Grishna

Author : Kathy Kachelries, Staff Writer They’d followed the grishna since the beginning of time. Their elders described uncountable days and night, each lasting several lifetimes, since the first keeper had been formed from hard-packed snow and melted by the grishna’s breath. They had never neglected their duty. They hibernated with the large creature, curled […]

Nepenthe

Author : Brian Armitage “He’s up. Turn it on,” someone says. The doctor. As I open my eyes, the whiteness hits. It’s like I’m having an idea, but it’s too much for my brain to hold. I squeeze my eyes shut and gasp, trying to… …where am I? The doctor is looking at me, smiling. […]

The Virgin Nature

Author : Tim Hatton The hull was a likely prospect. Nothing much else caught his eye. The inside seemed neglected – full of potential indeed, but sorely neglected. There were also certain crucial updates missing from the internal computer system. The map array was as recent as his salesman’s overcoat. Jack noted with slight surprise […]

Heavens

Author : Amy Monroe By way of introduction: Sweit was the one who kissed like a file cabinet and she was the one who kissed like a plate of raw liver. Rays of light came through the subway ruins, skating through the upper Bronx and into Westchester, and they caught Mardi blinking, stretching, falling asleep. […]

Temp Guard

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Being a temporal border guard is an okay job. It pays the bills. It seemed like a cool perk when the position was first created after the The Great Restart of 205?. You’d get to work, do your eight hours, and then get put back into the time stream […]

Circumstances Beyond Our Control

Author : Patrica Stewart, Staff Writer “It’s not a great analogy, Professor, but think of it this way,” explained the chronotechnician, “time flows like a river. Something we call a ‘world line,’ which is the sequential path of an object through space-time. I can select any object, say you, and follow your ‘world line’ back […]

Vertiginous Origin

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer “What is it that’s troubling you?” The doctor could clearly see the discomfort in the young mans face as he wrote ‘Anxiety’ on his steno pad. “It’s getting harder and harder to go outside. It’s wide open spaces, they terrify me.” He clutched at the seat cushion beneath him, […]

Fallout

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer She fought me again yesterday. It made me feel like a monster. I tried the gentle approach but she refused, so I had to take her by force. It was, as usual, satisfying and depressing. Afterwards, I hid in the forest and slept. I’m afraid she’ll try to kill […]

What Is Flash Fiction?

It was recently asked of me to describe to an audience of writers what flash fiction was. When I read my first piece of flash, I couldn’t begin to answer that question, and now after writing almost nothing but flash for the past two years it’s still hard for me to define. I find that […]

Kate

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer Kate was lucky. Or so she kept telling herself. Out of the whole world, she was the only one who had both the right kind of sight and the right kind of mind. It was a self-made mantra, one that rolled across her thoughts, looped back on itself and […]

Take Me To Your Leader

Author : Randall Bennett “Take me to your leader,” said the squat, green, bug-eyed creature, in an oddly modulated voice. Carl leaned down, and looked down at it, and his eyes opened wide. He had never seen anything like it before. “Um. You’re talking to him,” Carl said. “You are the leader of this planet?” […]

Birthday Boy

Author : Ian Rennie I sit alone in the dark, the birthday boy. I could have left the lights on, but with only a couple of minutes to go it hadn’t seemed worth it. Typical, really. Well, this is it. Or this was it, at least. They had taken the neural snapshot four minutes ago, […]

Sleepwalker

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer Marie-Christine looked into her mirror at her naked adolescent body, flat and slender. There were parts she was disappointed in and parts that pleased her. She was careful not to stare too long, her parents were sure to be watching her visual feed for abnormal behavior. She was happy […]

Train City

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer We’re both standing on the rooftops of the train city. Two hundred and twenty-three tracks wide, slowly migrating polewards to more oil and frozen fresh water. Metal groans as the temperature drops. Tenpenny nails shrink and loosen in the planks holding shacks together. Coal stoves are fueled and ready […]

15 Eunomia

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer David Erwin, the lone human inhabitant at the Eunomia mining station in the asteroid belt, was just suiting up to make his rounds when his door chime sounded. Erwin shook his head in mild frustration. Robots never seem to get it. He had instructed them hundreds of times to […]

Catlike Tread

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer “Where am I?” “A sub. We’re in the middle of the Deneb main belt.” “Name and designation?” “This is the Catlike Tread. Ess-ess-you-nine-seven-four.” Orig got to his feet. The inside of the sub was cramped: the design didn’t allow for more open space than was absolutely necessary for the […]

