J.A. Taylor

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Sci-Fi Shorts and Fantasy Shorts publications exist to draw people’s imaginations into other worlds, and help them experience the beauty of fiction in the power of a quick moment. We will keep producing great stories and strive to do all we can to help writers improve their craft. But that takes time, money, and some good tools.

We needed a platform that could handle the level of interaction we wanted to provide to our writers. Instead of just asking for financial support, we wanted to offer something to our writers in return—a place that would help us all connect and…

Write a story helping promote fiction on Medium

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Photo by Josh Felise on Unsplash

Medium is a fun platform; and let’s face it — writers could use more fun in their life. But do you know what Medium could use more of?


So, for our challenge this week, we want to do a little experiment that helps honor the inspiring fiction on this great platform. Write a story and use a title of another fiction story somewhere in your Centina or Pentina, linking to the original story and mentioning the author.

Here’s an example Pentina:

Jason’s time was up.

The man sat opposite of him, monitoring his datafeed. The same man who had…

It's not an easy task to pull off such a "zoomed in" narrative in 100 words and still tell a good story, but you've done just that. Phenomenal!

Thanks, Zane. Wnjoy seeing your work over at CenPen, Sci-Fi Shorts, and Fantasy Shorts! Keep 'em comin!

Until now…

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This word does not exist. Courtesy of thisworddoesnotexist.com

“Oh, this is going to be fun! We are going to get some neat stories out of this prompt… I can feel it,” I say.

“How?” you ask.

“With the help of artificial intelligence.”

“AI? Again? I thought we already did that.”

“We did — with faces. But this is better. This site creates words that do not exist.”

You roll your eyes. “We already had a president who made up words that didn’t exist.”

“This is different,” I say. …

She still lingers

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Photo by Mahir Uysal on Unsplash

The taste of her rancid mouth lingers. Like morning breath following the cheap cigar of late-evening vices, her stench clings to your palette. Her thick scent manifests from your pores, still swollen from the night before. The taste haunts your senses, but you can’t even say her name.

A moment in time, her memory never forgotten, now sewn into your very being. She took you, disadvantaged. Owned you, as if for granted. Respect vanished, fleeing like smoke from a fire. No thought for who you were, what you wanted. Your body sustenance for a succubus, cuisine for a night nymph…

Write a story where learning is involved

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Education is defined as: The process of receiving or giving systematic instruction. It is inseparably tied to learning, which is the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or being taught.

What would the world be without education? What if we stopped learning? After all, ‘knowledge is power,’ they say. Isaac Asimov, science fiction’s grandfather, once said:

Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.

Well said, Sir Isaac. Our modern world agrees completely. A fact that we have repeatedly proven from e-learning to the creation of artificial intelligence, which educates itself. Like artificial intelligence…

J.A. Taylor

Creator of Sci-Fi Shorts and Fantasy Shorts, coiner of Centinas and Pentinas, Jim enjoys cavorting as a literary Parson. Founder of sfswriters.com

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