The hierarchy of fiction goes something like this: epic (120,000 words and up), novel (40,000 - 120,000), novella (17,500 - 40,000), novelette (7,500 - 17,500), short story (1,500 - 7,500), sudden fiction (750), flash fiction (300 - 1,500), micro fiction (under 300), a drabble (exactly 100), and a dribble (exactly 50). Our 3rd Issue Drabbles follow; page through using the slide buttons below. Authors are alphabetized.
"The mechanism is simple, your honor: once reflected in the cubic mirror—the subject is trapped inside it. If someone from the outside utters the right spell on the frame, then and only then, the person can leave again. Our job is to transform disbelief into admiration; we raise dreams to the category of realities; we awake amazement in the tired gaze. When I ask for a volunteer from the audience, I can't tolerate incredulous rebels‘ cravings for notoriety—willing to ruin the show. So yes, I broke the mirror. And yes, I did it on purpose," the magician testified.
— Juanjo Bazán, Spain
Juanjo Bazán is an author based in Madrid, Spain, whose fiction and poetry has appeared in Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, Star*Line, and anthologies like Multiverse, Dwarf Stars and Visiones—among other venues.