City Of Light

Author : M.S. Smith The sun sinks in the west like a heart as I row towards the city of lights. I do not know what the city is called. I have been rowing for so long that names have become vulgar sounds, meaningless and wild; not just the names of places, but also my […]

A Mother’s Love

Author : wordworks Sally Baker considered herself a good mother. She grew her own baby and gave birth to a daughter, Jane, by natural means, barring the odd shot of hormones to hold off genetic defects. She refused sensory enhancements despite the doctor’s advice. Sally produced one of the last NL (Non-Lab) babies in the […]

Turing Test

Author : ifrozenspiriti “Where will you be when the world ends?” she asked. “Right here,” he said. “Will you be conscious?” she asked. “I expect so,” he said, “though consciousness is hardly the privilege you make it out to be.” “I still don’t believe you,” she said. She was smiling, though. “Don’t believe what? That […]

The White Goddess

Author : Lane Powell Leah was born in April 2310; her grandmother gave her the nickname “Spring Dragon Lily.” Her skin was white and thin as paper, and her eyes, red. She slipped painlessly from her mother’s womb, like a bar of soap. The family gaped as she emerged, though they had known for months […]

Down the Tubes

Author : Todd Keisling Mrs. Taggart sat down at her desk and sipped her coffee while going over the day’s lesson plan. When the clock struck eight, she set down her coffee, reached behind her ear and synced herself to the network. White, snowy static filled her eyes, and when she blinked, she found the […]

Perchance to Dream

Author : ifrozenspiriti.deviantart.com The folds of her flesh draped like curtains over the sides of the hover-chair—rich and smooth, like brocade, and his eyes traced their undulating curves and rolls like sand-dunes in a desert. Eyes and lips formed an oasis: clear, moist, beckoning. And he was so thirsty. . . . The lips parted […]

All Gentleness And Its Enduring

Author : Salli Shepherd People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. ~Iris Murdoch Pothilas set his briefcase down on the hallstand and paused to appreciate the afternoon light that lent his white-on-white decor an almost sanctified air. The apartment […]

deviantART Writing Contest Winners

Over the years we’ve had a number of members of the popular art site deviantART who have had their stories published here. For fun, over the past month we’ve been running a contest on deviantART looking for 7 top notch Flash Fiction pieces to feature here on 365tomorrows, a kind of ‘week of deviantART’. We […]

Outback

Author : Phillip English Dust swirls past a naked lightbulb and out amongst the wire-brush scrub. There is an old man, mid sixties, seated on the verandah. In his lap lies a twelve gauge shotgun; it is broken open, showing two empty barrels. A cache of shells nestles in the flannelette next to the gun, […]

Sick Leave

Author : V.L.Ilian “Linda Kroen! 155013! Report for duty” Linda didn’t exactly know why the crystalline voice of the ship AI was blaring her name but she wasn’t going to answer. It’s her day off. “Linda Kroen! It is estimated you only have 135 minutes until you expire. Report for duty!” The impulses signaling the […]

Arwik Razy

Author : Kathy Kachelries, Staff Writer He’d always known about them. When it snowed, Arwik lived in abandoned buildings. He slept in the rusted creases of abandoned subway tunnels to escape their satellites, and he ate whatever he could forage. He found a lot in disposal bins, but he’d never tried to eat it. People […]

Siliquestioning

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer With those sleek shoulders and sculpted faceplate features, I would have guessed her be a Russian model. Hard to tell with the standard techniques. The criminals always had their own serial numbers sanded off and I2P addys scrambled. I don’t know how it’s possible to live like that. I’d […]

Angel of Time

Author : Jacinta A. Meyers A man lay limp in my arms. The body of a little boy was sprawled a few feet away from us, his young face motionless against the blood-stained earth. “I will stay with you through this.” I said, stroking the man’s face very gently. “I won’t leave you.” He coughed […]

Smoke

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer Below level one-one, there have been several issues with the life support mechanisms. High temperatures, pressures, and an abundance of certain harmful chemical compounds have rendered these levels uninhabitable. You will require a blue keycard to pass the environmental filters, and even so, such an action is not recommended. […]

Dark Water

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer “When the Surface became too crowded, Man had already hollowed out great caves in the crust of the Earth, mined for metals with which to build his towers. It was simple for those who desired space to move downwards, found the first cities of the UnderEarth.” -Excerpt from 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