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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 · 242 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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KJ Kabza

The Vision of Miss Elaine

Published Oct 18, 2019 · 6,750 words (25 minutes)

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Thanks to a new neural imaging technique, Science can now peer so deeply into a human mind, it's possible to map a person's private mental landscape of symbolic representation--and use that map to build a piece of Art so perfectly tailored, it stops the customer from hungering for any other Art forever. To support his family, artist Mick Lawson is forced to work in the industry that's killing his craft... and in doing so, he meets a client who might also destroy his marriage.

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Stephen Dedman

Shades of Green

Published Sep 4, 2019 · 10,115 words (37 minutes) · 2 likes · 135 views

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While refugees wait on their planet with too little food or breathable air, a family of scientists come up with an untried way to keep everyone alive... but there are risks. Set in the same timeline as my story 'Transit', published in THE LADY OF SITUATIONS.

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KJ Kabza

Bed 17

Published Aug 3, 2019 · 1,779 words (7 minutes) · 75 views

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Nurse Anjee knows that bio-nanites are the cutting edge of personalized medicine: they can kill cancerous cells, keep down inflammation, keep insulin receptors functional, and keep waistlines trim. But if they can be programmed, then they can be hacked--and to her hospital comes the most terrifying, cutting-edge hack of all.

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Featured August 2, 2019

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James Van Pelt

The Last of the O-Forms

Published Jul 31, 2019 · 6,295 words (23 minutes) · 5 likes · 345 views

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Dr. Trevin’s Traveling Zoological Extravaganza raked in the cash in the early days of the DNA-mutating plague—it was even featured in Newsweek! But now that mutated animals roam every city and town, Trevin and Caprice (a preternaturally smart 12-year-old) will need to resort to more desperate measures to stay relevant.

This Nebula-finalist story originally appeared in Asimov’s in 2004. Author James Van Pelt, an English teacher turned full-time writer, has also been nominated for the Sturgeon and Campbell awards, and published dozens of short stories and novels.

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So… My mother and I were walking around the zoo and we decided to stop and chat with this ape. It was amazing!, the ape appears to understand what my mother says. They touched hands and all that human/animal love… and when I touch just the shoulder of my mom to tell her that we must be going home, the animal start throwing dust at me and yelling. It was hilarious.
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KJ Kabza

North

Published Jun 12, 2019 · 115 words (1 minute) · 16 views

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In the far future, where will humanity find water? And when they find it, will it be enough?

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Doranna Durgin

Fountane Of

Published Mar 21, 2019 · 2,159 words (8 minutes) · 1 like · 873 views

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Speculative Fiction in the tradition of Fredric Brown--short, sharp, and not very sweet. Plus, time-traveling janitor!

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KJ Kabza

If You See Him on the Road

Published Jan 27, 2019 · 2,349 words (9 minutes) · 1 like · 144 views

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If you see the Buddha on the road (the saying goes), then kill him. But on a massive, multi-generational colony spaceship, where everyone’s knowledge of their circumstances and mission are warping with time, who are the new arbiters of truth and what is real?

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KJ Kabza

How Black the Sky

Published Jun 29, 2018 · 833 words (4 minutes) · 1 like · 333 views

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He spent his career flying drones to remote corners of national parks, planting cameras so viewers could enjoy live feeds of the wilderness. But now, polar bears are gone to extinction, San Francisco gone to earthquakes, and Miami gone to sea level rise, and national parks are no longer places that people can go. When the last camera shuts off, will anyone but him notice?

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Featured June 3, 2018

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KJ Kabza

The Separatists

Published May 24, 2018 · 994 words (4 minutes) · 5 likes · 698 views

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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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