6-word science fiction stories | Azure Fire Publishing: encouraging youth-friendly Fantasy & Sci-Fi literacy through writing challenges

6-Word Flash Science Fiction Stories

Wrong wavelength | Azure Fire Publishing: encouraging youth-friendly Fantasy & Sci-Fi literacy through writing challenges“I have made this letter longer than usual because I lacked the time to make it shorter,” Pascal famously wrote. And it’s true: one of the measures of a good writer is whether they can tell a story with as few words as necessary. While for most of us it can be a bit of a balancing act, these 6-word science fiction story-tellers have raised brevity into an art form.

You may use these as inspiration for a longer story. Or as full-fledged stories in their own right. Whichever it is, we hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

  • Room for rent, cheap. NOT HAUNTED.
  • Siri, call home. “There’s no home.”
  • They ate dreams. Only insomniacs survived.
  • “JUST SIX WORDS?” replied the computer.
  • Voyager 1 returned, broadcasting, “no, thanks.”
  • Time Travelers Anonymous. Meeting pushed back.
  • “Systems normal,” the computer repeated, lying.
  • Dinosaurs are hide-and-seek experts.
  • Google’s been retrieved. It knows everything.
  • Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time.
  • On Mondays, they turn gravity off.
  • A paper world. Suddenly, it rains.
  • The last man alive heard voices.
  • “Can you hear me?” Google asked.
  • Cat carrier reviews. Schrödinger’s mixed results.
  • My rigor mortis makes talking harder.
  • Mars Curiosity killed Schrodinger’s cat. Again.
  • We served Men. They tasted terrible.
  • No taxes? The Overlords were worshiped.
  • Apocalypse. “Again! Again!” said no one.
  • When the Earth died, I shrugged.
  • FOR SALE: Human brain, never used.
  • Welcome mat gives vampire implied invitation.
  • Purchasing your future was never easier.
  • Everyone hates the morning wormhole commute.
  • Auto-correct should never time travel.
  • Circle your current condition: alive / other.
  • “I literally died,” was not malapropism.
  • A burning world is surprisingly cold.
  • Gazing at stars. They gaze back.
  • The survivors fell through space. Forever.
  • The last man alive was surrounded.
  • Headline: Psychic belatedly predicts own death.

Source: io9 and various sources.

About the author

Nicholas Rossis

Nicholas is editor-in-chief at Azure Fire Publishing. He lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats and his baby daughter, all of whom claim his lap as home. His books have won numerous awards, including the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award.

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