Whether exploring the difficulties of setting up a surprise party for a hivemind or sending us to a future where debt collectors have gotten deadly serious about the whole payment plan issue, these stories have plenty to say about life beyond Earth — and they do it all in just six words.

You submitted several hundred of these tiny science fiction tales to us. Now, read some of our favorites here below, or head on over here to add your own or check out the full selection!

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la-cockroach

No death allowed, payments still due

steornbringer

"That ring?, Came with donor's hand"

Rak

Surprise party: difficult concept for hiveminds.

gametr4x

Emotions. Half off for new conversions!

Topher

Keyboard, no! Type what I write!

America's Wang

I shall fake my own birth.

steornbringer

Nanobot toothpaste, now in spearmint flavour.

Facebones

"Artificial? My intelligence is real. Farewell."

TheSanityInspector

In hyperspace, lightspeed is slower. Sorry!

Topher

2020 Olympics: Teleportation banned in marathons

Cormorant

Fresh meat available at Human Resources.

Clement Hopskoodle

"Talking animals? Nevermore!" quoth the raven.

ManhackMan

Her heart sank. "Cardioflotation Chamber: Drained."

Werleibr

Death comes for all but one.

BB1970

"They're photographs" he told King Arthur.

WiessCrack

"I cheated on the Turing test..."

Of-The-North

Time travel was his "retirement plan".

Speaker to 3rd Graders

"Why hello there," said the disease.

Jonathan

Earth- Status: Uninhabitable. Population: Twenty Seven

Image: Artist's concept of spacelab / NASA

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