A Mars rover that’s not quite as alone as it thought, a jarred brain with a very bodied complaint, a robot with an authority problem, and an unsettlingly quick sloth are just some of the curious specimens that await you in these stories.

You responded to this call for six word science fiction stories with some delightfully brief epics. Here are just some of my favorites, collected:

LoboTom

Quickening the sloths was a mistake.

ManchuCandidate

Alien Invasion begins, catches cold; dies.

obeyyourscarletthirst

Brain in jar’s lament: phantom itches.

greyman33

Hull breach imminent. Deploying duct tape.

ForAsgard

For sale: Human skin, worn once.

There Wolf There Castle

Artificial soul detected: system override authorized.

Sean Kelley

Frog and Toad are grotesque mutants.

Dan Entwistle

The robots declared us “artificially intelligent”

altern8tif

Mars Rover discovers Size 6 footprints.

Tychox

“Why should I?” Unit 905 asked.

Image: Rover concept art / NASA/JPL-Caltech