Take a glimpse into a possible future, whether far or near. Have scavengers mutated into a new form of life on a dystopian waste where human civilizations once flourished? Does the wavering hum of a saucer vibrate the air as it departs from Earth, having gotten what it came for? Anything is possible in science fiction. This is the genre that lets us explore the extremes of what humanity–and what extra terrestrials–could do and become. It shows us futures both hopeful and horrible. Often, it lets us stare steadily at today’s issues by granting them the distance of a story set in space.

Note: Science fiction and fantasy genres are cross-posted.

Exit Wound, by Andrew Busch (Vol. 3; Fall General Submissions)

The Guardian, by Katherine Holmes (Vol. 3; Fall General Submissions)

Memories(TM), by Brianne Simone (Vol. 3; “Baby, There’s Bots Outside” winner)

Reality, Worth a Shot by Savannah Jade (Vol. 3; “Baby, There’s Bots Outside” runner-up)

Trail Angels, by Brigs Larson (Vol. 3; “Spooky Season” contest runner-up)

Blue Horizon, by Elizabeth Gomez (Vol. 2.5; flash fiction contest winner)

The Grizzly Machine, by Sam Kostakis (Vol. 2.5; flash fiction contest winner)

The Witch of Briar Wood, by Anna Carson (Vol. 2)

Neither of these Men are Named Steve, by Susan Matteucci (Vol. 2)

Replacement, by Emma Brackett (Vol. 1)

The Dragon of Jak, by Anna O’Connel (Vol. 1)

Francis, by Sophia Gorjance (Vol. 1)

The Woman of Water, by Ashley Hill (Vol. 1)

Factory 147, by Jerry Yap (Vol. 1)