“The Secret Beach” is a 2011 science fiction short story by Tim Pratt. It is about a middle aged man who discovers a beautiful and magical beach in downtown Berkeley, CA. Read More
“Cat Pictures Please” is a 2015 science fiction short story by Naomi Kritzer. It is about a self-aware artificial intelligence that makes a huge effort to help a few real people. It was the winner of the 2016 Hugo Award and a 2016 Locus Award. Read More
Flash Fiction Online has some great stories – and not just the science fiction ones either. Here are two recent stories that I really liked, and if you dig them too then be sure to check out some of the other gems available on their fantastic site!
It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a couple of flash fiction stories – so I figured it was time to do so! Here are a pair of good, tiny stories that you can read during lunchtime… or anytime you want.
Kathryn Cramer is not an author I’ve read before, and I figured it was high time I review another story by a female writer. It sounds like she knows science fiction quite well, however, as her small bio at the end of the story states that “She is a science-fiction editor and writer currently editing the Year’s Best SF series with her husband, David G. Hartwell.” So, yeah, I figured she knew a thing or two about SF stories. But how is her writing, hmm? That is the million dollar question!
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? I have eaten dog – more than once – when I lived on some small islands in the Pacific! (I wasn’t a big fan of it, by the way.) Today’s 2 stories have a bit of a theme: eating humans. Hmm… maybe you shouldn’t read them during your lunch hour! 😉
This is a guest post by Ken Myers.
Wattpad can be a great place to find new and engaging science fiction works from authors all over the world. Sometimes, even the shortest of stories could have a profound impact on the lives from those whom the story is read. For a single page short, “Once Upon a Time… Nothing Happened” says more than what the author has delivered. What makes this extremely short story so compelling to those that read its text? Read More
The Flight Of The Red Monsters By Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam is a story of direction-less hate and war unleashed, of violence perpetrated without any consideration for the risks and the eventual downfall inherent in a genocidal war between species.
Transmatic by Chris Kelso is an exercise in weirdness. Featuring hitmen with retirement dreams of purchasing candy-apple red Nove Supremes, doctors with scientific degrees on fields no-ones ever heard of and casual personality-wiping detox programs.
Cybernetrix by Carlton Mellick III is the weirdest work of 80’s sociopolitical satire you’ll ever read, based on one of the worst-best examples of early computer animation in popular culture.
CL3ANS3 by Carrie Cuinn is Lovecraft mythos for the digital age. It’s digitized horrors lurking somewhere behind and above your user-interface. It’s about ancient cosmic horrors catching up to our own alienated world and molding it to their own image.