Flash Fiction Stories

A story in 1000 words or less. A wonderful challenge and something that I have been endeavoring to use to make my reports more succinct!

  • Protected: Misconceptions
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  • Vanished?
    by Christer Tholin Vanished is a mystery thriller with a Scandanavian setting and a sleuth who is thrown in at the deep end. When a German lawyer goes…
  • Red Hail
    by Jamie Killen From the opening line of Red Hail, you are immersed in a gripping story that sweeps you into the world of Anza as she witnesses…
  • The Death of Mrs Westaway
    By Ruth Ware Ruth Wares inheritance mystery had to my delight some parallels with my old favorite, a Villa In Italy. A cast of intriguing characters, a mysterious…
  • The Villa In Italy
    I thought it would be easy to review this book, since it’s one of my favorite mysteries, but I was wrong. It’s hard to distill the whole of…
  • Theta Station
    Realism vs. imagination in the design of space stations When I first sent out Alien A La Carte to a Beta reader, one of the comments that came…
  • Still Life by Louise Penny
    My first review is of Still Life by Louise Penny, a book I have wanted to read for a long time, and am tackling with my Book Club…
  • Alien A La Carte
    A sneak peak at part of Chapter 1 of Alien A La Carte! Bon-Appetit! LizaRose Alderson Chapter 1—In Space No One Can Hear You Burn the Toast The…
  • Weird But True!
    How much science should there be in Science Fiction? While I was carrying out my research I would regale my mother with such truths as lichens are symbiotic,…
  • Cold Storage – A Flash Fiction Story
    When a research assistant opens his late professor’s safety deposit box, he finds an unexpected link to his own past. My thanks to Nora McKinney for providing editorial…
  • Cosmic Mishaps
    The thing about writing is that you never stop learning. Whether its learning about the craft of writing, learning about who your audience is, learning about marketing or…
  • Retribution
    The narrator of this tale gets an unexpected opportunity for revenge when he smells pizza. (Just so you know … the pizza was a prompt that had to…
  • COVID19 – A lesson in hope?
    OK. Let’s address the elephant in the room. COVID19 has so far been a curse and a blessing. At home we have had a mild form of it,…
  • Cover Reveal for Alien A La Carte!
    So I’m excited about this. You may not be. But seeing your own name on a book cover is quite startling, so to those of you who have…
  • Space Chef!
    My WIP Research uncovered opportunities I never knew existed! Bae Sang-moon is a space chef. He (more on that research fail later!*) is a whizz in a kitchen…
  • Timing is Everything!
    When I started writing my novel, it began as a short story about a cook, and grew into the story of a xeno-nutritionist in space. I wrote the…
  • The Layer Cake Mystery
    On an anniversary trip with his wife, a retired doctor solves a small mystery. A dapper young man bounded down the sweeping staircase of the hotel. He almost…
  • What is Flash Fiction?
    And why do I love it? Imagine a short story, made shorter, condensed, focused into its most sparing yet most interesting part, and you have flash fiction. Flash…
  • Awooga!
    Theta Station. Not exactly the shining star of the ring of Earth orbital stations, but it’s a busy hub for the belt miners on their way to the…
  • Remote Viewing
    In this time of isolation and quarantine I watch my son speaking to his friend on Skype having, what seems to him, a normal play date and I…
  • Ooops!
    Okay. This one is a bit naughty. A bit of a what if … I apologize to any of my religious friends for this one… They announce a…
  • (Wedding) Breakfast at Furbelows
    When Mary’s wedding plans are derailed, she turns to her friend for help. This story is revised from one submitted to the 2015 NYC Midnight Competition I look…
  • A ‘Fichey’ Tale
    When Gary finally gets a chance to look for a relative’s treasure map his enthusiasm can’t be dampened. Originally a NYC Midnight Flash Entry, this one was rewritten…
  • Earth and Space: Two Sides of the Same Universe
    When you are researching for science fiction, you are at liberty to use some extrapolation of theoretical research. Otherwise, your fiction part will be sadly lacking. The problem…
  • Fictional Research
    The beauty of writing fiction is that you get to make things up. However, if what you make up is not consistent with the rules of the world…
  • Speculative Fiction
    The grand opening of the Sci-Fi Hall of Fame was, so far, an unmitigated disaster, until a little boy gives Dana a ray of hope. Originally written as…
  • Two Nations Divided
    My 2004 visit to the USA, more specifically South Carolina, was a catalogue of firsts. On my first trip to the states, I saw my first gun, ate…
  • Places to Go, People to Meet
    When I’m in a travelling mood, I spread a map of the world on the table, close my eyes, count to five and place my finger down. The…
  • A Good Idea
    After a museum visit, a concrete plant worker comes up with the money making idea of a life-time. This short story, from 2015 helped me advance to the…
  • Traveling Companions
    When I go traveling, the first thing I think about, after destination, is companionship.  Do I want any? How much do I want? Do I want an easy…