Where Reality and Fantasy Blur

  Issue 8, January 2011


Featured Author: Rooms for Rent: Men Only by Bob Thurber
Featured Author: My New Place by Bob Thurber
Featured Author: Grave Invitation by Bob Thurber (digital microfiction)
Fog by Dorothy Davies
Yardbones by Ellen Parker
A Pyre in the Afterlife by David Gibson
Mother and Child by Cezarija Abartis

Introduction by Brandon L. Rucker

This issue of Liquid Imagination marks the debut of our microfiction feature. To commemorate its inauguration, and in the spirit of microfiction, I will keep this introduction brief.

Microfiction is big stories in small packages. Ultra-short fiction with muscle despite its diminutive size. It packs a knockout punch that is just as strong as one you'd get from a regular sized short story, if not stronger. Typically microfiction has all the usual trappings of its older, bigger siblings: protagonist, conflict and resolution. Oftentimes it is less about a broad range of emotions in favor of invoking a specific, singular emotional response. It tends to cut to the chase and not fuss about with the preliminaries and formalities. That is microfiction, in a nutshell. Yet like any form of art, it may elude definition by mere words. You just have to experience it for yourself.

Thank you for being witness to Liquid Imagination's newest feature. We are thrilled with the stories we have selected, and personally I know you are going to enjoy them as much as we did.

As always, please read responsibly.