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Kurt Pankau

Mostly sci-fi, often silly, occasionally heart-wrenching.

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Kurt Pankau is a software engineer in St. Louis. He enjoys board games, dad-jokes, and stories about time travel.

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Where The Shore Meets The Other Shore

Published Aug 21, 2020 · 877 words (4 minutes) · 2 views

Humor Science Fiction geographical engineering

An altercation during planet fabrication has implications for the stratigraphication. This one will be free in my newsletter and un-paywalled here eventually.

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Polystyrene Planets

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10 Civilization-Ending Calamities I've Caused (And One Is A Lie)

Published Jul 18, 2020 · 442 words (2 minutes) · 1 like · 2 views

Fantasy Humor Satire Facebook meme elder gods of chaos and destruction

When gods meme. This one will be free in my newsletter and un-paywalled here eventually.

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In a fire without burning ...

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Application For Temporal Readjustment

Published Jun 21, 2020 · 519 words (2 minutes) · 1 like · 166 views

Science Fiction flash time travel

Ms. Tapper would like to change her past. This was a more experimental flash of mine. Looking at it now, I get what doesn't work about it, but I still like it.

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Living In The Past

Published May 20, 2020 · 594 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 125 views

Humor Sisters daylight savings time

A riff on DST from my Friday Flash Fiction project.

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The Ballad Of Gushy The Accident Fairy

Published Apr 18, 2020 · 514 words (2 minutes) · 118 views

Fantasy Humor Satire poetry potty humor nursery rhyme

A silly poem about a fairy who causes people to have potty accidents.

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toilet paper

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The Sentence

Published Mar 21, 2020 · 579 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 99 views

Humor Literary Fiction flash fiction meta courtroom drama

Some stunt fiction that I originally wrote as part of my Friday Flash Fiction experiment. The gimmick: the entire story is a single sentence.

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Gavel on black background with copy space. Concept for legal, lawyer, judge, law, auction and attorney.

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Title Of A Recursive Story

Published Feb 18, 2020 · 580 words (3 minutes) · 94 views

Humor meta

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Favorite Color

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Dragon Steaks

Published Jan 11, 2020 · 591 words (3 minutes) · 87 views

Fantasy Humor

I wrote this for my Friday Flash Fiction project a few years ago, and it's one of my favorites. It will go out free to my mailing list.

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Featured September 20, 2020

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Stefan The Wise

Published Mar 30, 2019 · 597 words (3 minutes) · 7 likes · 485 views

Horror Humor Science Fiction halloween ghost seance psychic

Stefan the Wise speaks to ghosts—and sometimes those ghosts include con artists and motormouths. Patrick Rothfuss chose this tongue-in-cheek tale to be adapted for Wisconsin Public Radio, available in audio here.

Author Kurt Pankau is a software engineer in St. Louis whose interests include board games, dad jokes, and stories about time travel.

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Leaving Home

Published Mar 14, 2019 · 607 words (3 minutes) · 2 likes · 482 views

Science Fiction time travel sad

Chris never told his mother that he wanted to go and help police the timelines, but he's been accepted into the program and now it's time to say goodbye.

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Elegant man waiting on street