Author Archives: Peter

Last Night’s Logs

You know it’s going to be a bad day when the first thing your pilot says when she wakes up is, “Let’s take a look at last night’s logs.” It’s like she doesn’t trust me to fly when she’s not … Continue reading

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Record of Occupational Readiness

“Do you know what time it is?” I’d never seen this woman before. She looked like she’d been born in her IRS auditor-type suit, joyless and single-minded. None of it made me want to help a stranger on the sidewalk. … Continue reading

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Only One Future

The two-person spacecraft plummeted into the atmosphere. With the engines dead, it had only one future: burning up and finally exploding. The two crew were not taking it well. Marcela ran her hands frantically across the consoles, looking for anything … Continue reading

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Discovery of an Invention

Janey walked into the dining room where her father sat reading a book. Beside her floated a bundle of wires connected to a sealed cannister, altogether about the size of a basketball. “Dad! I invented antigravity!” He didn’t look up … Continue reading

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Review of Palace by the Bay by Someone Who Hates Fish

Palace by the Bay is a lovely restaurant with elegant decor that takes full advantage of its location on on the shore of the bay. The soothing ambiance inspires excellent conversation, which in my experience centers mostly on how sad … Continue reading

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The Hair Monsters

“Do you know about the hair, Mom?” Fred asked. “Um, I guess so?” She looked a question at Dad, who just shrugged. She ate her mashed potatoes. “The hair that gets all over the house, that gets swept up.” “It … Continue reading

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The Couch at Night

When night falls and everyone in your house has gone to sleep, your couch sneaks out and goes swimming. It doesn’t want to get wet, so it wraps itself in a waterproof suit, then swims the underground waters to find … Continue reading

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Barakha’s Laughter

Barakha, god of storm and sheep, herds the clouds across the sky and brings us their rains, as well as guiding us with the lightning. One day as the god herded a great flock of clouds, the trickster god Seshe … Continue reading

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In the Near-Pitch Dark

“Bloody Mary.” Jane had turned out the lights, closed the blinds, and closed the door. Ana and Demetria waited outside. “Bloody Mary.” She’d wanted do it all together. She was afraid, she admitted. But Ana said it only worked if … Continue reading

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Jack and Jill on Coffee

“I don’t really like coffee,” Jack said. “I know,” said Jill. “It’s just that bitter, burned taste.” He shuddered, scraping his tongue on his teeth to shed the imaginary flavor. Jill put down the book she was failing to read. … Continue reading

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