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James Van Pelt

Titan Descansos

Published Jan 9, 2021 · 2,085 words (8 minutes) · 187 views

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Have you ever seen little crosses or bunches of flowers by the side of the road and recognized the tragedy commemorated there? This is a way to recognize the dead, to mark the spot of their unexpected passing. It seems a very human thing to do. And so, when we go deeper and deeper into space, what parts of our humanity will we take with us. Will we recognize it when we find it?

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Wendy Nikel

Indispensable

Published Aug 13, 2020 · 1,007 words (4 minutes) · 268 views

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An office worker has to decide whether to allow her company to create an AI version of her to replace her.

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Wendy Nikel

An Examination of the Trash Recovered at Armstrong Lunar Park

Published Jul 20, 2020 · 943 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 445 views

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During a government shutdown, one ranger at a lunar park takes it upon themselves to continue clean-up.

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Curtis C. Chen

Cats Don’t Care About Universal Basic Income

Published Feb 25, 2020 · 4,124 words (15 minutes) · 1 like · 895 views

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Bailey the cat provides commentary as his human starts getting her first universal basic income payments. She doesn't quit her job or waste her money on frivolous spending. But she does have to adjust to this change in her life.

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Featured February 13, 2020

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Caren Gussoff Sumption

Cicada

Published Feb 12, 2020 · 1,699 words (7 minutes) · 3 likes · 709 views

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Cicada is a diver: an information broker who knows how to reach the Brimstone, the elusive under-under-belly of the internet. But the Brimstone isn’t just hard to get to—it’s devilishly hard to return from.

Author Caren Gussoff Sumption lives in Seattle and has published five novels and over 100 short stories. She was the recipient of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Gulliver Grant, and was the Carl Brandon Society’s Octavia E. Butler Scholar at Clarion West. She’s also new to Curious Fictions, so give her a warm welcome!

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Featured November 30, 2019

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Jen Knox

Green

Published Nov 28, 2019 · 2,365 words (9 minutes) · 4 likes · 816 views

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Joseph’s only deviation from regulation minimalism is an illicit second bicycle... until he meets Alyssa, a dumpster-diving, live-streaming, crowd-funded wanderer.

Award-winning author Jen Knox hails from Ohio, and her work has been featured in The Best Small Fictions 2017, The Saturday Evening Post, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and NPR, among many others.

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Marie Vibbert

Quirks

Published Apr 10, 2019 · 3,430 words (13 minutes) · 1 like · 714 views

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Collective Bargaining and Direct Memory Transfer -- watch out for the quirks.

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Novae Caelum

Evaluation Notes for Candidates in the Shape-shifter Intelligence Program

Published Apr 4, 2019 · 1,124 words (5 minutes) · 3 likes · 1159 views

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When a government agency develops a shape-shifter program and requires participants to play roles across genders and sexes, the participants discover both enlightening and deeply unsettling things about themselves and the program's agenda. (This story is ownvoices. And raw. There is a content warning for dysphoria and transphobia. There are also moments of self-discovery. It has my full heart.)

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Wendy Nikel

Cerise Sky Memories

Published Feb 28, 2019 · 953 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 615 views

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A genetically engineered human discovers some of her implanted memories are real and goes in search of the person who gave them to her.

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Edward Willett

Waterlilies

Published Oct 27, 2018 · 4,956 words (19 minutes) · 337 views

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An artist gets more than he bargained for when he uses nanotechnology to create his artwork. After all, why does "grey goo" have to be grey?

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