Friday Flash – Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm ‘What are you doing?’ he cried, clutching his briefcase.  ‘Where are your morals?’ Kim sprawled naked on the king-size bed, half buried in heaps of euros, yen and rouble notes.  ‘You can’t blame a girl for having … Continue reading

Friday Flash – It’s Just ‘Me, me, me’

It’s just ‘Me, me me’ ‘Oh, for God’s sake.’  Taylor banged the tinned tuna onto the worktop, glaring at the can opener. ‘What’s up?’ ‘You’d think by now we’d be able to make something that doesn’t break.’ Leaning on the … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Down, but not out

Down, but not out Tension drained from him as he watched the land drop away.  Settling back into his seat, thoughts of the glittering beaches of his destination filled him with less enthusiasm than he hoped.  Despite everything, the past … Continue reading

Journey Planet – Hugo Nominated

Journey Planet is one of the best fanzines there is, with each issue themed on one of the many facets of genre fiction, fandom, books, writing, and society. Now it’s been nominated for the Hugo Award for best fanzine, for … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Neon God

Neon God Three things were certain: she was beautiful, naked, and dead. The bullet holes in her forehead and between her dazzling breasts were actually the halves of maraschino cherries dripping red syrup, the needle marks in the crook of … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Fashionably Late

Fashionably Late “To facilitate our meeting I will wear a green carnation in the button-hole of my Pedro Agenbite suite, a salmon-pink Ben Broccolli shirt, and shoes by Gabriel Kriepescu.  A copy of Pravda will be on the table and … Continue reading

Friday Flash – This is what you want(?)

This is What You Want (?) Turning from the languid fish in the city aquarium she stepped back into the heat and noise, watching the prototype children running, their dimpled knees and sandaled feet jerking as they yelled. These days … Continue reading

Brutal brilliant cynicsm – Killing Them Softly

A blackest of black comedies about the revenge organised crime exacts against some thieves who stole from them, set against the recent collapse of the global banking system.  In both cases, confidence in the system needs to be restored. In … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Twenty-Second Century Blues

Twenty-Second Century Blues Chloe found Milo weeping by the ruins. ‘We’re so different from past civilisations,’ he said. ‘I feel sorry for them too.  Assyrian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, even the North American empires.  In the end their hopes and dreams … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Pretty Please

Pretty Please Kaltenbruner checked Tiffany’s bonds. ‘Potassium metal placed on your scalp will burn as soon as it touches the moisture in your skin.  The reaction is highly exothermic.  Your skin will blister and break so bringing more water, in … Continue reading