Story of the Week: October 19

Every Orphan Child to a Good Home Should Go

By Karlo Yeager Rodríguez

FantasyHumor

928 words (4 minutes) · 2 likes

Familiar tales are not always what they seem. Enjoy a different spin on wicked stepparents with this week's story, “Every Orphan Child to a Good Home Should Go,” by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Karlo now lives and writes in Baltimore, Maryland.

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short story

Featured October 12, 2017

Helena Bell

Robot

1822 words (7 minutes) · 2 likes

Science Fiction

Our story this week comes with razor-sharp teeth. The Nebula-nominated “Robot,” by Helena Bell, bends genres with skin-chilling ease: it’s not often we notice Southern Gothic elements in our science fiction (or vice versa?). Helena, also a certified cave diver and former SCUBA instructor, lives and writes in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We’re lucky to have several of her stories available on Curious Fictions. Give it a read, and tell us what you think.

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flash fiction

Featured October 5, 2017

Shane Halbach

Copy Machine

665 words (3 minutes) · 4 likes

Literary FictionScience Fiction

Our featured story this week comes from Chicago-based Shane Halbach, who counts writing, knitting, and accordion-playing among his many skills. We love this story for the poignant way it captures serendipity in such a short space, and we hope you enjoy it, too. “I’ll make a copy of you when you’re feeling flirty, and you can make a copy of me when I’m feeling handsome.”

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flash fiction

Featured September 28, 2017

Effie Seiberg

Re: Little Miss Apocalypse Playset

983 words (4 minutes) · 6 likes

HumorSatireScience Fiction

Welcome to a future happening in a conference room near you in this week's change of pace, “Re: Little Miss Apocalypse Playset,” brought to you by the wit of Effie Seiberg. Her work can be found in the “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” issue of Lightspeed, and many others. Read it on Curious Fictions—just as long as you've had your vaccinations first.

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short story

Featured September 21, 2017

L Chan

The Symphony of Park Myong Lee

5074 words (19 minutes) · 6 likes

Science Fiction

Our story this week features the mesmerizing words of L Chan, who hails from Singapore. “The Symphony of Park Myong Lee” raises the question: just how far can human potential reach when you’re one of dozens cloned and trained to emulate a star? L Chan said one idea that sparked the story was a funeral where everyone had the same face.

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short story

Featured September 14, 2017

Sara Saab

The Botix

2045 words (8 minutes) · 8 likes

Science Fiction

We’re excited to debut our first featured story by Sara Saab, a talented London-based writer, originally from Lebanon. Her work is striking for its emotional resonance across many contexts, no less in “The Botix,” featuring Arnie, an automated housekeeping unit infected with a “small mindware virus,” Escape.xprg. As Sara puts it, “he’d made a mistake, but he didn’t deserve the results.”

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