New micro-flash + science: A FUTURE SO BRIGHT

Over at Story Seed Vault, publisher Alex Massey challenges authors to craft speculative micro-fiction based on real science. She calls this story “Story Seed #56.”

I also call it “A Future So Bright.”

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Now, everyone wore shades that filtered out blue; the world looked rosy. One day, she tore off her shades, saw the world as it was—and wept.

Anna Kander weaves together three scientific concepts in this piece to create a piece of horror that may become all too real. As the earth’s ozone layer thins, it lets in more UVB light, just past blue and violet on the color spectrum. Blue and UV light can harm human eyesight. The obvious solution? Visible blue light can be filtered with sunglasses that are reddish-yellow. Will we search for more cosmetic answers to climate change instead of trying to reverse it? // Alex Massey

//Anna Kander is a social worker in the Midwestern US. Her work is slated to appear in Breadcrumbs, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and beyond. Find her at annakander.com.//

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New speculative flash fiction: “The Man with the Broken Heart”

Speculative 66 has a new issue! I’m on lucky page #13, with The Man with the Broken Heart, a 66-word speculative fiction.

Poor Harold—a terrible writer who loved to write. Days, he labored as a mad scientist. Nights, he…

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