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Brutalist Stories #26

Brutalist Stories
in Fiction

Fifteen years? Seems longer somehow. Fifteen years ago they appeared in the sky. From Zero, things hit One pretty quickly. Boom, they were just there, one minute we’re alone in the universe, well, at ...

Outrun Stories #26

Outrun Stories
in Fiction

Hiding in the night, that’s all I’ve got now. I didn’t ask to be turned into one of these things. Sure, fucking sure, it always seemed to me that it would be pretty cool, the reality? Very different. ...

Science Fiction: Science as Craft

Nadia Davidson
in Culture

Writing is a craft. We talk of crafting a story, and of wordsmiths who forge metaphors from the white heat of their imaginations. The creation of fiction, therefore, involves a process akin to that of...

Brutalist Stories #25

Brutalist Stories
in Fiction

“—and what do we take from this?” I look down at them, give them a moment. Pathetic, soulless, shrink wrapped, and ready to pick up off a shelf somewhere in the annals of time; "One whole life: Wasted...

The Game

gillian pajor
in Fiction

"Hello?" I called, looking into the darkness. There was no light or sound. "Is someone there?" I called out again. I had no memory of how I had gotten here or where I was. I went to take a step forwar...

Outrun Stories #25

Outrun Stories
in Fiction

“The easy way out?” she asks herself, cruising along the Pacific coast highway, top down, the moist night blowing through her thick hair. “Is there ever any easy way out?” She flicks her cigarette awa...

Birdhead Father in Brightness

F. Simon Grant
in Fiction

When Birdhead Father found the box baby (as his name in that moment went from being "Birdhead" to "Birdhead Father") the problem was his (literal) birdhead moved independently as a (literal) bird's mi...

Spring

Matt Feinstein
in Fiction

Carl is drinking heavily—two bottles of gin and a bottle of Hennessey. He sits alone in his home with the television volume turned way up. He’s watching a funny sitcom but can’t remember the name. He ...

The Voice of the Universe

Alva v.Harzi
in Culture

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is t...

Quietude of Soul

Τίποτα Oὔτις
in Fiction

A Diary, by Τίποτα Oὔτις

Sweethearts: Chapter 1

Chas C. Smith
in Fiction

Zaz is in love. Unfortunately, he's in love with two different women. Before you get critical, he's not dating either one of them right now. Let us start from the beginning. Zaz started his day as he ...

Gender Ender

Mickey Finn
in Fiction

Carter didn’t know who she was or where she came from. He went to bed and when he woke up and came downstairs there she was at the casino bar. She had perfectly coiffed red hair, cut in a style from t...

Shoulders of Knees

F. Simon Grant
in Fiction

John Anomalies sold real estate for Shoulders of Knees long before he knew his whole world was inside the body of Theo Huxtable. Everything was full of bright light, unexpected in retrospect for insid...

The Close

Carla Day
in Fiction

A nondescript Volvo estate rolls down the gravelled drive, the engine switched off. This is the perfect way to intrigue a whole close, cobbled-together with geriatric and naturally suspicious neighbou...

The Best Novel You Likely Never Heard Of

Paul Levinson
in Buyer’s Guide

Right, it's not one of my mine. And I do this every few years — blog about a novel that's not only one of the best you likely never heard of, but, for what it's worth, is one of the best I've ever rea...

A Lunch Meeting With Death

Nicholas Anthony
in Fiction

Death was late again for lunch. Or, it had already happened for him. Skipping as he did along time like it was an elastic band stretching and contracting to his amused will. He laughed at the linear c...