Featured February 14, 2018
Feb 14, 2018 · 4,549 words (17 minutes) · 5 likes
High concept science fiction meets laconic western sensibility in a future at once alien and hauntingly familiar in “The Sky is Blue, and Bright, and Filled with Stars.” With words that crack and an ending that punches right to the heart, this one will stick with you for days. Edward Ashton lives in Rochester, New York, where he studies new cancer therapies by day, and writes about what his research may lead to by night. He’s the author of the novels Three Days in April and The End of Ordinary, as well as several dozen short stories.
Featured February 7, 2018
Michelle Ann King
Feb 5, 2018 · 3,980 words (15 minutes) · 3 likes
“As a life coach, Abby Fowler strongly discouraged magical thinking.” Congratulations on Your Apotheosis is a tale of wit, whimsy, and the perils of getting what you summon an immortal being for. Michelle Ann King lives in Essex by way of East London, and enjoys good Scotch whisky and horror stories by Stephen King (no relation).
Featured January 30, 2018
Oct 27, 2017 · 2,113 words (8 minutes) · 5 likes
Watch far-future technology and wistful humanity collide in Matt Dovey's “The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison You Make for Yourself.” Reality slides off kilter in this slightly eerie story in the best of ways: don't miss it! Matt Dovey is very tall, very English, and as he puts it, most likely drinking a cup of tea right now.
Featured January 23, 2018
A. Merc Rustad
Sep 22, 2017 · 988 words (4 minutes) · 8 likes
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 Curious Fictions author page.
Featured January 15, 2018
Dec 16, 2017 · 5,018 words (19 minutes) · 5 likes
Humor Mystery Satire Science 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.
Featured January 5, 2018
Jan 3, 2018 · 8,491 words (31 minutes) · 2 likes
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.
Featured December 26, 2017
Dec 3, 2017 · 3,847 words (14 minutes) · 6 likes
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.
Featured December 20, 2017
Nov 17, 2017 · 3,908 words (15 minutes) · 8 likes
Classic Science 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.
Featured December 1, 2017
Stewart C Baker
Sep 18, 2017 · 223 words (1 minute) · 8 likes
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!
Featured November 17, 2017
Oct 31, 2017 · 7,935 words (29 minutes) · 4 likes
Science Fiction Strange
Ever since Joel’s mother and fiancé died, he’s been obsessed with drawing maps of the utopia he’d imagined as a child. But what happens when strangers around the world start to recognize it? Enjoy a longer read this weekend by Gary Gibson, a science fiction novelist with several books out by Tor UK, and be sure to tip if you like it!