A young man goes on a dangerous journey to confront his grandmother who is afflicted by a terrible magical malady. A fantasy-horror short story

Twelve figures in golden armor came to our farmstead at night. They were here for Gran, of course. In the last years she had fought with the priest every time she visited the village. More and more of the forest she loved so much was being felled, the timber carried…

Humanity takes its first steps into space to meet something that was waiting right on Earth’s doorstep. It seemed friendly at first… A science-fiction-horror short story.

We sealed our fate the moment we landed on the moon and finally met the thing that had been calling out on the microwave band since before ammonites were around. They had drawn lots for who would have the honor of taking the first step. Trainor, the American, had won…

Flash Fiction

I had an accident a moment ago. Just 17 years since my car collided head on with that truck. The doctor says I hit my head and something in my brain that deals with memory and time has gone upside down. I look at the clock and the seconds never…

A personal project for tinkering with neural networks and evolutionary algorithms

Two ideas from computer science have intrigued me for a long time: neural networks and evolutionary algorithms. Neural networks are of course everywhere right now: essentially a computer runs a “brain” consisting of simulated nerve cells. They are being used to perform science-fiction-sounding tasks like besting human grand masters in…

Mason is on his way home from work when he suddenly falls into a hole in space — Horror short story

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There was a sound like a huge, viscous bubble bursting, and Mason fell upwards into a hole in space. He’d been in the evening rush-hour crowd, trudging drowsily through the pedestrian subway to his metro station after a long workday. His stomach lurched as he was pulled towards the…

Carter is trying to help his wife Gracie get over her irrational fear of the deep sea — Humor/horror short story

Carter held his wife’s hand and gently pulled her across the beach towards the incoming waves. The tropical sun was shining brightly, and the sea’s soothing sounds filled the air. Her skin, already pale from too much time spent indoors, was now stark white from the thick layer of sunscreen…

Surreal flash fiction

The mana that fell from heaven looked and felt like white plastic guitar plectrums. There were broadcasts of course warning everyone not to eat it, but it was unnecessary: the stuff turned out to be perfectly suited to keep humans fed and healthy indefinitely. The taste was quite neutral, but…

Humorous sci-fi flash fiction

The Creator of All puttered around his little house at the center of Everything morosely. His latest experiment had gone spectacularly off the rails and he was pissed. He’d been so certain that hyper-intelligent, cannibalistic neutron stars HAD to be the final word in sentient creature design. They’d seemed perfect…

Raihan Kibria

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