Category Archives: Short Fiction

The First Court Martial

The planetary colony of Franca was small. The population of 600 split perfectly between men and women. Due to the complexities of human sexuality this produced less than 300 couples. Colonel Baird and his Marines counted themselves among the population. … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Problem

Harlen knew Lester had a heart condition. That’s why he worried. As he pulled up to the farmhouse he breathed a sigh of relief. Lester stood there, waving. “Damn, son!” said Harlen, joining Lester on the porch. “You had me … Continue reading

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Missing Something

Stephen fell asleep while waiting to board the ferry. He awoke, still waiting to enter , but the ferry looked strange. He turned. His middle-aged wife Leslie looked twenty years younger. “Okay, Dad?” Stephen turned to Tabatha, their sixteen year … Continue reading

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Practical Considerations

Dr. Thorogood looked up into the sky with pride. As the sun slipped low in the sky, the pattern of clouds contrasted beautifully. “Isn’t it fantastic?” he said. “I suppose so,” said Paul Lords, tech reporter at large. “How does … Continue reading

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Too Heavy

Vincenzo was proud of the metal eagle he’d bought. He couldn’t believe the low price he got for it at the market. Giaco had concerns. “Why would such a beautiful sculpture be so cheap?” A powerful man, he tried to … Continue reading

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You Can’t Go Home

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai was once the tallest building in the world. Decades later its glory faded. When Priyansh grew up there, the apartments were slums. Priyansh was smart and ambitious, though. He became the only Rhodes Scholar the … Continue reading

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Oops Over Miami

The lights of a kilometer-long starship pierced the clouds. Some people stared in awe, many screamed and ran for cover, one held up sign reading, “Take me away, please!” Chaos reigned. *** Aboard the ship, on Earth Overwatch, Captain Smyiirt … Continue reading

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