map Macro-Fiction Archives

Minus the Angels

Issue No. 253 ~ June, 2018

It was the season of believing the doctors. Because of medical uncertainties, we had skipped vacation the previous year, so this time we splurged on a ten-day trip to Italy. Instead of teeming Rome, where we’d stayed as grungy grad students two decades before, we …

Health Week

Issue No. 253 ~ June, 2018

Monday   Hello, Stella, Welcome to your enhanced mental health portal! We at the new, local, improved Citizens’ Mutual Health Exchange franchise continuously seek ways to make your health care more effective, and our just-perfected Patron Check: In® module will be of special use to …

Car Service

Issue No. 253 ~ June, 2018

The man’s voice startled me, and I began to smile stupidly. I’m not sure that I was daydreaming, fantasizing there on the pavement, but I suppose that I was. “Hello, Mr. Abbott,” he said. “Better weather than the last time you were here.” I watched …

Eidolon Lake

Issue No. 252 ~ May, 2018

Now and then a distant rifle shot rings through the mountain air.   Henry and Anita left the windy shore and found an old tottering picnic table beneath a spruce tree. Anita kicked off her shoes. He saw she had blisters on her heels and …

Disclaimers, Warnings & Indemnifications

Issue No. 252 ~ May, 2018

The entity reading this book (the reader) takes all responsibility for any and all accidents, mishaps, lawsuits, environmental damage, loss of income, loss of spousal affection, etc., etc. that may occur as a result of reading this book.   All characters are fictional, the figments …

A Memory of Miss Clara

Issue No. 252 ~ May, 2018

Mark Antony was wrong, I believe, when he said that the evil that men do lives after them and that the good is oft interred with their bones. Or maybe it is that way for men. It is not for women, for Miss Clara. I …

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Issue No. 252 ~ May, 2018

You live in a city where food poisoning is commonplace. Granddad tells you that the ice blocks you drool over are made from footbath water. It doesn’t stop you from eyeing the popsicles your classmates are devouring, but you dare not take a bite. The …

The Sand Octopus

Issue No. 251 ~ April, 2018

Rei: universal energy outside all living things, the highest spiritual consciousness, God’s energy. Rei energy has a frequency of 7200 cps (cycles per second) or above.   “If you set a story in 1320, Europe, you’ve got to know that in 28 years, bubonic plague …

Recess with Liam Garvey

Issue No. 251 ~ April, 2018

Whenever people find out that I knew Liam Garvey when I was young, they: A) Treat me as if I was much cooler than they had previously thought of me, and B) Ask if I knew that he was going to be successful even back then. …

Escape from Alan’s World

Issue No. 251 ~ April, 2018

The four of us became close in that way intelligent, exiled boys, who are intelligent enough to know they are exiled, become. It wasn’t hard for us to inhabit Alan’s World – we’d already been driven out of our own. We chose to be immigrants …