30 Birds: “Classic, Ecstatic, and Shocked (My First Kiss)” by John Robert Barnes

Stoic, supernaturally tall trees surround the swim club. GoRF. Crickets chirp in chorus with the hum of cicadas and the buzz of mosquitos. Frogs…


Cosmic Pitfall

Smoking guns filled the atmosphere of one of the boot camp rooms on the island of Zelda. One man was killed here a couple of hours ago. This man was…


Take Him to the Edge

I'd always been scientifically minded. When I was five, I found out that Santa wasn't real and distributed a bunch of little pamphlets I made, by…


A Portrait of a Slice of the Universe

We are astounded and delighted to behold the findings of our latest census. Kepler 120AB (Snail Nebula) Keplerians are known for their bulbous…


True Love, Part 5

X. “Won’t your parents be missing you?” Ken asked as Kamishiro stretched in front of the mirror. “My parents? How considerate of you to ask,” she…


A Hair’s Breadth, Part 3

VI. The man, looking disheveled in a rumpled blue shirt, grimaces as he tries to sit up in a dimly-lit room. The place stinks of stale cigarette…


Exit Evaluator

Marco. Let’s start with a name. Since there were few Drapers, he/she/it can stand for the others. They are all in a pile now in Kansas. Marco was…


Intrigue on Fenchurch Street

From: John Grice (Editor) To: Alana Figueres Mon 17:28 RE: Fenchurch street article Alana, what the hell is this? Is this a joke? There is no “park”…


30 Birds: “Daffy” by Herman Barker

Chapter 1: Loon I was a sitting duck in a carpool, but I didn’t know it yet. My mind was elsewhere, on the meeting I had attended that past Tuesday.…


The Keeper of Secrets

The Keeper of Secrets sits in his office and reads something. It is a story by one of his students from the winter term creative writing course. A…