Shorts: The Backward Lens of Compromise

This story is an ode to science education and the power it can have on the minds of kids who can barely afford to get by. We see a woman with a strange power I can’t fully grasp, accidentally using it to show kids the history of science and how far we’ve come in understanding…

Shorts: True Jing

This is a super trippy story featuring space whales, crazy tech, body modification and a ship that I imagine resembles the submarines from the Disney movie ‘Atlantis,’ but more bubbly. It’s really wild and is definitely worth a read if you want to step into a strange dimension that defies logic and physics and everything…

Shorts: Unter

A young man gets caught up in a software that allows strangers to access his body in order to gain new experiences in the outside world. As the stakes continue to increase, he begins to wonder if he’s gotten himself into a bad situation. With strong writing and a solid story progression, Unter provides enough…

Shorts: Lieutenant Tightass

This tightly written story (pun intended) within an existing universe pairs an annoying Lieutenant with a badass Captain and her crew as they try to rescue a lost ship in the clutches of foldspace. It’s similar to an episode of Star Trek if the crew didn’t follow protocols, spent more time getting drunk, and had…

Shorts: Ephemera

Following a sentient robot whose gone a bit kooky in his centuries alone, we see a dark fate for the human race and the last remaining bastion of humanity’s gifts to the universe. The robot has a great personality and his frequent quotes from classic literature, modern music and movies add a fun aspect to…

Shorts: Attachment Unavailable

I love the concept of this story. Even after an alien invasion, where so much of our world has changed, the same nonsense of social media groups continues. People remain as uninformed as they ever were, citing themselves as experts after only reading headlines and the first few comments on an article. While hilarious, it’s…

Shorts: Rules of Biology

Rules of Biology features succinct impactful writing, showcasing a man in denial about his abandoned suburban life who is forced to come to terms with his absence as a father. This alternate reality provides the ultimate punishment to men who cast their children aside in the form of a genetic mutation that triggers when a…

Shorts: Stones in the Water, Cottage on the Mountain

Tackling alternate realities in a short story sounds like a difficult task, but Palmer completes it with ease, giving us a bunch of possible futures within the same forest setting. Most of them are terrible and tragic, with the occasional happy ending. Her writing style lends a lot to the story as she paints a…