A Lion Roars in Longyearbyen

Future Tense Fiction

A giant footprint in the snow, seen from above. Inside the footprint, a person crouches, holding a flashlight or weapon.

A Lion Roars in Longyearbyen

By Margrét Helgadóttir A story about a holiday parade, a hunter, and a zoo full of lab-grown animals.

A colorful, distorted image of an aisle in a store, with boxes and bottles from shelves, plus a shopping cart, being sucked toward the background.

Universal Waste

By Palmer Holton A story about a small town, a murder, and a massive recycling plant.

An illustration of two human figures sitting on the black keys of a giant piano, facing one another.


By Ysabelle Cheung A story about gender, companionship, and the inner lives of robots.

Two people hugging, their faces not visible, lit from below by a yellow light from a smart phone.


By B. Pladek A story about navigating ever-unquantifiable risk.

An illustration of the back of a person's head, with a hand holding scissors ready to cut their hair. The image is in blue and purple neon, and marred by digital imperfections.

The Only Innocent Man

By Julian K. Jarboe A story about our digital pasts coming back to haunt us.

An illustration of a vehicle coming towards the viewer, headlights on, seen through cloudy, partially shattered glass.

All That Burns Unseen

By Premee Mohamed A story about the future of fighting wildfires.

A cartoonish illustration of a man, with holographic versions of himself trailing, reaching to pull a person back from a crosswalk.

This, but Again

An illustration of a state house building in a cardboard box labeled New Olympia, floating in water.

Out of Ash

An illustration of a tree covered in strange glowing lines, encased in a transparent chamber, situated in the middle of what looks to be a space station.

The Woman Who Wanted To Be Trees

An image of a TV screen, with the words "Empathy Hour" in red bold text, and a dangling basket with a person clutching a large dog, being pulled to safety.

Empathy Hour