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KJ Kabza has written and sold over 70 short stories to a multitude of anthologies and award-winning fantasy and science fiction magazines. His debut print collection, THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES, has been called "a fresh new voice in the genre" by Booklist and "bursting with both ideas and emotion" by RT Book Reviews. You can support KJ's work by subscribing via his Curious Fictions author page or by visiting https://kjkabza.com/works/books/ and purchasing one of his short fiction collections.

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The Bone Flute Quartet

Published Feb 29, 2020 · 4,565 words (17 minutes) · 47 views

Fantasy fairy tale dark fantasy secondary world fantasy witches coming of age

Bretchen yearns to become a witch, but the methods of training to become one are occult and closely-guarded secrets. But Bretchen's grandmother has a few ideas for where Bretchen can start, and with her help--and the disturbing pedigree behind her treasured bone flute--Bretchen goes on a quest to uncover the truth of how witches are made.

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You Can Take It With You

Updated Feb 22, 2020 · 27,292 words (100 minutes)

Science Fiction dystopia serial novella Afterlife death dystopian neural uploads coping

It's been said of wealth that you can't take it with you when you die--but now, you can. As long as you've got the money, you can pay to have a digital duplicate of your consciousness cavort in a simulated afterlife on a private server forever. Unless you're Lehann Margrove, who got separated from his husband and duped into a "Paradise" he never wanted.

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We Don't Talk About Death

Published Dec 27, 2019 · 5,513 words (21 minutes) · 1 view

Science Fiction aliens space spaceships

According to my mom, the only thing I've ever been good at is sitting around like an idiot, and she's 100% right. Whereas my co-pilot Allie O'Donovan--with her calibrated synesthetic schizophrenia, and her ability to fly spaceships through Ureality for faster-than-light travel--is interesting, and probably the sort of person who's good at everything. So how come when we fly missions together, she's the one who's afraid?

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Night and Day

Published Dec 19, 2019 · 4,770 words (18 minutes)

Fantasy Literary Fiction dreams

By day, he's Jonathan W. Pembroke, a successful securities lawyer. By night, he's Lokifur, and he always has the same dream: he wanders an island surrounding by floating stones on which lay sleeping people who never awaken. When a new being named Solifur appears in his nightly dream and changes it for the better, Jonathan's days change for the worse. But is tipping the balance so bad? Which mode of being is actually real--and which is more important? And what if they aren't the same thing?

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The Land of Stone and Stars

Published Dec 9, 2019 · 4,287 words (16 minutes)

Fantasy Science Fiction coping Quest fairy tale quests Family fable death alien planets

Crushed by the loss of his only daughter and last surviving family member, Jackrabbit knows what he must do: venture to the permanently dark side of his homeworld, "the land of stone and stars," so he can find his daughter's spirit among the dead and bring her back before she ascends with the others into the sky. But the journey across the extremes of the planet's habitable zones is hard and bewildering, and for Jackrabbit to succeed, he must lose even more.

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Light Years

Published Dec 1, 2019 · 99 words (1 minute)

Fantasy Science Fiction dark space flash fiction colony ships

The best place for vampires is a deep-space colony ship. Without lethal daylight, who can stop us?

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Copyright 2113

Published Nov 23, 2019 · 7,600 words (28 minutes) · 1 view

Science Fiction cyberpunk cyborgs

Film critic Harry has mental modifications for enhanced memory--the ability to make perfect recordings of precious moments as he experiences them. But like all people with memory mods, his firmware deletes any memories of copyrighted media within 48 hours... until a hacker acquaintance installs an illegal tweak that lets him remember films indefinitely. Caught between the promise of an enriched inner life and his filmmaker wife's condemnation for his risky act, what should Harry do?

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...In the Machine

Published Nov 15, 2019 · 1,051 words (4 minutes)

Fantasy Horror ghosts Dark humor ghost stories haunted satanic

We was at the drugstore on South, at the self-checkout thingy with the big OUT OF ORDER sign. It was crowded so I tried scanning a candy bar there anyway. But instead of nothing happening, the checkout thing said, "Help me. Please, help me. Is anyone there?"

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Clean Shot

Published Nov 7, 2019 · 3,254 words (12 minutes)

Literary Fiction archery

The kind of bow I have is a compound PSE Thunderbolt Stinger. My PSE Thunderbolt Stinger's name is Max, and Max is my best friend because I don't like people.

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Like Old People Do

Published Oct 23, 2019 · 706 words (3 minutes)

Science Fiction flash fiction happy ending relationships near-future SF

Everybody knows you ain't supposed to talk direct to people's faces. Because that's what old people do. But somehow, even though she the most beautiful girl in the whole train car, she don't got a phone. So how we supposed to talk?

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