The Last Art on Earth

Author : Janna Layton Cassandra walked down Lilac Street, past the same WMG Corporation superstores and chain restaurants on every Lilac Street in every city. “When you’re in a WMG City, you’re home!” a billboard declared. As she approached, the scanner read her retina to gather information from the marketing database. The billboard then displayed […]

Downer

Author : Andy Bolt I am hopeful and afraid. I am hateful and compassionate. I am selfish and embarrassed. I’m Garret Garvy, an emotive Botch. We were a small number of neurological guinea pigs for Johns Hopkins a few years back, participating in the Mechanical Smile Project, an experiment in emotion control. Not in the […]

Catharsis

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Lieutenant Bensen’s neck snapped in my strong hands with a crack and a gurgle. Her surprised eyes goggled up at me as her body went limp. Corporal Manciewicz lay behind me in pieces already while the happy captain himself, mister high-and-mighty Captain Pankter, squatted terrified in front of me […]

Natural Progression

Author : Todd Keisling, featured writer Jimmy lost his pinky finger today. I can’t wait ’til I lose mine. Mommy says it’s gonna happen sooner or later. Sometimes I daydream about it—what it’d be like to lose my arm, my foot, my fingers and hands. The kids at school, Billy Zemicks and Janna Clebold and […]

Time Enough for a Wedding

Author : Grady Hendrix …and he suddenly wakes up with a start. The light was all wrong, a brief nap shouldn’t have taken this – 5:45! Oh, god. Oh, no. Why hadn’t his alarm clock gone off? Eric squeezed his forehead in his hands and made a high-pitched sound: he had slept through his own […]

Frozen

Author : Kathy Kachelries, Staff Writer “You won’t like it there,” Rajani’s brother said. “People go crazy like that, so far from the sun. There’s science behind it. I saw it on the forums.” Sam’s avatar hung on the screen throughout the call: himself at twenty-one, tanned and grinning as he reclined in a white […]

Recruiters

Author : Todd Keisling, featured writer My brother used to tell me about the glory days, when the Government was less unified and there was more than a single state. Usually what he told me went along with what they taught us at the Academy in history class, but sometimes he’d add little details here […]

The Forsaken

Author : Debbie Mac Rory We have no choice, they said. We have to leave. We don’t know where we can go, or even if we can survive out there, but we can’t live here any longer. But there isn’t enough room here for all of us. And then it became clear that the “we” […]

Spring

Author : TJMoore The path to the discovery of intelligent non-human life was, for me, a life’s journey. SETI had invested billions in high tech telescopes and antenna arrays, thousands of personnel hours and miles of red tape, without a single positive result. I had done it at the cost of just over five hundred […]

Flyby

Author : Viktor Kuprin Any starship could request a flyby. Popik received them all the time from the Customs Patrols and the Space Force when they needed to eyeball our ship. If they wanted a bribe that day, they’d come aboard Popik’s old Mod One. He would shake hands with the thug-in-charge and discretely pass […]

Time Enough for Twilight

Author : Todd Keisling, featured writer Mr. Serling entered the cafe and took a seat at the bar. He ordered the lunch special which, for that day, was a bowl of vegetable soup, carrot sticks and a peanut butter sandwich. His arrival did not go unnoticed. Rob watched from his booth table while his girlfriend, […]

Taurus

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Annette sways forward and for a second it’s like there’s no bonesetter in her bloodstream. She’s languid again. Graceful and alive. Pre-soldier. We’re friends. That’s hard to come by this far out in the rings. Most of the other folks float silently around me in a stellar hermitage braid. […]

In the Eye of the Beholder

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer My head was throbbing. I pinched the bridge of my nose in an attempt to ease the pain. It didn’t help. “Try rubbing your temples. That seems to work for me,” suggested a gravelly voice to my right. Prior to that instant, I didn’t know anyone was with me. […]

The Collector

Author : Todd Keisling, featured writer It’s the smell that gets to me. Agent Lennox ducks his head out from the kitchen just in time to watch me vomit into the hall. “You okay, Church?” “Yeah,” I tell him. “Just peachy-keen.” The smell is that of burning meat Inside the kitchen are the remains of […]

Mega Flare, by Patricia Stewart, new on the Voices of Tomorrow Podcast

Mega Flare , by Patricia Stewart is now up on the Voices of Tomorrow Podcast, the official podcast of 365tomorrows. Mega Flare was written by Patricia Stewart, and read and produced by JR Blackwell.

