Trick or Treat

Author : J. S. Kachelries Officer Gannon of the Washington DC Police was clandestinely peeking around the trunk of a large maple tree next to the curb. A patrol car pulled up behind him and turned off its headlights. Sergeant Jose Viernes climbed out. “Hey, Bill, dispatch said you requested backup. What’s going on?” Gannon […]

Visiting the in-laws on Rigel 12

Author : Geoffrey Cashmore “I hate this bit.” Tress settled back into her trans-seat and blinked as the young man in the blue uniform smiled and sprayed a puff of Tranq into her face. “Blurq!” In the next seat, her husband lay back too as his host closed the canopy and set the dials, “Why […]

A Matter of Control

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Today I’m teaching my new arm how to stack discs on a peg. This exercise is no different from everything else I’ve done here lately. All pretty much futile. The way it’s supposed to work is with my real right arm I place the biggest blue ring on the […]

The More Things Change, etc.

Author : Cody Lorenz One explosion behind her, one to the left. Sylvia ducked into the nearest available hole, just as the third boom sent dust into that very same nook. She crouched, grabbing up the carbine, flipping open its cover, and staring at the little screen, pausing first to wipe the grime away. Her […]

Electric Revolution

Author : Grady Hendrix The woman on the bus was beautiful. That was true of most suicide bombers – they had a glow about them like an expectant mother or a rich man. The bus turned up the hill and she tried not to let her elbows bump into the explosives strapped to her ribs. […]

Fire

Author : Emily Cleaver Something was wrong. The explosions cracked through Kinleigh’s earpiece. On the periphery of his vision to the left delicate violet orchids of plasma fire bloomed in the low gravity against the black bulk of the hill. They were firing. Why the fuck were they firing? He felt fear kick at his […]

The Russian Package

Author : Viktor Kuprin Father was up late cleaning his long rifle and my old musket. Mother fried biscuits and packed pickle dog for us to take on our trip to Fort Needmore. No, we don’t eat dogs. That’s just what we called pickled baloney. We always took it when we went into the woods. […]

Temporal Psychosis

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Kathleen Wright entered the Temporal Control Room after being notified of a Class I permutation to the Primary Timeline. “I got your message, Williams. What’s the problem?” “Sorry to bother you on your day off, Ms Wright, but it appears that Charlie snapped. He was supposed to go back […]

The Art of the Sky

Author : Sam Clough aka “Hrekka”, Staff Writer “What’s that?” Cal asked, gesturing to the ornately patterned box resting on the mat in the centre of Petra’s cabin. His passenger had a southerner’s skin, and the wrist spurs that showed her to be a Kadian, a native of the desert. “La boîte de ciel,” she […]

Agent 13

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Agent 13 jumped out of the bomb-bay doors of the scrambler jet into silent extended twilight. He fell for three calm, wind-buffeted minutes before starfishing his teflon squirrelwings out. The wrist-to-ankle elastic bodychute helped him brake with no heat signature before he hit the living hull of a brand […]

Afar

Author : Simon Petrie Afar contemplates lifting something small, a souvenir, but is distracted by the conversation at the next table: “…forgot our anniversary, so I’m sending flowers back.” “Isn’t that dangerous?” “You kidding? It’s just one day. Not going to affect anything, except avoid an argument.” “Still don’t see why they allow it. Bloody […]

A New Kind of Data

Author : Beth Mathison She knew it was a bad idea when the man dropped dead in front of her. She had seen death before, when she had lived on the streets. But that had been long ago, almost a different life. The suddenness of this man’s death had caught her off guard. “Cari, we […]

Spot

Author : Debbie Mac Rory The thing shrieked like a badly tuned violin. “It’s been making those sounds for days now”, the woman said. The white-robed man nodded absentmindedly; he was unable to tear his eyes away from the creature on the examining table. A lumpy looking creature with gray-brown skin which was strangely cold […]

The Star Prince

Author : J.R.Blackwell, Staff Writer Lucias XI, the Star Prince, son of Byron II, the Merchant King, threw open the double doors to the marble war room. His demeanor was fierce, his face chiseled, displaying no emotion. His wiry body was tense, coiled. He pointed as he stomped into the room, his heels clicking against […]

Just Like Everyday

Author : Steven Holland You awake; the familiar smell of synthetic, processed food greets you. The pneumatic tube has delivered three packages of food. They contain artificial eggs, sausage, and pancakes today, just like every day. You, Stackhouse, and Sergeant Zimmerman begin your breakfast. It’s the three of you today, just like everyday. As you […]

