Six words is all you've got, and six words is all you need, to enthrall, spook, surprise, and delight us with your ultra-short science fiction tales!

Maybe your story will have a twist, like this one from commenter buckgoose: "First on Mars!" *Tap on shoulder. Or maybe it will be seasonally appropriate, like this one from commenter earthwulf: Caught cold. Rather... IT caught me... Or perhaps you'll follow commenter richardrae1's example and turn around some famous words in a much stranger world: "That's one small step on man..."

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Whatever kind of science fiction tale you craft, tell it to us (in just six words) in the comments now. Don't forget to star the ones you love!

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