Time Assassin

Author : Daniel Rosenblum “This wasn’t what I expected the past to be like.” I looked around warily, absorbing the unfamiliar sights. I was alone in a rotund, palatial chamber, standing at the center beneath a sweeping ceiling supported by ornate columns. Yellow shafts of early-morning sunlight penetrated the room’s few windows, casting soft, dramatic […]

Amateur Historian

Author : Robert Niescier “Why do you keep writing in there?” He looked up and into her eyes, through steam shaded orange from the bonfire’s glow, and smiled. “It’s so people, future people, remember everything we went through. So we don’t get lost as just two generic survivors of the bad times. History tends to […]

Chameleon

Author : Debbie Mac Rory My knee is still bleeding from the last time I fell and my trousers keep sticking to them, bringing forth fresh darts of pain. But I’m too scared to use my torch here. I’ve already been stopped by two division patrols on my way here; I guess my research wasn’t […]

Level Seven

Author : Todd Keisling, featured writer Dr. Watson and Dr. Blair watched as the orderlies interned the patient in observation room three. Dr. Blair scratched absently at the back of his hand. “So,” Dr. Watson said, “what’s his story?” He gestured to the nameless patient in the straightjacket. Both orderlies left him in one corner […]

Let Him Dangle

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer It’s a strange thing, knowing exactly when you’re going to die. Luther had become accustomed to the idea; the arrest, the charge of treason. He knew it was a death sentence the moment they’d kicked down his door. He was surprised only at how easily he faced the imminence […]

Jarima

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer It was always slightly embarrassing for me to watch Jarima try to pick up a guy. She had a bodybuilder’s physique. She had a wide rubbery mouth and a strong jaw. She had bright red hair kept short. A little spray of freckles danced across the bridge of her […]

Hey Rube, by Steve Smith, new on the Voices of Tomorrow Podcast

Hey Rube , by Steve Smith is now up on the Voices of Tomorrow Podcast, the official podcast of 365tomorrows. Hey Rube was written, read and produced by Steve Smith. Listen to it Here.

The Mad Man

Author : Todd Keisling, featured writer Colt was a block from his apartment when the curfew alarms went off. The firing klaxon startled him, and he dropped his smokes. Heart pounding, he retrieved them and ducked into a nearby alley. It wasn’t long before the first patrol sped by, its rifles poised and searchlights tracking […]

Lives

Author : Michael Varian Daly Paln gently cupped the small green vegetable in the attachment designed for its harvesting. The steel segmented orb closed – a soft ‘snick’ – cutting the stem. Paln carefully placed the hard round vegetable among its brethren in the bin strapped to his midsection…and felt Pleasure. “Brussels sprout,” he sub-vocalized. […]

Physical Therapy

Author : Grady Hendrix Danny Leeds really wanted to punch his wife in the mouth. Over the last two years she had managed to cast their relationship as one where he was constantly the oppressor and she was eternally the victim. If he said anything she didn’t like, it was an attack. If he told […]

Pocket Change

Author : B.York, Staff Writer Kale made a habit of playing only in his backyard. The public display of toying with small action figures in the park or at a friends house made Kale a shy boy indeed. Instead, he would enjoy the comfort of solitary imagination in his backyard. The young boy, only eleven […]

Joyride

Author : Todd Keisling, featured writer From: Mason, Ed Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2154 8:02 AM To: Mason, Brandy Subject: RE: When are you coming home? Dear Brandy, I told them this was a bad idea. After over a hundred years of planning, the eggheads in Houston finally sent us to Mars. We get there, […]

Sam Spade, by TJMoore, new on the Voices of Tomorrow Podcast

Sam Spade , by TJMoore is now up on the Voices of Tomorrow Podcast, the official podcast of 365tomorrows. Sam Spade was written by TJMoore, and read by Steve Smith. Listen to it Here.

Fishing for Disasters

Author : Sam Clough aka “Hrekka”, Staff Writer “What are you doing?” “Fishing for disasters.” Proc looked up from his console and gestured towards the giant radio telescope that dominated the view from his window. ‘The ‘R-PSD’ logo was stamped across the base of the dish. Conspicuously, this was the name of Proc’s ex-employer. “There’s […]

Disqualified

Author : JT Heyman “Name?” “Archimedes Goldblatt Jastrembski Akune,” the applicant replied. The immigration official looked at the application on his holoscreen and nodded. He studied the screen. Akune studied the office. Behind the official’s chair, a hologram of the great seal of the Colony of New Canada floated without a ripple. Akune’s eyes narrowed. […]

September Featured Writer

The third year of 365tomorrows is now under way, and with it comes new featured writers. For the month of September we’re proud to present the writing of Todd Keisling, author of the novel A Life Transparent. Todd’s work is fantastic, and we’re very pleased that he’s written eight new stories for us to share […]

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.

The archives are deep, feel free to dive in.

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What is Flash Fiction?

"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."

Kathy Kachelries, Founding Member