An Android’s Story

Author : Tim Brown The wind blew fiercely from behind him, ruffling his long chestnut colored hair and brushing it over his eyes. Absentmindedly he took his slender fingers and pushed the shoulder-length strands aside, hardly putting thought to the bellowing gales coming from the north. He should have felt the chill it was spreading […]

Sun Surfing

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The red vinyl of the gearshifter was warm from conducting the engine heat. I readjusted my grip on the softening plastic and aimed for the sun. This was gravity surfing at its finest. The cab of my surfship was alive with luck trinkets. Dice from friends, small engine parts […]

Freedom Pets

Author : Grady Hendrix Tom Rush (D-Massachusetts) squatted and hugged his Labrador-Beagle mix at the perfect angle for the camera to see just how much he loved his dog. “Mashudu is the luckiest dog in the world and I am so proud to play a part in what has been one of the most successful […]

Pinups

Author : Viktor Kuprin “B83-1 was the human designation for the devices. We first thought the images might be related to the trigger mechanism, but it isn’t so,” explained Intelligence Reporter PLOF-873 as he followed his commander into the storage bunker. “We have the human leader of this base in custody. There is high confidence […]

Slice Street

Author : Nate Swanson Slice Street is the place to be on a weekend. Part time med students scurry out of university complexes to ply the skills they picked up during classes for a few marks. The sounds of nipping, tucking, and all variety of additions can be heard all over. When someone comes stumbling […]

An Imperial Promulgation

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer With his lone eye properly focused on the Emperor’s hooves, Secretary Uith’eems said with a clear air of submissiveness, “Pardon the interruption, Your Majesty, but our advanced scouts have detected a new intelligent lifeform in the Sirius Sector. They request your divine guidance concerning First Contact protocols.” Dieuximust the […]

Hold Hell at Bay

Author : Sam Clough aka “Hrekka”, Staff Writer When I was sixteen, they gave me the viruses to force my body to adapt to the heat. The process was…painful. It’s the most pain I can ever remember experiencing. Nerve and muscle and bone, all being stretched into new shapes, all at once. The first virus […]

God the Pilot

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Two-Hands passed the biofilter test, allowing him into the cockpit to talk to God. The door to God’s house irised open and he stepped through. Two-Hands had the gross overbite and mental retardation that went hand in hand with the comparatively benign mutations of his family tribe. He was […]

Annabet

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Terrence paid for a coffee and fifteen minutes of net time with cash, and, careful to keep his eyes down and away from the security camera, worked his way to the back of the café where he could chat in private. Positioning the coffee cup carefully so no part […]

Psychic Partners

Author : William Tracy Before I received my emo chip, I guess I thought I would feel my own emotions and those of the other person as distinct and separate. Somehow, it never quite worked that way. * * * “David Woodward,” the bald man in the lab jacket read the name off the paperwork, […]

Dragon

Author : Scott Hallford They called him Dragon. I never understood why until I saw one of his “shows”—the little gatherings in the dark alley behind the pub. Some folks traveled over from Warshire or Bromley to see the muscled lad, a man no older than twenty-five, who breathed fire and swallowed flame. Of course, […]

Solution for a Whole Man

Author : Jennifer C. Brown aka Laieanna “It’s a symbiotic relationship,” explained the salesman, sliding open deep red curtains that lined three of the four building walls. The door and windows to the street were all on the remaining fourth. When the curtains danced back over golden rods, long glass cases with two rows of […]

Bugs

Author : Adam Wiesen (Dark sludge slides across the matte surface like an oil spill. Hands reach down, grip and…) …effects of the sickgun weren’t wearing off like he’d hoped. Joya whimpered from the back seat. She’d taken the worst of it: twelve seconds of flashing ultraviolet to the face followed by 94 ghz millimeter […]

New Beginnings

Author : D.J. Keim The receptionist smiled. “It’s the third corridor on your left, opposite marriage counselling. Dr Sarkoski is expecting you in his office. That’s room 24.” Simon dutifully thanked the receptionist and followed her instructions. He knocked on the clouded glass door that awaited him. The door opened revealing the welcoming smile of […]

Forever and Ever, Amen

Author : Grady Hendrix The carriage stopped at the entrance to the NASA Space Propulsion Laboratories and the Grand Inquisitor of the State of Florida strode forth into the facility sending scientists scurrying like frightened chickens. They all knew why he was there: Dr. Stewart’s son. “Take me to the boy,” the Inquisitor demanded, seizing […]

September Featured Writer Redux

It’s October, and the start of a new month is making me reflective. The first feature of our third year at 365tomorrows has been a great success, both for us, for you as our readers, and for Todd Keisling, author of the novel A Life Transparent. If you’ve found Todd’s stories engaging, drop by the […]

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.

Tomorrows Past

A Point in Time

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