The Sisters of Light

Author : J.R.Blackwell, Staff Writer The Sisters of Light arrived for my mother when I was eleven years old. Their robes flashed like light in a storm, shifting and unexpected. My mother welcomed them into our home. She knew why they were there but she acted like it was just a social call, smiling like […]

Meeting Vanya

Author : Viktor Kuprin October 30, 1961 – Five aircraft rose into the arctic sky from the Olyena airbase, headed northeast over the Barents Sea, towards the frozen wastes of Novaya Zemlya Island. The largest plane, a roaring turboprop Bear bomber, carried Vanya. The most beautiful, a silvery Tupolev-16 loaded with cameras and recording devices, […]

Butterfly Phoenix

Author : Lirael “What’s your name?” “Butterfly. Butterfly Phoenix.” “Well, that’s a stupid name.” Butterfly heard that a lot. Being only five years old, she took the insults rather well. She never even thought to change her name. She loved it. Her mother told her that her Daddy, a famous airship pilot, had given it […]

Post War Man

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer I’m surprised you decided to come out here. No, no – I’m happy you did, just surprised. Your drink ok? Good. You must find me fascinating, kind of the poster boy for post war re-creation. I’m not the only one you know, there are a lot more soldiers just […]

The Dream of Terraforming Venus

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Cody Starr, the seventy-fifth Director of The Venusian Terraforming Program, removed his foot-gear and waded into the warm Venusian Ocean on the western shore of New America. The sun very slowly inched its way above the western horizon to begin the long Venusian day (equal to 243 Earth days). […]

Division of Labour

Author : Simon Petrie There’d been big changes at Dave’s workplace. Dave, 43, had been offered retirement, but he’d opted to stay employed in the burgeoning industry that he, as a roboticist, had helped initiate. The society-wide introduction of working robots (more pedantically ICs, ‘intelligent constructs’) had been the past century’s dream, finally brought to […]

Clankers

Author : Grady Hendrix There’s that clanking, again. There’s that ratcheting, sound. There’s that grinding of gears and that whining of servos. He’s gotten used to the way his guest bedroom sounds like a robot factory, ever since Grife Marauder showed up. “Jim, you gotta take me in, man,” Grife’d said. Grife was an old […]

Glittering Tumours

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer That’s the thing about silicates. They get cancer from radiation, just like us, except their tumors are jewels. The silicate in front of me here has a head full of diamonds. He’s looking up at me with his prism eyes. When the sun shines through the hospital window, the […]

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I’ve Got Mail

Author : James Smith Sarah’s eyes went dim for a second, and I figured she was getting mail. She squinted with one eye and said, “That’s weird. I just… got… headmail from my… from Richard.” “What’s he say?” “‘Wanna get dinner? Wear the red dress.’” “Are you serious?” “This is crazy…” The waitress walked by, […]

Uncommon Values

Author : Sam Clough aka “Hrekka”, Staff Writer Kana took a deep breath and brought the butt of her father’s rifle to her shoulder. She tilted her head, both eyes open and focused beyond the length of the barrel. The iron foresight that perched at the end of the weapon had been cast as a […]

Second Childhood

Author : J.R.Blackwell, Staff Writer “How is the Krugar adjusting to his second childhood?” The Krugar’s mother motioned to the reporter to sit. “We don’t call him The Krugar here, in his will, he requested that we call him Uill, as he was called in his first childhood.” The Krugar’s mother looked like a fairy […]

Demeter

Author : Andrew Bolt “Why is there no Zeus, Vale? Why am I the only one?” Dee sits on a pile of aquamarine thermal pillows. Cushions of air, tinted and pressurized, hold her aloft, warming her blood and chlorophyll and making her glow red and green like Christmas. “C’mon, Dee. You know this one. You […]

Everyone

Author : Chris McCormick When we finally made contact it wasn’t in the way that everyone expected. It wasn’t like Star Trek, or Sagan, or Alien. It should have been kind of obvious, looking at an atlas of the universe that there were so many of us. Tiny tiny tiny tiny tiny points of life […]

LOLcats

Author : Joshua Reynolds “Can I has cheeseburger?” the cat whined plaintively. It’s voice was an electronic squeal that grated on Jim’s nerves. Jim swatted the cat on the butt and pushed it off of the desk. “No.” “Plz?” it mewled up at him, eyes unblinking. Jim shook his head. “I said no.” “OMG.” the […]

The Capellian Option

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Captain Goff sat at the head of the conference table. “Well, we find ourselves in a rather precarious situation. The Capellians have seized our ship, as well as the flagship of the Rana. They claim that our war with the Rana has violated their sovereign space. We have been […]

Crossing The Lines

Author : Michael Varian Daly Dawn’s light angled off the blank brick walls of the narrow alley. The air shimmered, then expanded like a large soap bubble and softly popped. Iyo stood there for a moment to orientate herself. She glanced up and around. No windows. Bioforms reading only insects and the odd rodent. “Clear,” […]

