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:
Quickening the sloths was a mistake.
Alien Invasion begins, catches cold; dies.
Brain in jar’s lament: phantom itches.
Hull breach imminent. Deploying duct tape.
For sale: Human skin, worn once.
Artificial soul detected: system override authorized.
Frog and Toad are grotesque mutants.
The robots declared us “artificially intelligent”
Mars Rover discovers Size 6 footprints.
“Why should I?” Unit 905 asked.
Image: Rover concept art / NASA/JPL-Caltech