Tag Archives: Speculative Fiction

Battle of the Bands

Inside an invisible alien ship, General Fan’Alba looked down on the human music festival. He turned to his primary commander, Rab’Kalla. “Stop worrying. We’ve defeated one-hundred alien worlds. Music is critical to us and the center of our strength. In … Continue reading

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Know Thy God

An enormous sea monster emerged from the waters of a Pacific island. Tourists fell over each other, running everywhere, screaming. Chaos ensued. Locals just calmly stepped out of the way. The forty-foot beast shambled through the market. It reached out … Continue reading

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The Unhelpful Help

Brent glared at the metal box in the weeds. “I don’t understand. The DNA sniffer is reporting aliens nearby, but there’s only us.” Beside him, his lab help, Devin, shook his head. “So many failures. Time for the Mark XXXIX?” … Continue reading

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That First Step

Herbert and Gil stood before the black & white photo of Paris. “It’s magical,” said Herbert. “You step into it, and you’re in Paris.” “That’s incredible,” said Gil. “It must have been wonderful. I can’t wait to go!” “Yeah, I … Continue reading

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The Truth About Unicorns

When magic returned to the world in 2042, many things took getting used to. For instance, Hannah rode upon a winged unicorn as she approached the boat dock. Even more, the unicorn talked. “It’s true,” said Rainfly, her unicorn. “No … Continue reading

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Sheltering In Place

A young office worker, following the shelter-in-place order, chatted with remote friends. OW: I’ve binge-watched the entire Cheers and Friends series. What next? FRIEND1: Don’t know. Boredom is killing me! FRIEND2: Practicing my drums. Neighbor threatened to shoot me. OW: … Continue reading

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A Painful, Safe Place

Sheriff Moulson knew Franklin was an alien. But as folks went, he was a ray of light. What Moulson absolutely hated was when Franklin constantly played Madonna songs in the diner. Still, when floodwaters threatened the whole town, Franklin was … Continue reading

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