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So, this column is approaching its third birthday in the fall. If this were a TED lecture, we’d be in the third act of my inspirational journey, where I tell you that I found the meaning of life and made myself wealthy in spirit and cash, and then put my hands in prayer and wait […]

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The Thing Inside Pluto was displeased. So was Aimee. Its roiling muscle-goo made her queasy, and she’d dressed for pilates, not for two bland government spooks kidnapping her to negotiate with an alien. She lit a cigarette to block the ozone smell. <YOU ARE NOT CANADA GIRL> The Thing’s voice reverberated inside her skull. Though […]

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She’s four years old, wearing footie pajamas with giraffes on them, and she wants the moon. She’s very specific about when and where. She would like to have the moon on a plate with her breakfast. That way she can look at it while she eats, and when she’s done, she can play with it. […]

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Three and a half hours to interview, 270 miles to LA, 94 mph The mass of writhing tentacles that slithered onto the passenger seat a minute ago probably isn’t a hallucination. Correction: given that I had to blow into a tube to start this rental, it’s not an alcoholic. This is seven miles per hour […]

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To-Do List for July 18, 2039 Kill my duplicate from another dimension. Get rid of all this stupid kale. Top Five Reasons I Hate Kale Kale is like broccoli that wishes it were lettuce, or lettuce that wishes it were broccoli. Get your own identity, kale. It contains too much vitamin A. Just way too […]

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From H.G. Wells’s tripod-controlling Martians to Douglas Adams’s poetry-loving Vogons, from the cosmic horrors of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos to the scholarly Sorns of C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, science fiction writers and readers alike have long been fascinated with the concept of aliens. Who are these beings from worlds beyond ours? Where have they come from? […]

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This month’s issue of Flash Fiction Online features four very talented women and four very stellar fantasy/science fiction stories. Three of the authors have published at least one other story in Flash Fiction Online. You can find their bios with lists of their FFO stories here: Samantha Murray “Duck, Duck, Duck” Rebecca Birch “Eyes of Wood, Heart of […]

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“Are you the Queen of Faerie?” The human child, wearing nothing but his nightshirt, can’t have seen more than six summers. Wide brown eyes beneath a mop of straw-blond hair ignore the wonders of my court, staring only at me. “You’ve found me out.” I slip a nightshade berry between my lips. The sharp poison […]

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“Duck, duck, duck,” says Maddy, touching each head in the circle with a perfunctory authority. “Duck, duck,” she pauses almost imperceptibly at the curly, blonde head in front of her, “alien.” The owner of the curls, Rebecca, scrambles to her feet as Maddy tears off round the circle. “Go, Maddy; go, Maddy; go, Maddy,” the […]

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Spencer Ellsworth is, first and foremost, a fan of FXXK WRITING but is also the author of the Starfire Trilogy from Tor.com, beginning with A Red Peace and Shadow Sun Seven, released in 2017, and concluding on February 27th with Memory’s Blade. You can read up on him and subscribe to his newsletter on his site, […]

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