Under The Comet by Prakhar Gahlot

Prompt: A Celebration | Word Count: 2500 Words Exactly | Genre: Drama / Sci-Fi

“Can you believe them?” Shahid muttered as he glanced at the silent TV set. Teenagers singing, celebrating, and being happy in all ways flitted across the screen on news specials. “Celebrating murder!” Continue reading

The Victory by B. McCully

Prompt: A Celebration | Word count: 2503 words | Genre: Science Fiction

Warning: Violence, sexual assault

O’Brien and her translator drove out of Kennedy-Veyatavini at sunrise.  The breeze was cool, pregnant with moisture. The early light had a fluid, filtered quality.  O’Brien imagined herself as a brook trout, flicking her tail against the current and watching sunshafts dance on tumbled river stone.  She allowed herself this fantasy while she wove around weed-choked craters. Buildings slumped and shapeless. Walls ragged with holes that might have been windows or doors.  Refugee tents like a sea of filthy mushrooms. Slim grey corpses heaped beside the road in tidy windrows. Continue reading

Battle Over Autism by Kate Lashley

Prompt: A Celebration | Word Count: 2500 | Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy

I’m going to be a hundred years old this year in 2043. Officially. I’ve been around for thousands of years. Millennia. From almost since time began. But it’s only official this year.

An alien walks by and I ask, “Do you know how old I’ll be? What’s my age?”

“You don’t look a day over 99.”

“I’m a hundred! Can you believe it? I’m a hundred years old. Officially.” Continue reading

Sleep to Dream by J.Bishop

Prompt: A Celebration | Word Count: 2500 words | Genre: Sci-Fi / Dystopian

On the last night I ever fell asleep, I did not dream. For months, the news and media had been abuzz with the mysterious Fast Radio Burst phenomenon. These brief yet exponentially powerful light Bursts were now dominating the night skies. I did not want to hear about it anymore. I had heard enough about how one Burst equaled all the energy our sun would emit in a day. I did not care any longer that each Burst was alikened to the amount of direct radiation one receives in that moment when you open the microwave door mid-use, just to avoid hearing that annoying triple-beep at the end of the cycle. Continue reading

The Giving Day by Christa L

Prompt: Desperate Times | Word count: 1000 exactly | Genre: Sci-Fi 


Today is Giving Day.

I still have not decided on what to give yet. I do not fully understand the rationale of it, but it is a tradition. Nobody has ever questioned it.

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The View from Above by Adam Himmer

Prompt: Desperate Times | Word Count: 1000 words | Genre: Science Fiction

“Now that I’ve got you….immobilized, maybe we can finally have a chat.”  The lights dimmed, and a hologram of a three foot floating head appeared on the opposite side of the room.  The face, that of a young man with glasses and a grizzled beard, bobbed gently as it slowly approached the metallic figure sprawled out on the floor.  “Oh, don’t bother trying to get up.  I’ve repurposed some of the satellite’s microrobots, and it looks like they’re hard at work in your motor control circuits by now.  But just as a sign of good faith, you can have control of your head back.”

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Desperate Times by Chris Martin

Prompt: Desperate Times | Word count: 1000 | Genre: 

As she rode down into the city, the sky above her was flat, white, without texture. Some buildings still smouldered. The black plumes flew up into the sky like neverending flocks of sparrows, caught the faint breeze, and disappeared into the staring firmament. The sky ate them.

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The Loaves and the Fishes by B. McCully

Prompt: Desperate Times | Word Count: 1000 | Genre: Science Fiction

Warning: Profanity

The Stingray wasn’t worth shit without gas, but it made a decent windbreak when the frigid breeze was strong and the stench of wet char and rot wafted over from downtown Miami.  On days like that you couldn’t do nothing but slump beneath the brittle pines and wait for the death-stink to drift out to sea.

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Retaking the Bridge by Daniel Casey

Prompt: The Bridge | Word count: 1200 | Genre: Science Fiction

WARNING: This is a space battle, dead people, with passing violence in context of the scene, nothign graphic or gory but it’s there.


Hearing a whimper, Grace looked past the sparking shattered console to where Astro-tech James lay prone. She took his hand in hers and looked to see where his injuries were. The sight that met her eyes caused a painful flashback to her childhood. Blood everywhere, rent gashes in his side, and an open head wound. As she held his hand she felt his hand go limp and is eyes stopped, his last breath whispering out as she sat there in shock. All she could think of was her sister’s last breath sounding exactly the same.

“Ship. Status?” She queried the computer.

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