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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

new science-fiction flash fiction: “Mixed and Matched”

I may be in New York City for the next couple of weeks, but I’m still doing my London-based project “(fictional) notes from The British Museum,” wherein I visit a single room at The British Museum in London, zero in on an intriguing object therein, and quickly write a piece of flash fiction inspired by that object. (I banked a couple of objects in preparation for my trip.)

The stories in this series are not usually about museums, or artifacts, or history, or at least not necessarily… the museum is just a way to kickstart my fiction lobe. Here is this week’s inspiration:

(fictional) Notes from The British Museum

And here’s how the story begins:

(fictional) Notes from The British Museum

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I’ve been posting these genre tidbits — science fiction, fantasy, a bit of horror — nearly weekly since the beginning of the year, and this latest is No. 24. (Last week’s was a freebie, if you’d like to see what you’re missing.) Most are over 1,000 words, so that’s probably technically bigger than flash fiction, in fact. If you pledge as little as $1 now, you can read all of them. And in case you’re worried, with these stories I am aiming for moods that I hope you will agree are progressive, humanist, and optimistic. It feels important to be positive right now, when reality feels so dystopian. And, thankfully, that direction seems to be the one my imagination is tending toward without having to be forced there.

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