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Editorial: Escape! Wendy Nikel

Last month, my family went on our first real vacation since COVID, and from the record-breaking number of visitors pouring into the U.S. National Parks, we obviously weren’t the only ones ready for some sort of escape from the stresses and struggles of modern life. And what a relief it was to stand upon the cool, green forest floor and stare in awe at redwoods for whom the past year is only one thin growth ring among thousands! (If you have a chance to make it out west to Redwood National Park, I’d highly recommend it!)

This month’s flash stories feature much more dire struggles for escape, where the stakes are higher, the danger more immediate, and the yearning for that sense of relief even more acute.

Escape with us into a magical world in Anjali Patel’s “Ember” (Jul 2), where what you find at your journey’s end may be just as dangerous as that which you’re running from. Cheer on a clever and mischievous pet as she seeks her freedom in Jennifer Hudak’s latest FFO story, “The Wizard’s Book Tastes of Flight” (Jul 9). Take a one-way trip out to the Deep Black in Adam Fout’s “Breathe” (Jul 16). And face down the inescapable in Marissa Lingen’s “This Will Not Happen to You” (Jul 23). With five Fridays in July, we’re also sharing with you a dive into our archives and an exclusive interview in another Flash Fiction Flashback on the theme of escape, featuring “Listen and You’ll Hear Us Speak” by A.T. Greenblatt (Jul 30).

At fewer than 1000 words each, it won’t take you long to immerse yourself in these brief, but awe-inspiring escapes!


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© Wendy Nikel

Meet the Author

Wendy Nikel

Wendy Nikel

Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she’s left her cup of tea. She’s had many of her own stories published in places such as LAnalog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Cricket, and Nature. Her time travel novella series, beginning with The Continuum, is available from World Weaver Press.

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