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The Future Is Short: Science Fiction in a Flash Here is flash science fiction at its finest—swift to read but long remembered. 57 amazing speculative fiction capsules that transport you into thrilling worlds of imagination and ideas, suggesting that everything is possible—aliens, time travel, other worlds, and the mysteries of Earth—in breathtakingly fresh combinations. T The Future Is Short: Science Fiction in a Flash Here is flash science fiction at its finest—swift to read but long remembered. 57 amazing speculative fiction capsules that transport you into thrilling worlds of imagination and ideas, suggesting that everything is possible—aliens, time travel, other worlds, and the mysteries of Earth—in breathtakingly fresh combinations. This is the perfect book companion for a quick break or a relaxing afternoon. The Future Is Short: Science Fiction in a Flash presents 57 micro stories by talented authors. Relish each story in tiny bites of speculative fiction entertainment and adventure, catching glimpses of miniature worlds of the future in breathtakingly fresh flights of science fiction imaginings. As you step across the border of reality and escape into this fascinating collection of 725-word stories, you are instantly immersed in the dazzling visions of 31 talented science fiction authors—ranging from writers with published books and many publication credits, to others new to the writing world. In this sparkling collection, you will wander into realms where imagination rules and time is conquered. Discover tales of alien love and hate, inspiration, and revenge. Visit time’s ghosts on Mars and wonder, with aliens, at human lifestyles, reproduction, and actions. Explore a universe of heaven and hell redefined—where the wonders and horrors of science thrill and amuse. Paula Friedman, Jot Russell, and Carrol Fix bring together stories by an international group of authors who share their stories in the LinkedIn group, “Science Fiction readers, writers, collectors, and artists.” Jot Russell, creator/director of the Science Fiction Microstories Contest and executive director of this contest’s anthology, says, “From themes of green or blue, future or past, animal or mineral or alien, a catalyst is formed that sets creativity in motion. By the random nature of synapse, a story forms from thin air, like magic. Bounds that Einstein placed upon light itself cannot hold back a thought. For, imagination is beyond the bars of time and space. Within the mind, and with fewer words than those needed to paint a picture, a full science fiction work is derived in micro-scale.” New members are always welcome to join the monthly contest. Submissions must follow the monthly theme and are limited to a single LinkedIn post, roughly 650 words. The Future Is Short Anthology Authors: J.J. Alleson, Sam Bellotto Jr., Mike Boggia, Richard Bunning, Lars Carlson, Kalifer Deil, Carrol Fix, W.A. Fix, Paula Friedman, Andrew Gurcak, Ami L. Hart, Gene Hilgreen, Thaddeus Howze, S.M. Kraftchak, Helmuth Kump, Andy Lake, Joanna Lamprey, Jeremy Lichtman, Andy McKell, D C Mills, JD Mitchell, Karl J. Morgan, J.R. O’Neill, Amos Parker, Marianne G. Petrino, Jon Ricson, Jot Russell, Tom Tinney, Nōnen Títi, Allen Quintana, J.F. Williams.


