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Featured January 23, 2018

A. Merc Rustad

To the Monsters, With Love

988 words (4 minutes) · 7 likes

Fantasy

A sharp, glittering ode to those accustomed to being unseen or different, “To the Monsters, With Love” embraces that difference with fangs and scales. We love Merc’s stories not just for their gorgeous imagery, but for the love and empathy for the characters that comes through so well. You can read more from Merc and support their work on their <a href="https://curiousfictions.com/authors/72-a-merc-rustad">Curious Fictions author page</a>.

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short story

Featured January 15, 2018

Matthew Claxton

The Remora

5018 words (19 minutes) · 5 likes

HumorMysterySatireScience Fiction

In kaleidoscopic science fiction satire “The Remora,” insurance loss-prevention agent Fitz dodges the clutches of hacked InvestiBears™ and bank-robbing androids, all while tolerating the peanut-gallery musings of a comm-link voyeur. Author Matthew Claxton hails from British Columbia, and holds firm opinions on dinosaurs, faster-than-light travel, and the Oxford comma.

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novelette

Featured January 5, 2018

A.M. Dellamonica

Ruby, in the Storm

8491 words (31 minutes) · 2 likes

Science Fiction

In “Ruby, in the Storm,” A.M. Dellamonica deftly sketches a world where humans and recently-transplanted aliens rub shoulders in near-future Calgary. As tensions rise, themes of belonging, trust, and chosen societies come to the fore. Alyx has published four novels, over forty short stories, and won both the Sunburst and Aurora awards. Subscribe to her work if you’d like to see more, and be warned, afterward you may also want a pet Purvaran stormcloud. Rated R for some sexual content.

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short story

Featured December 26, 2017

Vanessa Fogg

Disconnected

3847 words (14 minutes) · 6 likes

Science Fiction

Happy holidays! We hope everyone's had a chance to disconnect and relax a bit this holiday season. In "Disconnected," Vanessa Fogg imagines a future where always-on neuromods and nanomachines have permanently altered our relationship with technology and each other. Vanessa spent years as a research scientist in molecular cell biology, and now works as a freelance medical writer in western Michigan, where she also dreams of selkies, dragons, and gritty cyberpunk futures.

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short story

Featured December 20, 2017

Rebecca Schwarz

Flotsam

3908 words (15 minutes) · 8 likes

ClassicScience Fiction

Under orders to get out of their mother's hair one quiet Saturday, Ian and Nona take a space walk with unexpected consequences. We love “Flotsam” for its all-too-real blend of sibling bickering, world-building, heart, and hope. Based in Austin, Texas, Rebecca Schwarz is an Editorial Assistant for a scientific journal by day, and science fiction and fantasy writer by night.

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flash fiction

Featured December 1, 2017

Stewart C Baker

Elements of a Successful Exit Broadcast

223 words (1 minute) · 8 likes

Science Fiction

This week’s featured story may be short, but it packs a punch. I love “Elements of a Successful Exit Broadcast” for its almost eerie rhythmic qualities (and I may be crazy, but reminds me of Radiohead every time). Stewart C Baker, now residing in Oregon (by way of England, South Carolina, Japan, and California), is academic librarian by trade, and has written many fine short stories, several of which can be found right here on Curious Fictions. Give them a read!

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