Featured November 9, 2017
Sep 19, 2017 · 2,989 words (11 minutes) · 7 likes
The talented Kate Heartfield of Ottawa, Canada brings us “The Semaphore Society,” a story with something for everyone: near-future technology, a new written language born of need and creativity, suspense, and perhaps the most relatable feeling of all... social anxiety on the internet. Give it a read!
Featured November 2, 2017
Benjamin C. Kinney
Sep 17, 2017 · 3,443 words (13 minutes) · 5 likes
We have one more ghost story to share with you before we say goodbye to Halloween. This one may make you wonder: who says we can't change our fate after death? Benjamin C. Kinney is a writer and neuroscientist who loves to explore the intersection of science and faith, and the human and inhuman mind, and it sure shows in this story. Give it a read! If you like it, leave a tip, comment, or share with friends.
Featured October 27, 2017
Sep 18, 2017 · 1,651 words (7 minutes) · 5 likes
Horror Humor Strange
It’s almost Halloween, and that means it’s time for a story to crawl under your skin. Though the title may say zombie unicorns, this story is one part humorous, two parts creepy, and three parts haunting (can zombies haunt?). Laura Pearlman, purveyor of bad ideas and excellent vocabulary, lives in California with two cats and no unicorns. Note: this story contains disturbing themes and may not be appropriate for younger readers.
Featured October 19, 2017
Karlo Yeager Rodríguez
Oct 10, 2017 · 928 words (4 minutes) · 4 likes
Familiar tales are not always what they seem. Enjoy a different spin on wicked stepparents with this week's story, “Every Orphan Child to a Good Home Should Go,” by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Karlo now lives and writes in Baltimore, Maryland.
Featured October 12, 2017
Sep 18, 2017 · 1,822 words (7 minutes) · 3 likes
Our story this week comes with razor-sharp teeth. The Nebula-nominated “Robot,” by Helena Bell, bends genres with skin-chilling ease: it’s not often we notice Southern Gothic elements in our science fiction (or vice versa?). Helena, also a certified cave diver and former SCUBA instructor, lives and writes in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We’re lucky to have several of her stories available on Curious Fictions. Give it a read, and tell us what you think.
Featured October 5, 2017
Sep 22, 2017 · 665 words (3 minutes) · 6 likes
Literary Fiction Science Fiction
Our featured story this week comes from Chicago-based Shane Halbach, who counts writing, knitting, and accordion-playing among his many skills. We love this story for the poignant way it captures serendipity in such a short space, and we hope you enjoy it, too. “I’ll make a copy of you when you’re feeling flirty, and you can make a copy of me when I’m feeling handsome.”
Featured September 28, 2017
Jul 4, 2017 · 983 words (4 minutes) · 7 likes
Humor Satire Science Fiction
Welcome to a future happening in a conference room near you in this week's change of pace, “Re: Little Miss Apocalypse Playset,” brought to you by the wit of Effie Seiberg. Her work can be found in the “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” issue of Lightspeed, and many others. Read it on Curious Fictions—just as long as you've had your vaccinations first.
Featured September 21, 2017
Sep 13, 2017 · 5,074 words (19 minutes) · 6 likes
Our story this week features the mesmerizing words of L Chan, who hails from Singapore. “The Symphony of Park Myong Lee” raises the question: just how far can human potential reach when you’re one of dozens cloned and trained to emulate a star? L Chan said one idea that sparked the story was a funeral where everyone had the same face.
Featured September 14, 2017
Aug 24, 2017 · 2,045 words (8 minutes) · 10 likes
We’re excited to debut our first featured story by Sara Saab, a talented London-based writer, originally from Lebanon. Her work is striking for its emotional resonance across many contexts, no less in “The Botix,” featuring Arnie, an automated housekeeping unit infected with a “small mindware virus,” Escape.xprg. As Sara puts it, “he’d made a mistake, but he didn’t deserve the results.”