THIS MONTH’S PROMPT

In six words, write a story about a casual encounter with aliens.

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JUNE 2021

A Story About an International Digital Heist

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THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT, ONLY ZEROES.

—@jamesnsmith, via Twitter


Honorable Mentions:

“Hand it over,” the ATM said. —Lauren Dolan, via email

They never suspected Alexa was Alexei. —Liz Ransom, via email

Why wouldn’t I help a prince? —Harleigh Marsh, via Facebook

They said nonfungible. They were wrong. —@eminay86, via Twitter

Use his eyeball while there’s time. —Noreen Anastasia, via Facebook

“Update Later” was the incorrect choice. —@terryfphotos, via Instagram

Check Google Maps. Kiev is gone. —r0cket fr0g, via email

They got away on the blockchain. —JYRWG, via email

Every cat photo gone. Police baffled. —@john.cartan, via Instagram


MAY 2021

A Story About a Freaky Discovery in Physics

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GRAVITY WAS A CONSENSUAL, SHARED ILLUSION.

—Mark Crane, via Facebook


Honorable Mentions:

Schrodinger’s cat is actually a dog. —@tynanwrites, via Twitter

You’re the observed. Not the observer. —@parkerstmailbox, via Instagram

Our last seconds appear the longest. —Paul Hagenaars, via email

It was simultaneously huge and microscopic. —@Cezary_Z, via Twitter

All lost socks found at Cern. —Felix Quarnström, via Facebook

Astonishingly, up was down all along! —Christopher Walton, via email

Actually, the tides pull the moon. —@the4lw, via Instagram

A seventh Infinity Stone is found. —@taayywells, via Instagram

Faster than light announcement scheduled yesterday. —David Cinabro, via email


APRIL 2021

A Review of a Future Work of Art

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IT TICKLED ALL OF MY SENSES.

—Jacky Reif, via Facebook


Honorable Mentions:

So that’s an AI self portrait? —Jason Cohen, via Facebook

I prefer Boston Dynamics’ earlier work. —@sscarsdale, via Twitter

Uninspired. Lacking originality. Try again, Earth. —Amanda Bull Chafin, via email

NFT or not, it is great. —Peter Boersma, via Facebook

Not as good as Banksy’s virus. —Simon O Wright, via Facebook

Brave to show an unfiltered canvas. —@Alcestronaut, via Twitter

Not what teleportation was invented for. —@Arturo_thrdez, via Twitter

Shame mortals will not appreciate it. —@asylbek0205, via Instagram

Reminds me of the Before Times. —Jacqueline Jaeger Houtman, via Facebook


MARCH 2021

A Story About a Tech-Centric Religion

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IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE “WWW” …

—Eduardo Bolívar, via Facebook


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