Ab Terra Flash Fiction
Cassandra's Burden by Jesse Rowell Salt water laps against our sides as we drowse over the shoal in Lethe Bay. Our umbrellas stand at attention on the isthmus waiting for our return, turquoise fabric shading our chairs. We float on our backs as we watch clouds twist...
One’s body is like time–it can never be perceived whole or from a distance.
Science fiction is a wonderful genre that gives voice to those who are ignored on topics which are difficult through utilizing distortions of time, space, and science. To encourage this exploration further, Ab Terra Books seeks submissions in flash fiction of science fiction stories that explore the limitless concept of the body and time using cultural ideas.
Submissions are open the 1st through 14th of every even-numbered month. Stories must be 500-1,000 words. Issue themes will be shared in submission guidelines.
Ab Terra Books also seeks submissions of science fiction short stories for its annual anthology and longer works for standalone publication. Details of any open submission opportunities can be found here, and the submission schedule is here.
About the Editors
Yen Ooi is a writer-researcher whose works explore cultural storytelling and its effects on identity. She is obsessed with science fiction, where she excavates stories to expose and explore the permutation of culture across the genre. Yen is narrative designer on Road to Guangdong, a narrative driving game, and author of Sun: Queens of Earth (novel) and A Suspicious Collection of Short Stories and Poetry (collection). Her short stories and poetry can be found in various publications. When she’s not writing, Yen is also a lecturer and mentor.
Dawn Ostlund writes stories about technology’s incursion on the rituals and traditions of different cultures around the world. She holds an MA in Politics, Media and Performance and an MA in Creative Writing. She lives in Los Angeles and works as an editor and proofreader.
Ab Terra 2020
Astronaut William Anders took a photograph after remarking on the beauty of Earth from the moon. Called “Earthrise,” it introduced us to our home, to the vastness of humanity’s planet.
Ab Terra 2020 is a short story anthology that seeks to recreate the feeling of the moment when we first laid eyes on our world through stories of science fiction belonging to all, from Earth. Twelve stories from both emerging and recognized science fiction authors offer diverse cultural perspectives and provide readers with journeys that in one way or another are “from Earth,” even if home is far, far away.