Flash Friday – The Singularity

Finishing up our week of Kurzweil coverage we have a second Flash Friday piece for you. This was written by Terry Bisson and asks the question, “Has the Singularity already happened?”.

You can read the story in its entirety here.

What did you think of our Kurzweil week? Should we focus on specific topics more often? As always, tell us in the comments.

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Flash Friday – In Style

With their deep, deep archives and their team of ever-inventive authors there is always something new to be found on 365Tomorrows. I started reading their daily stories back when the site was first established but with such a great number of tales posted since then I have reached the point where I can re-read pieces now as if I were reading them for the first time.

That’s exactly how it felt when I re-read “In Style” by J. Loseth.

What’s your favourite 365tomorrows story? Answers in the comments section, please.

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The Things – Flash Friday

In a very different direction from The Hobbit is today’s Flash Friday piece, “The Things” by Peter Watts. Published in 2010, it tells the other side of the story to “Who Goes There” (More commonly known for its movie adaptations as The Thing).

In “The Things” we see humanity through the eyes of the other, a being at once singular and multiple, and we are as alien to it as it is to us.

“The Things” was nominated for the Hugo award, and won the 2010 Shirley Jackson award – you can read it for free at the Clarkesworld Magazine website.

Do you have a suggestion for a future Flash Friday piece? Want to submit your own work to be featured? Leave us a comment!

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Flash Friday – Mars by A. Werner

This week’s Flash Friday piece is from Nanofiction.org and was featured in issue 6.1 of their magazine.

One day you will go to Mars, and I will not. I do not mean to sound bitter, because I am not bitter. I am just a little sad about it. What I mean is that I will be too afraid. I will be afraid of the close, sloped walls of the shuttle. I will be afraid of the void on the other side. I will be afraid of dying slowly, of radiation poisoning, of suffocation, of thirst. I will stay here, where I will also die, but in more familiar ways. I think you will do well on Mars. I can see you inhabiting its landscapes. Your face will be framed by the round O of your helmet as you cross the red rocks. You will take long walks in the dust every afternoon, stepping lightly in the low gravity, before returning to your geodesic dome. You will care for many plants. I can see you handling seedlings tenderly, your long fingers threaded through their roots. In one of the dreams I had about you, you sent me a postcard from very far away. It fell from the sky. I tracked the postcard to the mountains by triangulating its radio signals. The message said, “How are you? I am fine. Wish you were here.” That is how I knew it was a dream, because of the part where you wished I was there.

We chose this piece because it evoked the loneliness of losing friends and contrasted that well against discovering the future. The author, A. Werner, has a website where you can find other examples of her work.

Do you have a piece of flash fiction that you would like us to feature? Get in touch!

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Flash Friday – Zombie March

Today’s Flash Friday comes from Flashfictiononline.com. I stumbled across it quite by accident but liked it and so here it is. It’s another zombie themed post (I’ll make an effort to post less zombie things for a while, honest) but I think you’ll enjoy the subversion.

You can read the story here.

We’re always looking for new flash fiction pieces. Get in touch if you’ve written something. If we like it, we might feature it in a Flash Friday post

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Flash Friday – Father of His Country

This weeks’s Flash Friday comes from 365 Tomorrows, a repository of over two and a half thousand pieces of flash fiction. The site started as an experiment, the challenge between five people to collectively write a different story every day for a year. That was in 2005. Seven years on the process has continued and their team of writers is still producing a short story every day.

Father of His Country was written by N. Thomas Parshall and posted November 10th 2010, and was chosen because it reminded me of Dark Eden, a book I finished a few weeks ago.

What should next week’s Flash Friday story be? Tell us in the comments.

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Flash Friday – Meat

In what we hope will become a tradition, this is our first Flash Friday post; a link to a short story that we’ve read and enjoyed.

Today, that story is “Meat” by Terry Bisson. We have all wondered if there is life beyond our little blue dot – and if there is, what would it be like? How will they react to us? Bisson’s story lets us know.

When you’ve read it, leave a message in the comments with your thoughts.

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