Sociopaths with Human Pets

In my never-ending search of science fiction sites to fuel both my reading and writing, I’ve come across 365 tomorrows. This site posts flash science fiction daily (by their definition, flash being 600 words or less). Sci-fi writers take note, they have staff writers but also take submissions.

Today’s story, A. I. of the Beholder by Duncan Shields, is a melancholy account of — as I’m sure you can tell from the title — the consequences of letting A.I. take over. Somewhat channeling Asimov, Shields manages to avoid the cliché of the angry A.I. rebellion. What about the consequences of no emotion at all? If you have a few minutes to spare, check it out.

And, Happy New Year everyone.

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Equality for Clones?

Time for another plug for Mad Scientist Journal, a relatively new e-zine that will appeal to those of you with an appreciation for humorous, cheeky, or slightly absurd science fiction. Part of the fun is the way they create a true Scientific Journal feel. For example, today I read the latest story published on their website:

How I Learned to Love My Clones: An essay by Dr. Cortico Vox as procured by Folly Blaine.

The title block is in the typical format for the site. Dr. Cortico Vox being the mad scientist contributing his work to the ‘Scientific Journal’ (and the narrator of the story), and the actual author being Folly Blaine. Bios for both Vox and Blaine can be found at the end of the article.

How I Learned to Love My Clones touches on that age-old moral debate (age-old in the sci fi world anyway): How should scientists treat their clones? Expecting a story that was a bit too similar to many I’ve heard or read before, I actually found it was a fun little excursion with some originality to offer, and recommend fiction fans (sci fi or not) check it out.

If you find you like Mad Scientist Journal, their quarterly anthologies can be downloaded at Smashwords.

Happy reading 😀

 

The Cavern now published on Every Day Fiction

Hello everyone,

Back in early November I responded to a prompt from the daily flash fiction site Every Day Fiction looking for holiday themed stories. I sat down for and afternoon and came up with The Cavern a winter solstice themed story that is available for free starting today on their website. It’s a quick and easy read. Check it out and don’t be afraid to leave comments/ratings.

Happy Winter Solstice!

Mabel’s Mission: Coming to Mad Scientist Journal

Mad Scientist Journal, which I praised in a recent post as the coolest e-zine I’ve found so far, will be publishing my short story Mabel’s Mission on their website. Date TBD. I’ll certainly update with that info when I have it.

In the meantime I suggest checking out other stories on their site. If you like your fiction on the fun-quirky-oddball side, then this e-zine is up your ally — and hopefully you’ll enjoy Mabel’s adventure with human experimentation, diving with water-breathing people, and multicoloured beavers — yup beavers.

Assuming the World Doesn’t End…

Just a quick reminder that one week from today my flash fiction story The Cavern will be published by Every Day Fiction for the Winter Solstice…assuming the world doesn’t end of course.

For anyone unfamiliar with Every Day Fiction, they are a website that publishes flash fiction stories (<1000 words) daily. They cover just about every genre and the stories are available free on the website (you can also subscribe to receive the stories via email) . It’s a great site to add to your favorites for a diversion that won’t chew up too much of your precious free time.

If you don’t feel like adding them to your favorites, I’d still appreciate it if you dropped by to read my story on Dec 21st. 😀

 

 

Mad Scientist Journal: Coolest e-zine concept ever!

Sci Fi lovers this is for you.

Sci Fi readers and writers alike should check out Mad Scientist Journal. In my humble opinion, this is the coolest idea for an e-zine ever. On a weekly basis, they post fiction from the world of mad science in the form of scientific papers, newspaper articles, accounts from witnesses of mad scientist activities, and a number of other creative variations on this theme.

The weekly stories are accessible for free on the Mad Scientist Journal website (you can donate to the site if you wish). If you’re willing to shell out a couple of bucks, they also publish periodic anthologies in a number of ePub formats that include exclusive Sci Fi (with a wider variety beyond the usual Mad Science theme ) not found on the website. These can be found through Smashwords, among other places.

Writers out there should consider checking out this quirky opportunity to get their work out there.  Readers, if you’re looking for the occasional, fun escape from reality then this is a great place to go.

The Cavern is coming to Every Day Fiction!

My short story The Cavern has just been accepted by Every Day Fiction. This is a site that provides free flash fiction daily both on their website, and via email to their subscribers. They will be publishing my winter solstice themed story on Dec 21st. 🙂