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I Remember by Shane Allison

I won this book by writing a short “I remember” story for Future Tense Books’ “I Remember” Weekend. (I’ll post my submission later. Well, I received it the other day and it’s really good. I think you should spend your money on it!

Inspired by the underground classic, I Remember by Joe Brainard, Shane Allison takes us on a fragmented, lustful, and poetic tour of his life, from a turbulent childhood in Florida to his life in New York City. Allison’s book is an epic poem/memoir full of frozen moments that capture a sexual, cultural, and emotional coming of age.

The School by Lavie Tidhar

As soon as I wrote this story I realised I would most likely have to self-publish it. To my delighted surprise, though, an editor at one of the big online magazines offered me, shortly after, to publish it. Two days later, however, the publisher of the same magazine declined the story, not wanting to deal with any potential fallout. I then showed it – unofficially – to a handful of people, and got a potential offer to publish it in another big magazine, if only I were to change some of the references in the story.

I decided, instead, to publish it here.

–Lavie Tidhar

I think this is an excellent story and am sorry that some magazines are afraid of “any potential fallout.” This is what stories should do — challenge us as readers, make us confront our assumptions and expectations, offer us diverse views of the status quo.

Click on the excerpt below to read the full story, and consider donating a couple of bucks to Mr. Tidhar.

My earliest memory is of white men in white coats holding clipboards, examining me. They measured my skull and prodded me with thick pink fingers and made careful notes. There was a war coming, they kept saying, and we had to be prepared.

Because of aliens.

Good Fiction, Free Fiction

Here’s a list of stories from around the web that I think are worth reading:

After October by Ben Burgis @ GigaNotoSaurus

Peerless by Karen Munro @ Strange Horizons

Not so free, but Oh So Good!

I hope you’ve listened to my story “The Giant of Malheur Park” via PodCastle. The reading, by Anna Schwind, was excellent; she made each character and every scene stand out. Brava, Anna!

If you’d like to read the story, hold a copy of it in your hands, look at print on paper, then I suggest you get yourself a copy of Kaleidotrope #10, where “The Giant…” originally appeared.

$5 for the print copy
$2.99 for the ebook


Recommended Reading

A great poem and two fantastic flash fiction stories I’ve found online. Click on story/poem title to read the entire piece.

Tonight I Know by Shweta Narayan

You, / star-garlanded; clouds / your laughing breath.

Additional Results by Robert Sullivan (Hey! I work with this talented dude.)


Thank you for purchasing TallyInc brand results for your completed life. The categories and data are by no means exhaustive, and can seem a bit random, but we do our best to explain some results, because your life mattered®.


Thin by Sara Kate Ellis

Here’s how bad the epidemic was. Nobody noticed.

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