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The Future Is Short: Science Fiction in a Flash Here is flash science fiction at its finest—swift to read but long remembered. 57 amazing speculative fiction capsules that transport you into thrilling worlds of imagination and ideas, suggesting that everything is possible—aliens, time travel, other worlds, and the mysteries of Earth—in breathtakingly fresh combinations. T The Future Is Short: Science Fiction in a Flash Here is flash science fiction at its finest—swift to read but long remembered. 57 amazing speculative fiction capsules that transport you into thrilling worlds of imagination and ideas, suggesting that everything is possible—aliens, time travel, other worlds, and the mysteries of Earth—in breathtakingly fresh combinations. This is the perfect book companion for a quick break or a relaxing afternoon. The Future Is Short: Science Fiction in a Flash presents 57 micro stories by talented authors. Relish each story in tiny bites of speculative fiction entertainment and adventure, catching glimpses of miniature worlds of the future in breathtakingly fresh flights of science fiction imaginings. As you step across the border of reality and escape into this fascinating collection of 725-word stories, you are instantly immersed in the dazzling visions of 31 talented science fiction authors—ranging from writers with published books and many publication credits, to others new to the writing world. In this sparkling collection, you will wander into realms where imagination rules and time is conquered. Discover tales of alien love and hate, inspiration, and revenge. Visit time’s ghosts on Mars and wonder, with aliens, at human lifestyles, reproduction, and actions. Explore a universe of heaven and hell redefined—where the wonders and horrors of science thrill and amuse. Paula Friedman, Jot Russell, and Carrol Fix bring together stories by an international group of authors who share their stories in the LinkedIn group, “Science Fiction readers, writers, collectors, and artists.” Jot Russell, creator/director of the Science Fiction Microstories Contest and executive director of this contest’s anthology, says, “From themes of green or blue, future or past, animal or mineral or alien, a catalyst is formed that sets creativity in motion. By the random nature of synapse, a story forms from thin air, like magic. Bounds that Einstein placed upon light itself cannot hold back a thought. For, imagination is beyond the bars of time and space. Within the mind, and with fewer words than those needed to paint a picture, a full science fiction work is derived in micro-scale.” New members are always welcome to join the monthly contest. Submissions must follow the monthly theme and are limited to a single LinkedIn post, roughly 650 words. The Future Is Short Anthology Authors: J.J. Alleson, Sam Bellotto Jr., Mike Boggia, Richard Bunning, Lars Carlson, Kalifer Deil, Carrol Fix, W.A. Fix, Paula Friedman, Andrew Gurcak, Ami L. Hart, Gene Hilgreen, Thaddeus Howze, S.M. Kraftchak, Helmuth Kump, Andy Lake, Joanna Lamprey, Jeremy Lichtman, Andy McKell, D C Mills, JD Mitchell, Karl J. Morgan, J.R. O’Neill, Amos Parker, Marianne G. Petrino, Jon Ricson, Jot Russell, Tom Tinney, Nōnen Títi, Allen Quintana, J.F. Williams.

36 review for The Future Is Short: Science Fiction in a Flash

  1. 4 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    A feast of lively SF, fantasy and speculative fiction is bundled tightly in this package. Flash fiction - very short stories - explains how 57 stories occupy only 86 pages. This means that we can dip in and out of the brilliant ideas, skipping from time travel to space travel and back to travel on our roads, in the blink of an eye. I find it tough to pick favourites although I must mention the stories by the editors; 'Town Line Road' by Jot Russell introduces an engineer who, while a child, had A feast of lively SF, fantasy and speculative fiction is bundled tightly in this package. Flash fiction - very short stories - explains how 57 stories occupy only 86 pages. This means that we can dip in and out of the brilliant ideas, skipping from time travel to space travel and back to travel on our roads, in the blink of an eye. I find it tough to pick favourites although I must mention the stories by the editors; 'Town Line Road' by Jot Russell introduces an engineer who, while a child, had his life saved from a traffic accident by a passer-by. But who died in his place? 'Rebirth' by Carrol Fix focuses on a spacefarer in peril after a shuttle accident... if we find a next life, maybe it's not one we expect. 'There is a Silent Secret in the Woods of Ar-Cortiex' says Paula Friedman, casting a different slant on the importance of trees. Other than those I enjoyed several stories as particularly well written or original with some authors, such as Andy Lake, contributing more than one tale. We get to meet undersea beings, space travellers and brilliant medical scientists; new species and biorobots; old themes such as changelings or invading aliens with new twists. As all the tales are short, we absorb the pared-down idea and turn the page to the next. Dip in and have fun.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I enjoy reading short stories as much as I do writing them. They are a fun escape from our busy, busy lives, giving us a taste of another world, or an interesting character and providing a simple yet often thought-provoking narrative. This is a collection of 57 short stories, all of them are under 725 words. There are some fantastic stories in this collection that I enjoyed immensely and there are more than a few 5 star reads in here. A few of my favorites are: Town Line Road by Jot Russell- A m I enjoy reading short stories as much as I do writing them. They are a fun escape from our busy, busy lives, giving us a taste of another world, or an interesting character and providing a simple yet often thought-provoking narrative. This is a collection of 57 short stories, all of them are under 725 words. There are some fantastic stories in this collection that I enjoyed immensely and there are more than a few 5 star reads in here. A few of my favorites are: Town Line Road by Jot Russell- A man circles back to the defining point in his life only to make a shocking realization. The amazingly strange life form in 'The Daughter' by J F Williams was also a standout in it's sensual but creeptasticly gooey imagery. Alternately the chilling and intensely disturbing Psychopomp by Thaddeus Howze made shivers run down my spine (I liked it!). The morbidly hilarious- Did Curiosity Kill the Cat by Andy Lake left me in shock-horror-OMG-chuckles. Everyman Dies, But Not Everyman Lives by Mike Boggia was another stand out too- showing the importance of offering simple kindness to others even when one faces adversity and/or certain death. The dark and richly crafted world of Becoming Again by J J Alleson made me want to read more and more. Fox, Cat, Fireworks by Jeremy Lichtman was a slice of Tesla inspired cat and mouse fun, and Tom Tinney's Beta test was another favorite giving us a fun Science fiction slant on the familiar Noah's ark story. I devoured this collection in two easy to digest sittings. It gave me a chance to put my feet up and zoom away, enabling me to quickly visit multiple worlds. If you enjoy short-short stories check this out, maybe your favorites will be different than mine, but that's the beauty of it, with 57 stories by 31 authors - there is likely something here for everyone who enjoys a spot of short speculative fiction.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Macgregor

