Flash Fiction Online September 2013
Edited by Suzanne W. Vincent
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online eZine ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 30 September 2013
Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their September 2013 issue. In the Editorial, Jake Freivald, the founder of the magazine announces a changing of the guard. Suzanne Vincent had already been serving as Editor-in-Chief and, now, Anna Yeats will serve as publisher/CFO. Freivald says that any connection he will have from now on will have the title "emeritus" after it. We wish him well in future endeavors and thank him for founding Flash Fiction Online.
First up is "The Social Phobic's Guide to Interior Design" by Sarah Grey. -+- Our narrator is the titular social phobic and when he is sitting in a bar he feels he is the wallpaper. When a beautiful woman sits near him, he is an antique leather sofa. When she asks his name, he lets someone named 'Matteo' answer. When he is in the bar, another time, something else happens. Great little story with a well-drawn character.
Next is "The Shallow" by Nathaniel Lee. -+- Our narrator is a young girl who finds what she is sure is a piece of an alien spaceship that had exploded in Earth orbit, shortly after sending out a code-signal that had knocked out radio and television. What had happened? Some interesting speculation in this fine little story.
The Classic Flash story is "Egocentric Orbit" by John Cory -+- This story appeared in Astounding Science Fiction in May 1960. This is the story of the third man to orbit the Earth. The return of the previous two to Earth had to be done by ground control firing their retro rockets as they did not do so. When their capsules had been recovered, the first was stony silent and non-responsive. The second was babbling. This astronaut is thinking about that. The last sentence of this story was a great one and a perfect ending. One wonders whatever became of John Cory.
By the time you read this, the October issue might be up, but the September Flash Fiction Online should still be available. Look for it as a back issue or read any older issue. Check them out and make a donation.