In this story collection, you’ll find a surprisingly crowded (but perhaps indifferent?) solar system, a very systematic weather system, and an ingenuous system to return your unwanted online shopping purchases — and the whole bunch of very short stories is ready to read right now.

You shared over a thousand of your shortest, spookiest, strangest tales in our most recent installment of our six word science fiction series. Here are a few of our favorites:

robotmonkeyzombiekiller

Mars Rover Offline: Unauthorized Firmware Update

DexterHerbivore

Signal from outer space. Busy signal.

purdyjpurdy

Tonight’s meteor shower has been rescheduled.

America’s Wang

We’ve found a flag on Mars.

Soterios

Venus. The warning that we ignored.

herald

Aliens came. We sold them souvenirs.

destor23

Amazon’s time machine processes returns, delivers.

Jason Torchinsky

According to this, we’re already dead.

Nomadic Dec

“Homo sapiens experiment failed. Repeat trial?”

Ghost in the Machine

Can’t outrun monster. Can outrun you.

Damolling

Portal to the future: One way

FrankN.Stein

“Enough already” the alien transmission read.

Image: Artist’s concept of life on Mars / NASA

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