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Steven Harper

The Soul Jar

Mar 24, 2019 · 14,523 words (53 minutes) · 1 like · 6 views

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Last week, I posted "Thin Man," a dark fantasy set in Victorian London about a climbing boy named Dodd. Decades later, I was invited to submit a story to THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY steampunk anthology, and it occurred to me that Dodd's story wasn't finished yet. So I wrote "The Soul Jar." Out of all my short stories, this one is my favorite. See if you agree. THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY is still in print at Book View Cafe:

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Phillip T. Stephens

Still Life With Suits: Deconstructing algorithms of will

Mar 24, 2019 · 2,456 words (9 minutes)

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Artificial intelligence, marketing simulations and the possible end of the world.


Deborah J. Ross

Sweet Prince

Mar 22, 2019 · 965 words (4 minutes) · 9 views

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I performed the role of Gertrude in a college production of Hamlet and always felt there was more to her than is generally assumed. Once I'd had children of my own and once they had survived until early adulthood, I was even more sympathetic. On the other hand, I raised my daughters to be strong, independent women and then it was too late to change my mind.


Graham Robert Scott

A Raging Fire

Mar 22, 2019 · 46 words (1 minute) · 1 like · 25 views

Fantasy Humor Romance

Herewith follows a rare description longer than the story, the tale itself being a mere 46 words: One summer Saturday, a man goes to the library, where--uncertain what he is looking for, browsing aimlessly, in no hurry to return home to the mortification awaiting him there--he wanders until he stumbles across something which he very much needs, and it is at this moment we begin our story, which never needed this preamble and, you can be assured, will not have been spoiled by it.

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James Van Pelt

That He Might Yet Find the Unknown

Mar 22, 2019 · 8,867 words (33 minutes) · 24 views

Science Fiction marathon running athletics

Epic athletic achievements are the stuff of legend, starting with Pheidippides running from the Battle of Marathon to announce the Greek victory over the Persians. Since then, athletes have pushed harder and harder to break records and stand on top the awards podium. In the future, with technology's help, the records will become breathtaking, but the contest will still be within, and the athletes will still compete for themselves.

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Erin K. Wagner

Green Ways

Mar 22, 2019 · 4,845 words (18 minutes)

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Thomas makes an unfortunate deal with a fairy.


Barbara Krasnoff

Sparkle: A Science Fictional Allegory

Mar 22, 2019 · 496 words (2 minutes) · 71 views

Satire Science Fiction

Written on the subway and inspired by current events.


Verna McKinnon

Dragon Toast

Mar 22, 2019 · 6,079 words (23 minutes) · 23 views


The magic of childhood friendships is special, even for dragons.

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Hal Y. Zhang

Peripheral #13

Mar 22, 2019 · 100 words (1 minute) · 1 like · 9 views

Science Fiction flash fiction micro fiction

Are you oriented? A tiny simulated story.


Holly Heisey

Power Outage

Mar 21, 2019 · 6,107 words (23 minutes) · 11 views

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When the Destroyer comes, worlds fall. Trauma gave Lieve the ability to fly and manipulate energy fields and she joined the Wardens in protecting her world. Now the Destroyer of Worlds has come down from the sky, and to save her world she must confront her past and the nature of her powers themselves.