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Ben Serna-Grey

Smoke & Hamsters

Published Mar 7, 2020 · 4,946 words (18 minutes) · 92 views

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One of, if not the weirdest story I've ever written. The idea came to fruition when I was driving around with my friend Matt. What had originally been written as a comic script back when I was still under the impression that that was a thing I'd be doing, it got trunked for years,then reworked as a short story. It found a home in the final issue of the forever beloved Broadswords and Blasters. Minor content warning for bodily excretions.

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Marlee Jane Ward

The Structure

Published Mar 7, 2020 · 3,562 words (13 minutes) · 37 views

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This is one of the first short stories I finished when I refocused on writing starting in 2012. I got the idea when I was lost in a multi-storey carpark, trying to find my car. This was one of my Clarion West application stories (I mean, one of the successful ones!) It took 2nd place in the KSP Foundation's annual short-story prize in 2014, and was originally published on the now-defunct but totally rad Australian science-fiction short-story site 'Slink Chunk Press'.

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KJ Kabza

You Can Take It With You

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

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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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KJ Kabza

Announcing a complete novella in 7 parts: "You Can Take It With You"

Published Jan 4, 2020 · 252 words (1 minute) · 98 views

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Announcing "You Can Take It With You," a science fiction novella about privatized digital afterlives. One new chapter will post each week.

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Mia Moss

Ask Me About My Book Club

Published Dec 9, 2019 · 5,521 words (21 minutes) · 367 views

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In the near future, dragons have taken over the governance of the United States. Their regime is ruthless: unauthorized magic is outlawed & witches are subject to brutal execution. But under the guise of an influencer-friendly brunch and bookclub, a network of covens works to undermine the dragons at every turn. This story was previously published in Crossed Genres' Resist Fascism anthology.

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Featured November 30, 2019

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Jen Knox

Green

Published Nov 28, 2019 · 2,365 words (9 minutes) · 4 likes · 427 views

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Joseph’s only deviation from regulation minimalism is an illicit second bicycle... until he meets Alyssa, a dumpster-diving, live-streaming, crowd-funded wanderer.

Award-winning author Jen Knox hails from Ohio, and her work has been featured in The Best Small Fictions 2017, The Saturday Evening Post, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and NPR, among many others.

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KJ Kabza

The Vision of Miss Elaine

Published Oct 18, 2019 · 6,750 words (25 minutes)

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Thanks to a new neural imaging technique, Science can now peer so deeply into a human mind, it's possible to map a person's private mental landscape of symbolic representation--and use that map to build a piece of Art so perfectly tailored, it stops the customer from hungering for any other Art forever. To support his family, artist Mick Lawson is forced to work in the industry that's killing his craft... and in doing so, he meets a client who might also destroy his marriage.

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Stephen Dedman

Shades of Green

Published Sep 4, 2019 · 10,115 words (37 minutes) · 2 likes · 224 views

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While refugees wait on their planet with too little food or breathable air, a family of scientists come up with an untried way to keep everyone alive... but there are risks. Set in the same timeline as my story 'Transit', published in THE LADY OF SITUATIONS.

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KJ Kabza

Bed 17

Published Aug 3, 2019 · 1,779 words (7 minutes) · 125 views

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Nurse Anjee knows that bio-nanites are the cutting edge of personalized medicine: they can kill cancerous cells, keep down inflammation, keep insulin receptors functional, and keep waistlines trim. But if they can be programmed, then they can be hacked--and to her hospital comes the most terrifying, cutting-edge hack of all.

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Featured August 2, 2019

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James Van Pelt

The Last of the O-Forms

Published Jul 31, 2019 · 6,295 words (23 minutes) · 5 likes · 440 views

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Dr. Trevin’s Traveling Zoological Extravaganza raked in the cash in the early days of the DNA-mutating plague—it was even featured in Newsweek! But now that mutated animals roam every city and town, Trevin and Caprice (a preternaturally smart 12-year-old) will need to resort to more desperate measures to stay relevant.

This Nebula-finalist story originally appeared in Asimov’s in 2004. Author James Van Pelt, an English teacher turned full-time writer, has also been nominated for the Sturgeon and Campbell awards, and published dozens of short stories and novels.

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So… My mother and I were walking around the zoo and we decided to stop and chat with this ape. It was amazing!, the ape appears to understand what my mother says. They touched hands and all that human/animal love… and when I touch just the shoulder of my mom to tell her that we must be going home, the animal start throwing dust at me and yelling. It was hilarious.