There is a lesson we are taught in childhood, the lesson of finding our purpose in life—as if purpose was fixed and finite. Unlike the generations who predate us, whose circumstances would dictate their choices and options, the 21st century offers an abundance of choices (for the lucky ones). In my twenties, I defaulted to the […]
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There is a little alleyway that hooks off İstiklal Caddesi known only to the children of Karaköy. On summer nights they spill through the dim doorway at arcade’s end, under the sign that spells “Dr Daidalo and Son”. The little theatre is cramped, its wooden benches bare. They squabble and cuss in their seats, elbowing […]
Somsei RepublicImportant historical or cultural figures, usually male, prefaced with SRS (Somsei Republic Ship). Ships may petition the Central Diet for a name change if they wish, but all names must come from an approved list and the appeal process is long and arduous.* * *KfuulPhilosophical concepts, references to obscure texts, and complex word games […]
CONTENT WARNING: suicidal ideation 1. Haste Ceres Shipyard had enough emergency shuttles for almost everyone. But because of you, none of that mattered. The managers cut every corner they could, but they were wrestling with an AI loyal to the company’s aspirational mission statement. Building the Belt Strong, not the managers’ Making All the Money. […]
i. Ours is a small planet, about the size of our god’s fist. Everything is water and sand. If it weren’t for my lighthouse illuminating the oily sea, the entire world would be a dark, solid mass. If I screamed, my voice would sound like a whisper, and if I whispered, my voice would sound […]
Welcome to Flash Fiction Online’s 105th issue, which is also our REPRINT issue! Is a list always just a list? To quote Madeleine L’Engle, “Nothing happens in isolation…” which includes seemingly uncomplicated words like “list.” My 1930’s Etymological dictionary defined liste as an edge or strip, as well as to tilt or lean. There’s also lysten […]
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2020 was a tumultuous year, but here at FFO, we kept right on working, bringing you twelve more issues of brief, bold, and beautiful flash fiction! Issue #76 – January’s issue is one of New Year’s resolutions, where the characters in the stories make life-altering decisions. John Wiswell and Rebecca Birch both return in this issue, and Cathy Tenzo* […]