“Europa Tour” by Jessica Brook Johnson
Debra pulled a lever, filling her submarine’s ballast tanks with more water. The boat continued its descent through Europa’s narrow sea trenches. The thrusters groaned with effort against the building current. The Earther tourists didn’t notice. They pressed their noses against the windows, oohing and aahing at the sights. Translucent invertebrates swam around hydrothermal vents. Bioluminescent plankton glowed like fairy dust.
Debra answered all the tourist’s questions until someone asked, “And what’s that colorful confetti-like stuff we see sprinkled around?”
“Another type of plankton,” she lied, deciding not to tell them it was pieces of paint from previously crashed submarines.
Author Note: I haven’t seen much exploration of Jupiter’s ocean moon Europa in science fiction, so I wrote a 100 word piece about it.
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There’s not an abundance of sci-fi stories written about Mercury.
So in conjunction with writing my guide to World Building on Mercury, I also wrote a short story.
I am fascinated with the Dan Brown style of combining two seemingly unlike things. For him it was the Vatican and CERN’s atom smasher. For me, it was spiritual mysticism and Mercury.
I was inspired by the Sufi wisdom in The Way of the Sufi Kindle by Idries Shah. So I wrote a story that encapsulated some of these lessons.
CHECK IT OUT HERE: The Blind Mystic in Vanishing Point Magazine
How far will an influencer go to get likes?
In a post scarcity future when anything and everything is available on the net, people are literally killing themselves out of boredom.
Chemotherapy treatment might be the next edgy new thing.
READ STORY HERE AT TELEPORT MAGAZINE
What would it be like if a society had “citizen scores” in addition to “credit scores?” The government develops a number to evaluate their judgement of your character as a person. This number governs every aspect of your life.
I decided to write a short cyberpunk story about a fictional society that is run by citizen scores and apps. It got published in The Weird and Whatnot Magazine.
You can read it here!
(Image Artist:RyanMcGuire is a Pixabay user and shutterbug from Ithaca, New York.)
What happens in the future when more people start using 3D printers and need tech support? Especially when people start using their printers to make food? Will you have people downloading brunch from malicious websites? Will the bacon in your BLT turn to tentacles?
In a short story of less than 1,500 words, you can check it out here: Space Squid – Downloading Brunch