    Science fiction has great appeal due to the imagined worlds, weird aliens, possible futures, time travel. Unlike a science fiction novel that’s restricted to its plot, this collection of short stories delves into just about every genre of science fiction, and I found it really enjoyable. Wondering what each micro-story will be about, and how the images and characters unfold in a short space makes this a rewarding read. The stories are all well written and the majority have intriguing plots. The c Science fiction has great appeal due to the imagined worlds, weird aliens, possible futures, time travel. Unlike a science fiction novel that’s restricted to its plot, this collection of short stories delves into just about every genre of science fiction, and I found it really enjoyable. Wondering what each micro-story will be about, and how the images and characters unfold in a short space makes this a rewarding read. The stories are all well written and the majority have intriguing plots. The collection is divided into 9 themes, like ‘Time Slip’ with Jot Russell’s “Town Line Road” which will have you thinking about the fourth dimension. ‘Connecting’ introduces some interesting and imaginative aliens. I enjoyed “The end of the story” by Andy Lake with a disturbing possible future, and “Sentience” by Paula Friedman with ingenious cross species merging. The destructive aftermath in Tom Tinney’s “The Hoard” is a good example of the ‘Confrontations’ section, along with “Time of the Phoenix” by Carrol Fix; both create ominous aliens. In ‘Secrets’ I liked Alecra & Shanno by SM Kraftchak who creates alien sensuality and deception. Deep space travel is often a necessity in science fiction and there are some interesting concepts in ‘Wending’. Point of view can often challenge our thinking, Tom Tinney plays with this in “Beta Test”. Perhaps my favorite is “Summer Bites” by JF Williams who very subtly raises the spectre of a Big Brother through a beautifully described scene of a family’s summer by a lake. Also in this section, called ‘Edges’, “Unnatural Gas” by Thaddeus Howze is an allusion to some current corporate behavior. The Future is Short is a great collection that should have something for everyone. I like being able to dip into a short read when time is limited, and this collection offers a quick reward. I’d like to see more anthologies like this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    D.E.

    A Quick Bite, But Just Not Enough I'll start with full disclosure and state that short stories are not my preference to read. I find that they end up usually being an info dump with unsatisfying endings and too many unanswered questions. So, I hesitated before I picked up this collection – but the concept intrigued me and decided to give it a try. The concept of these "microstories" was unique. Each story is based off of a general situation description, with a few parameters, and limited to 725 wo A Quick Bite, But Just Not Enough I'll start with full disclosure and state that short stories are not my preference to read. I find that they end up usually being an info dump with unsatisfying endings and too many unanswered questions. So, I hesitated before I picked up this collection – but the concept intrigued me and decided to give it a try. The concept of these "microstories" was unique. Each story is based off of a general situation description, with a few parameters, and limited to 725 words. While the collection has a wide range of ideas and creativity, in the end it failed to connect with me. After each story was over, I was left saying: "and then ...?" This is an especially hard format for sci-fi, since so much needs to be conveyed in such a short space. As a result, there was a lot of telling rather than showing. So, this really wasn't for me as I felt like I was reading writing exercises as opposed to stories. Not that I find fault with any of the authors. They did exactly what they were asked to do. Each story was well written with wonderful imagination. There were many of these stories that I wished were full and complete novels. I will mention two that I did enjoy, because they were able to craft a clever story that didn't try to do too much and so were able to have a strong conclusion: "The Hoard" by Tom Tinney and "Arctic Freeze" by Kalifer Deil. If you are like me and don't find short stories to be all that compelling, then I would recommend that you look elsewhere. However, if you do enjoy short stories, if you're able to jump into the swift flowing rapids just to see where the quick ride takes you, then I'm sure you will enjoy this collection.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Reis

