Secrets of the Universe

Author : Scott E Meyer “Some of what you are about to read you will think is science fiction, ” said the front of the dust jacket, “But I assure you, dear reader, that it is not. It is based on sound scientific principles with which we are all familiar.” Edgar skipped on. The book […]

Updated Forums on 365tomorrows

Many of you browse 365tomorrows via the RSS feed, and may not realize that there’s an active forum community on 365 that you can participate in. We’ve recently overhauled the engine that drives the forums, bolting in state of the art functionality and sharpening the edges of the design. We encourage you to drop by […]

New Podcast up on Voices of Tomorrow

Duncan Shields’ story, Finnegan Sue is up in audio format on the Voices of Tomorrow Podcast, recorded by our own Sam Clough. Give it a listen, and then browse through the back catalogue of recordings on our Podcast site.

The Supaida Snare

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The SS Furai was traveling at warp three through the Supaida Sector on a survey mission to look for planets that were suitable for human colonization. A decade earlier, an unmanned probe had passed through the sector and reported numerous habitable planetary systems around two Type G stars, and […]

Constant Cravings

Author : Catherine Preddle Wheeze. I struggle to snatch a breath, wondering with each one if I’ll get the chance to have another. Life’s never felt so fleeting and basic as I fight with its raw elements, breathing and trying to keep the blood pumping round my withered body. Wheeze. Another tortuous intake of vital […]

Special School

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer When we were both sixteen, we made a pact. We said to each other that we would never race ahead without each other. Now we’re eighteen and I barely see you. I’ve had a whole arsenal installed in my arms and head. You cook the food in the cafeteria. […]

Moving On

Author : Paul Starkey Vivienne awoke after nine, but lazed in bed for another hour before finally getting up and padding to the window. The curtains drawn she had a perfect view of the garden, the tree branches hung with golden leaves, a carpet of leaves coating the ground, seeming to burn in the sunlight. […]

Survivor of Olympus Mons

Author : Neil Griffith Allan sighed and took a deep breath. “I’m from the Olympus Mons colony, I was a kid when it happened.” ‘It’ didn’t require any explanation, all the worlds knew of Olympus Mons. With over 3000 people tragically killed, it was the greatest disaster ever to happen to humanity off of the […]

Domestically Disabled

Author : Steven Saus Inside, she was free. Her consciousness flitted from desktop to watch to media player. Her sight was composited from surveillance videos, streaming webcams, and a million stuttering stills uploaded from cameraphones. She flexed her arms, and cranes swung thousand-pound loads, drawbridges opened, and floodwalls moved on electric motors. With a wriggle […]

Observation

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer “I’m not one of your lab monkeys, I’m your investor, so don’t give me any more of your scientific jargon.” Mr. Bates pointed his cowboy hat at Dr. Copenhagen. “Don’t tell me about electrons, tell me about how your machine will send Leroy running home with his tail between […]

To Whom It May Concern

Author : Jason Frank Dear Fontilibus Corporation rescue crew, space explorers, other would be rescuers, or whom it may concern, How are you? Good, I hope. Whether or not you’ve found my remains,it should be clear to you that I’ve been better. If I were alive, we would be talking right now and you wouldn’t […]

Ansatz

Author : Kathy Kachelries, Staff Writer Most of them come at night. They assume that their objective would be easier to complete while the target was fast asleep, so we increase security at dusk: three guards outside of the bedroom door and two inside, and another dozen on patrol. Sometimes they have bulletproof clothing. Sometimes […]

Adjustment

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Kurtis leaned back in the broad oak chair, his head gently throbbing. He let his gaze wander from the ordered stacks of papers on his desk to the expanse of woodland visible through the loft window. God he loved this place. So many memorable things had started here, filing […]

Second Coming

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I’ve gone over and over that time with the shrinks here on the ground. It was a time-sensitive mission to repair satellite Oricus-11. We were on schedule and nothing was in the red. We were in the pipe, five by five and on target. Jackie and Maria were locked […]

Dinner Date

Author : Steven Saus “Make your own damn dinner.” He coughed, sputtering foam from his after-work beer onto the cluttered endtable. She showed no signs of malfunction. There were no sparks, no telltale wisps of smoke from the delicate wires in her wrists. Her voice utterly failed to stutter; it just had this odd quality […]

The Governor

Author : Chris Peterson I look down at the seat as I climb into the car. “Well, get in honey,” says a lady entering from the other side. An attractive lady. She’s talking to another attractive lady in a familiar pink outfit, and the familiar pink pillbox hat that the whole world and I have […]

