been nominated for a Nebula and translated into over a dozen languages.

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