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About Benjamin C. Kinney
I’m a speculative fiction author, neuroscientist, and the Assistant Editor of the online science fiction magazine Escape Pod. I'm a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop, and a member of SFWA. My writing touches on themes of science and faith, the human mind and the inhuman mind, and where these four intersect.
When I'm not writing, I do neuroscience research under my legal name, and hang around St. Louis with my two cats and spacefaring wife.
The Flash Fiction Online 2017 Anthology Volume I: Science Fiction contains 17 short stories from more established, award-winning authors and newer writers just emerging in the flash fiction story-scape. We publish literary, science fiction, fantasy, and horror, in a delicious mix of interesting character, tantalizing plots, and wonderful world-building.
Flash fiction might be small, but each story packs an entire story arc into only a thousand words or fewer. Whether you call this art form a short-short, a micro-fiction, a drabble, or a smokelong, it spans all genres and literary styles.
The 2016 sci-fi anthology includes: J. W. Alden, Stewart C Baker, Derrick Boden, Gary Emmette Chandler, Matt Dovey, Lora Gray, Alexis A. Hunter, Raven Jakubowski, Rachael K. Jones, Joy Kennedy-O’Neill, Benjamin C. Kinney, Michelle Ann King, Kat Otis, Shannon Peavey, John Wiswell, Caroline M. Yoachim
"Cat's Breakfast" is a double issue packed with 30 new science fiction and fantasy. tales. These satirical stories probe and instruct on themes such as free will, mental illness, social cruelty, loneliness, and family--delivered with humor and humanity. An international group of new and established contributors to "Cat's Breakfast" makes this a remarkable and varied collection that is sure to please fans of science fiction/fantasy, humor, and horror. Writers include David A. Kilman, Konstantine Paradias, Rati Mehrotra, James Beamon, Tim Jeffreys, Iain Hamilton McKinven, Jill Hand, Gregg Chamberlain, Anne E. Johnson, Vaughan Stanger, Christopher Mark Rose, Keyan Bowes, Peter Hagelslag, Jason Lairamore, Ville Nummenpaa, Rekha Valliappan, August Marion, Jonathan Shipley, S. E. Foley, James Dorr, John J. Kennedy, Ryan Dull, Veronica Moyer, Corrie Parrish, Dan Koboldt, Neil James Hudson, Benjamin C. Kinney, Laurence Raphael Brothers, E. E. King, and Edward Ahern. Edited by Juliana Rew
Marina J. Lostetter returns to FFO with "You Are Not a Metaphor," a dark yet beautiful story about a disease that robs the individual of their identity. If love means putting the other person's needs ahead of your own, this story is a true testament to what that means.
Originally published in Crossed Genres, we're delighted to bring you Rachael K. Jones's "Mamihlapinatapei," a dinosaur story we couldn't resist. With a name like "Mamihlapinatapei," it's not a stretch to say language is a powerful tool in identifying and processing the world around us. But what exactly is the worth of naming how the heart feels?
In our final story, an original time travel caper from Benjamin C. Kinney, "The Time Cookie Wars," friendship goes astray when tested by a box of Milano cookies. If you've ever hidden your cookie stash in the frozen broccoli box to keep your roommate from eating them all, this is the story for you.
Don't miss Jason S. Ridler's latest installment of FXXK WRITING: The Glom of Doom. He may not be tossing around sunshine and roses over there in his column, but Jason knows his stuff. He's been into the trenches and back. Go check it out.