Brought to You With Limited Commercial Interruption

Author : Michael Herbaugh a.k.a. “Freeman” Tonight at 8:00 Eastern, 9:00 Central – 11 hour delay on the Lunar Colonies HT-MA Warning – this broadcast contains real battlefield footage, viewer discretion is advised. This program is broadcast in Holographic THX. Tonight on Holographic Battlefront, the Historical Channel presents “Iwo Jima”, a two night presentation. Join […]

Veteran of the [CLASSIFIED] Wars

Author : Joshua Reynolds VETERAN OF THE [CLASSIFIED] WARS I/We are/am the last survivor. Hodge-podge helter-skelter jigsaw man/men/woman/women. I/We am/are not sure there’s anything left of me/us. I/We sit in this red, red room, alone with my/our thoughts. All of them. Swirling, stirring, whirling, whirring hummingbird thoughts of a thousand colors sparking and splashing. I/We […]

Subtle Influences

Author : Aaron Springer “Of course we are not the first!” These words were unspoken, and were in other ways communicated. No human alive would even understand the rough approximation. Sound waves were non-existent, and no mess of soft tissue and bone could begin to detect the subtle fluctuations in the quanta making up the […]

Raindrops Keep Falling On The Dead

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer Peter’s office was on the fifteenth floor of Landfall Tower. He spent a lot of time staring out of the floor-to-ceiling window, at the neat, ordered rows of caskets on the field around the tower. They were still a shocking white, even after a year of rain. His eyes […]

The Oort Cloud Turnaround

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The colonization vessel SS Godspeed was the first super-sleeper ship to leave the solar system. The 1032 human passengers, and 4000 or so assorted farm animals, were destined for the Gagarin settlement on Rigil Kentaurus II. The Godspeed was currently halfway through its 16 year journey when the command […]

Trust Your Doctor

Author : Timothy T. Murphy Hurley sat on the examination table, naked to the waist, and sneezed for the umpteenth time. He reached for yet another tissue, his eyes watering, as he watched Dr. Mills flipping through charts and scribbled notes and rather pointedly ignored him. Shivering in the cold of the exam room, he […]

Employee of the Year

Author : Ryan F. Bracy After a couple of weeks, Alan didn’t even notice the feeding tube. It took him a bit longer to stop trying to control his bladder and his bowels and just let the tubes do their work. He’d used to get stiff, sore from hours of non-stop work, but the new […]

Cupcake and the Sherlock

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer “What this business needs is a Sherlock!” said Cupcake, who would become Rachell’s mother. “A Sherlock could really figure things out around here.” Cupcake rolled down to the local genetic engineering building, with its ionized windows and shiny tables, and signed up to get herself a Sherlock. She didn’t […]

Meta Man Who Wasn’t There

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Thom watched the two men approach him across the alleyway, leaving the crumpled figure they’d been beating to crawl moaning in amongst the piles of garbage. “I told you to get the fuck out of here,” the taller man yelled, waving his hands, “are you deaf or stupid?” “Either […]

Battle Moves

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The housing of my pilot node rang with impact. I snapped out of my reverie and watched the six targets arc away from either side of my display. Missiles away. My helmet was crooked but I didn’t dare let go of the sticks for a second until I was […]

Birthday Present

Author : Ping Sharoda The small man with the strange hands passed thru the smashed opening and moved into the large room. It was dimly lit from the holes in the roof and there was a door at the other end. He retracted his claws and clenched his fists. “Be careful Puppy”, said the large […]

Dance While The Sky Crashes Down

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer They met each other on the high wall that surrounded the empty city. It was truly empty now: even the soldiers had left, abandoning the surface, chasing the population underground, into bunkers or into the big groundstations in the desert. He had a bag of food and drink, scavenged […]

The 10:04

Author : Mishal Benson “This is nuts!” Kitty whispered harshly to her companion, “Why did you bring me here?” He remained silent, framed by the subway’s exit, waiting as she surveyed the scene before her. Am I nuts? She thought. Tall glass buildings rose around her with aluminum sidewalks coiled at their feet beside streets […]

The Yellow Room

Author : Seth Koproski “Mr. Jones, is it?” “Yep.” “Hello. I’m Doctor Jack Worth, head of the research team. Do you have any questions you’d like to ask?” “So how much ‘compensation’ will I receive for this?” “Enough to last you and your village a lifetime, however long that may be.” “Alright. Must be an […]

Laziness

Author : Timothy T. Murphy Lola heard shuffling footsteps behind her and cursed her laziness. Lingering at shops she could no longer afford, dreaming of days long gone. Now she was out after dark in a bad neighborhood. She was only a few minutes from home, but it only took a few moments for something […]

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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."

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