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July 1, 2022

Sun Amongst Smoke

Forty seconds from breaking line of sight. That was how long the drones hunted for a minor offense like stealing food. One minute for a violent assault. Two minutes for a murder.


Sun Amongst Smoke

Forty seconds from breaking line of sight. That was how long the drones hunted for a minor offense like stealing food. One minute for a violent assault. Two minutes for a murder.


June 3, 2022

Right Person, Wrong Time

“Tired of the right person at the wrong time? Download Timeless!”


Right Person, Wrong Time

“Tired of the right person at the wrong time? Download Timeless!”


May 6, 2022

We’ll Keep It on File

“This gap here, when you stopped going to the Moon—care to explain what you were doing in that time?”


We’ll Keep It on File

“This gap here, when you stopped going to the Moon—care to explain what you were doing in that time?”


March 25, 2022

Mixed Signals

“Maybe the doll’s a warning?” Sam offered, then reached down and pulled his Glock from its holster. He was making a case not to do something risky, as always, then getting ready to do it anyway. 


Mixed Signals

“Maybe the doll’s a warning?” Sam offered, then reached down and pulled his Glock from its holster. He was making a case not to do something risky, as always, then getting ready to do it anyway. 


February 25, 2022

Time Accounted For

My brother should be here any minute now. I’m scheduled for fifteen minutes. At 11:47, I’ll be sent back without warning.


Time Accounted For

My brother should be here any minute now. I’m scheduled for fifteen minutes. At 11:47, I’ll be sent back without warning.


January 14, 2022

One More Sunrise

Sunrises here are different. Some days I still expect a big watery ball of light creeping over the horizon, washing the hills in orange and red, turning the sky into a palette a messy painter forgot to clean. Instead, I watch a small white spot climb through an abyss devoid of any color, tinting the […]


One More Sunrise

Sunrises here are different. Some days I still expect a big watery ball of light creeping over the horizon, washing the hills in orange and red, turning the sky into a palette a messy painter forgot to clean. Instead, I watch a small white spot climb through an abyss devoid of any color, tinting the […]


December 31, 2021

Spring or Winter’s Respite

The stork looked convincing, even in detail. It needed to because the parents came within a few feet of it. It had ruffled, synthetic feathers and a large beak made of hard rubber.


Spring or Winter’s Respite

The stork looked convincing, even in detail. It needed to because the parents came within a few feet of it. It had ruffled, synthetic feathers and a large beak made of hard rubber.


December 17, 2021

A Little Good Magic

Dear Santa, I wanted to say thank you for the mountain bike. It’s been very useful, even if it wasn’t what I asked for.


A Little Good Magic

Dear Santa, I wanted to say thank you for the mountain bike. It’s been very useful, even if it wasn’t what I asked for.


December 3, 2021

You Are Not a Player Character

The pattern of your days is unbreakable, though you don’t think about breaking it. You are content leaving your thatched cottage at exactly midday, traveling around your village to the same places.


You Are Not a Player Character

The pattern of your days is unbreakable, though you don’t think about breaking it. You are content leaving your thatched cottage at exactly midday, traveling around your village to the same places.


October 22, 2021

I Don’t Burn Like You

Then they sentenced me to burn. Bad idea. I tried to tell them, to warn them. I don’t burn like you, I said.


I Don’t Burn Like You

Then they sentenced me to burn. Bad idea. I tried to tell them, to warn them. I don’t burn like you, I said.