Make Me Laugh – 100,000 Credits

By Joseph Markell Jadonna Wanna scanned the space station’s banners during her early morning walk from the Event Horizon bar back to her apartment. It used to be an invigorating walk, admiring the flashing advertisements and classifieds that span the interior wall of the corridor between the promenade to the Eastern wing. But after workingContinue reading “Make Me Laugh – 100,000 Credits”

False Advertising

 by Debbie Peters  Five years ago I answered this personal ad:Mint ConditionMale, 1932 model, high mileage but low maintenance.Repaired parts, but new valves and fine exterior.Not in running condition but idles well. My reply:Fixer-UpperFemale, built circa WWII, excellent value.Strong foundation, normal wear and tear excepted.Minor cosmetic defects. Needs TLC Last week the Court decreed:Divorce granted—false advertising.


*after Dick Laurie By Janice S. Fuller How do I forgive the passage of years,the melancholy of remindersas I sit in Starbucks writing. Businessmen do deals,tutors teach their students,nurses study for exams,loners treasure time alone.Espresso squirts a whssssh!Adele serenades us. Laughter, squealsof babies rocked in car seats by their mothers.Doors slam. Suddenly I’m disoriented atContinue reading “Years”


By Dana May I am a squeamish person. My body overreacts to certain triggers, causing my heart rate and blood pressure to drop suddenly. I learned the technical name for this—vasovagal syncope—following an ER visit after fainting while driving. Thinking too much about something stuck in my eye sparked that particular episode. After CAT scans,Continue reading “Temptation”

My Quarantine Birthday

By Kate Pashby we entered the virtual strip clubor rather, we all played the prerecordedstrip show at the same timehalf a dozen queers in thesolitude of our own homes I Venmoed the hottest strippera redhead with thigh-highblack boots and nipple ringsand she messaged me soon after“Was this a mistake?I don’t think we know each other”beforeContinue reading “My Quarantine Birthday”