The Last Kremer Prize

Author : J. S. Kachelries The Gossamer Comet hung motionless 10 meters beyond the Folkestone Colony’s outermost habitation “wheel.” The Gossamer Comet was a one-man “human-powered” spacecraft that was about to attempt to win the last unclaimed Kremer Prize, a £100,000 award for the first person to “fly” unaided, in less than twelve hours, between […]

Tommy Texas

Author : B.York, Staff Writer Tommy Texas was born in Sienna where his ma and his pa taught him to thank others for the luxuries they had. They thanked Peter for the ability to cook; they thanked Kimberly for the ride into town, and they thanked their grandpa Jeremiah for the television shows they watched […]

Social Service

Author : Kathy Kachelries, Staff Writer It was a no-call assignment, and Carson hated no-call assignments. Attempts to contact the McCaulty family through conventional mail had been unsuccessful, though he noted that the lever of the mailbox had been raised, indicating recent use. They had no telephone, of course. Carson shifted the car to manual […]

The Little Nothing

Author : Adam Wiesen White. Sterile. No roof, no walls, no floors. No shadows. Make a sound. Hear anything? Of course not: no acoustics. You look nervous, Ben. Don’t. We’re not there yet. This is just a test. Plugged into your parietal lobe, running a line into your implant. The real deal takes way more […]

Troublesome Customer

Author : Jeremy M. Hall “Welcome to Chrono-Real Estate-Advertising. How may I help you?” “I’m here to buy from March 1, 1650 to March 30, 1650 for the entire city of Jamestown, Virgina.” “Sir, we can’t do that.” “I have a suitcase with several million dollars that says you can.” “No, sir. We cannot do […]

Glory Star

Author : J.R.Blackwell, Staff Writer The old man may have looked like Santa if he smiled, but red faced and spitting he was closer to a vengeful devil than the spirit of giving. The old man cornered Uill with his sizable bulk. “You are not a poet.” He said, stepping closer. He stunk of rotted […]

See Food

Author : Viktor Kuprin When the alien ship reached us, we were down to four hours of oxygen and nothing in our prospector ship’s food storage. It was the Tsoor who rescued us, the ones who look like walking man-of-war jellyfish. Oh, they were nice and polite enough, and they even had a Tsooriski-to-Russki translator […]

The Prodigal

Author : Benjamin Fischer “Have a seat, Jim,” said the General. “Is this what I think it’s about, sir?” the Colonel asked, shutting the hatch behind him. He sat down. Across from him, a LED nameplate proclaimed “Major General David Pietz USAF, Commander-in-Chief Colonial Expeditionary Force” on a broad, glass-covered aluminum desk. Behind it the […]

A Matter of Interpretation

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer “I’m sorry, if I’d have realized you were coming tonight, I’d have prepared a more substantial demonstration.” The Professor addressed the Investor nervously, moving piles of notes and abandoned test equipment out of his way. “Your message stated there had been a significant development.” The Investor stood unaffected amidst […]

It’s Pirate Season

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The sound of a bugle woke me up. Damn, reveille. I hate that sound. I swore an oath to myself that I’d fix that one day. I unzip my “bunk” and float out. As I began to put on my uniform, I smiled again at the poster on the […]

The Return

Author : Grady Hendrix “Wait!” he said. “Look at that!” “What the hell is it?” she asked, slamming on the hovercar brakes. “You’ve never seen one?” he asked. She shook her head. “You’re in for a treat,” he said, bouncing up and down with excitement. “Come on.” He scrambled out of the hovercar and onto […]

Sheer Irony

Author : Sarah Klein “You must think yourself pretty clever, Mr. Culler,” Parkinson said, snickering. “Look at all these devices you’ve rigged up to catch an intruder. Do you notice how I’ve been able to avoid every single one without losing a drop of blood?” He cackled. Culler said nothing as he awoke from a […]

Ancestors

Author : J.R.Blackwell, Staff Writer Maja’s ancestors conferred in her head before the date. “Wear a dress!” said her great grandmother. “Not that one!” cried her great grandfather “He will think you are a whore, and will offer you money for sex.” “Old man, you are behind the times.” Said Florence, Maja’s grandmother. “Dresses like […]

Making Up For Lost Time

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The correctional facility did not work for me. I left the building with the need to make up for lost time. I waited exactly one day and sixteen hours before I grabbed someone and dragged him into an alley to resume work on cleaning the world like I was […]

I’ve Seen Things…

365tomorrows launched August 1st, 2005 with the lofty goal of providing a new story every day for a year. We’ve been on the wire ever since.

Our stories are a mix of those lovingly hand crafted by a talented pool of staff writers, and select stories received by submission.

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"Flash fiction is fiction with its teeth bared and its claws extended, lithe and muscular with no extra fat. It pounces in the first paragraph, and if those claws aren’t embedded in the reader by the start of the second, the story began a paragraph too soon. There is no margin for error. Every word must be essential, and if it isn’t essential, it must be eliminated."

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