    57 micro-stories written by 31 authors, each story restricted to no more than 725 words - this anthology is considered the best of the submissions to a monthly Science Fiction Microstories Contest over a course of a couple of years. Since a 725 word story is barely a four page work, this anthology is a very quick read, comparable to enjoying a box of mixed chocolates. However, although most of the chocolates are delicious, some blends are less tasty. The stories in this collection cover a broad 57 micro-stories written by 31 authors, each story restricted to no more than 725 words - this anthology is considered the best of the submissions to a monthly Science Fiction Microstories Contest over a course of a couple of years. Since a 725 word story is barely a four page work, this anthology is a very quick read, comparable to enjoying a box of mixed chocolates. However, although most of the chocolates are delicious, some blends are less tasty. The stories in this collection cover a broad spectrum of sci-fi themes consisting of time travel paradoxes, otherworldly alien cultures, evolutionary metamorphoses, post-apocalyptic survival, humanoid creature interactions, technology conspiracies and interstellar exploration. Most of the stories are quite enjoyable in their creative ability to capture a moment of future culture, touch a sense of O'Henry-ism in its scientific irony or quickly re-define a legend in modern terms; however, a few tales suffer in trying to explain the mythos of an alien culture or short code a complex idea within the 725 word limitation. The selection also attempts to be fair politically by including stories with opposing partisan views from a tale that compares oil fracking corporate executives as demons of Satan's realm to a story of a tech plot against an Obama-style president who has undercut the Constitution to create a liberal-based tyranny. Still, it is an admirable collection.

  6. 5 out of 5

    E.J. Lamprey

    I was a beta reader on this anthology and can't wait for the final version to come out, even at beta stage it was exceptional It is one of those anthologies you'll keep forever on your Kindle because the stories are the ideal length for the commuter or anyone who likes to dive into a reliable collection whenever life throws one of those 'hurry up and wait' moments. I gave it 4 stars, not 5, purely because two of the stories are mine (under my 'other' name) and a 5 would look suspect. The joy of I was a beta reader on this anthology and can't wait for the final version to come out, even at beta stage it was exceptional It is one of those anthologies you'll keep forever on your Kindle because the stories are the ideal length for the commuter or anyone who likes to dive into a reliable collection whenever life throws one of those 'hurry up and wait' moments. I gave it 4 stars, not 5, purely because two of the stories are mine (under my 'other' name) and a 5 would look suspect. The joy of the anthology is that every reader will have their own favourites - it is a box of bite-sized delights from a wide variety of very talented writers writing at their best.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jot Russell

    An impressive set of unique writers providing their unique interpretation of a monthly contest theme. This book represents a year's worth of 3 minute stories wrapped up in micro fashion. If you have a few minutes to spare, then a full story is waiting for you. My vote, based on uniqueness in form and function goes to Andrew Gurcak's Collateral Damage. In my mind, sometimes the best sci-fi is the one that is the most troubling. An impressive set of unique writers providing their unique interpretation of a monthly contest theme. This book represents a year's worth of 3 minute stories wrapped up in micro fashion. If you have a few minutes to spare, then a full story is waiting for you. My vote, based on uniqueness in form and function goes to Andrew Gurcak's Collateral Damage. In my mind, sometimes the best sci-fi is the one that is the most troubling.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Kennedy

    It's amazing what these writers were able to do in so few words. From the characters, plot, climax and outcome, these stories paint a full picture, proving it doesn't take a thousand words. If I had to pick, Town Line Road by Jot Russell would get the nod for turning the plot back on itself. Would love to see this as a full length novel or movie. It's amazing what these writers were able to do in so few words. From the characters, plot, climax and outcome, these stories paint a full picture, proving it doesn't take a thousand words. If I had to pick, Town Line Road by Jot Russell would get the nod for turning the plot back on itself. Would love to see this as a full length novel or movie.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Thaddeus Howze

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gary Reckard

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paula

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gene Hilgreen

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael KRonk

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dorthe

  15. 5 out of 5

    Austin

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chofy y Marian

  17. 4 out of 5

    Keep Calm Novel On

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leah

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jarvis Sheffield

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cory Hubbell

  21. 5 out of 5

    W. A. Fix

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris Nance

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andy Gurcak

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Lichtman

  26. 4 out of 5

    Richard Bunning

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Kraftchak

  31. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Kennedy

  32. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  33. 4 out of 5

    Igrowastreesgrow

  34. 5 out of 5

    CathT Hou

  35. 4 out of 5

    Dave JustDave

  36. 5 out of 5

    Jon

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