Category Archives: Short Fiction

Fat and Juicy

In an old Chinatown lab, Arleigh said, “This Universal Translator is incredible.” A turkey wandering the lab said, “Gobble-gobble.” The translator beeped and intoned, “More food!” Preston held up a device. “That’s nothing. This Genifier will switch on the ancient … Continue reading

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The Battle Plan

General Hawkins spoke on the phone as he walked through the creche of Earth’s last-living humans. “We’re out of time. We’ll never survive the alien assault.” Just then, a little girl pulled his sleeve and pointed to toys she’d arranged … Continue reading

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An Overabundance Of Courage

Unmanned probes “maybe” found life in Jupiter. Nothing was certain, and this brought fearless entrepreneur and adventurer, Jeb Newcastle into the orbit of Jupiter. The press took pictures as Newcastle stood before his probe. “The first mission should be unmanned,” … Continue reading

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Culture Shock

Evan had come a long way from his remote Appalachian home. Heck, as early as 2137, he was first in town to own a cell phone. And now he visited the big city of Harper’s Ferry to board a starship … Continue reading

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The Bane Of Communication

I haven’t been posting much lately. Sorry about that. I had been writing so intensely for so long, I guess I suffered from a certain amount of burnout. I needed a change for a little while. I didn’t have writer’s … Continue reading

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The Welcoming Present

Aliens Ixtlan and Yltec stood beneath the micro-brewery’s broken pipe, fish-like mouths agape to catch the torrent of fluid. Up until now, the highly touted human beer hadn’t impressed, but this was different. “Amazing!” said Ixtlan. “I’ve never tasted anything … Continue reading

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What Really Happened

Huntsman Jurgen found the missing children in the witch’s gingerbread house. Safe and comfortable, Hansel and Gretel were cutting vegetables at the table. “She wanted to fatten us up on candy, then eat us,” said Hansel. “Not for us,” said … Continue reading

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The Strongest Defense

Brzilit’Ang walked with his bags up the stairs to his apartment. He stripped out of his human shell and unfurled ten tentacles. At the hyperspace signalling computer, he sent a message to the invasion fleet: Earth defenses still too powerful. … Continue reading

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The Weak Spot

The armies of sixteen nations struck at the rampaging alien machine. They tried bombs, lasers, microwave weapons, achieving nothing. Finally, they dispatched Colonel Connelly Ekstrum. Known for being cool under fire, he stood still as the ten-story tall machine stepped … Continue reading

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Fishing Claus

The elf, Leafway, sighed. At Santa’s traditional summer home, his “Gone Fishin’” sign ominously read just, “Gone.” The hunt for Santa Claus was on. After weeks of searching, the elf Hollybranch reported in. Leafway answered his FTL vidphone. “What’s up?” … Continue reading

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