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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 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.


October 8, 2021

The Unchecked Box

Gorgalax strode into the Palace of Oppression’s break room. There, taped to the refrigerator, was the document which had guided his every action over decades of conquest: his to-do list


The Unchecked Box

Gorgalax strode into the Palace of Oppression’s break room. There, taped to the refrigerator, was the document which had guided his every action over decades of conquest: his to-do list


September 10, 2021

Ward F

The paper chart hanging in the frame outside the room simply listed “particle beam injury.” This was one of the only hospitals in the country where they still used paper charts. Less data leaks that way.


Ward F

The paper chart hanging in the frame outside the room simply listed “particle beam injury.” This was one of the only hospitals in the country where they still used paper charts. Less data leaks that way.


August 27, 2021

One Last Trip

First, I tested the contraption on objects: a heavy skeleton key, a glass of tap water, the watch I wore on my left wrist. I sent these things into the near future and as planned, they appeared in my home a week later without fanfare or fuss.


One Last Trip

First, I tested the contraption on objects: a heavy skeleton key, a glass of tap water, the watch I wore on my left wrist. I sent these things into the near future and as planned, they appeared in my home a week later without fanfare or fuss.


July 30, 2021

The Set-Up

The Ghost Lotus Society stacked up bodies in five countries with an enthusiastic disregard for life. In my four years tracking them, I picked up a shrapnel wound from a grenade and lost my left hand…


The Set-Up

The Ghost Lotus Society stacked up bodies in five countries with an enthusiastic disregard for life. In my four years tracking them, I picked up a shrapnel wound from a grenade and lost my left hand…


June 26, 2021

Giving Up the Ghost

I open my eyes. I am seventeen again. I’m sitting on my bed in my old room at my parents’ house. Eddie Vedder is crooning “Even Flow” over the boombox on my dresser.


Giving Up the Ghost

I open my eyes. I am seventeen again. I’m sitting on my bed in my old room at my parents’ house. Eddie Vedder is crooning “Even Flow” over the boombox on my dresser.


June 18, 2021

Never-ending Dawn

Roy pulled the covers up to his chin and huffed. “I’m not sleepy. Tell me more about the Mad Scientist of Station Seventeen, Grandma.”


Never-ending Dawn

Roy pulled the covers up to his chin and huffed. “I’m not sleepy. Tell me more about the Mad Scientist of Station Seventeen, Grandma.”