Whether taking us to a very, very ancient Martian surface, giving us the chance to play detective with some found clues dropped by future travelers, or just warning us about the worst of the future's entry-level jobs, these stories present us with some very complicated timelines. And they do it all in just six words.

Here are some of our favorite very, very short stories, as submitted by you today from all across a rapidly unraveling timestream:

Wittyname:

Mars' ocean didn't dry by accident.

HadrianM:

The humans won. They always won.

pi Gordon:

Curiosity's last message to Earth: "Help!"

mwhite66:


And, the sequel from LetsAllBeOutraged:

!ɘno ɿɘʜƚonɒ bnuoʇ ɘv'ɘw ,ʞool ʜO

richardrae1:

"Mars Attacks!" "Call the Three Musketeers!"

TheDuke:

Museum exhibit: computers detached from users

ukimalefu:

Time travel works. Don't use it.

Burners Smoked All The Names:

Amnesia sold by the half hour.

Code4109:

I hate these damn moon mites.

Th3spian777:

Warning - Children inside. Safety suit required.

The_Comrade:

Winter ends; the coldest season begins.

adam42:

Mending black holes was mostly tedious.

Image: Artist's concept of a black hole snacking on an adjoining star / NASA/JPL-Caltech

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