We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys.—Eric Hoffer

Thaumatrope is a twitter fiction magazine for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror fiction under 140 characters - edited by @nelilly.

Thaumatrope is a twitter fiction magazine for
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror fiction
under 140 characters—edited by @nelilly.

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Aug 1, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #cyberpunk story by @midnightstories is short & sweet & . . . well, read on . . . http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

I hate the glowing implants under your skin, hate the way you’re a living, breathing, screwing nightlight. But the other implant? Oh I like.

Aug 2, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #cyberpunk story is by @kvnbishop, “agility monger & writer of SF things”... ] http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

She came for the geocache booty, a carburetor, but stayed as Ned retold the glory of squirrels taking down NASDAQ. Burrow, chew: lights out!

Aug 3, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #splatterpunk story is by author & editor @Nmamatas, who now works for Viz Media] http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

Steve learned how to read the future in entrails from his grandmother. Too bad Steve practiced on himself. He didn’t even see it coming.

Aug 4, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #steampunk story by @Merc_hyn_di, likes zombies, ferrets, art, reading, explosives] http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

Bound with sentient gearchains, he leads the fifteen children into the engine room. “How many more?” “Many,” the train says. “I’m starving.”

Aug 5, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #clockpunk story by @HHCMeg, librarian, writer, farm girl at heart.] http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

Twisting, glowing like fireside embers, my clockwork Icarus falls. Captive in the Baron’s zeppelin, I can only watch and cry greasy tears.

Aug 6, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #cyberpunk story by @deboree, dark, suggestive, we want more... ] http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

In the black rift of swirling wires, hacking freedom into your brain. Solstice sun emerging from data eclipse. 2012: the end of their world.

Aug 7, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #steampunk story by @NataniaBarron, lover of all things weird, geeky & wacky.] http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

“Up now,” said the Doctor. “Show me what you mean.” Clara pulled up her steaming petticoats, “A wrench in the gear. Quite literally.”

Aug 8, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown A #splatterpunk story by @michaelpboatman. Actor and Author. New novel: The Revenant Road http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

Aug 9, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #steampunk story by @saycestsay. Stories in Say, Ideomancer, Abyss & Apex, &more. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

She tightened the corset laces, crimping gold metal skin and rupturing two grommets and a steam valve. A tinwhistle completed the look.

Aug 10, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #cyberpunk story by @LameExcuseBooks. Stories in Analog, Asimov’s & more. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

Killing the unsanctioned always made his neurojacks itch across all his copies. The stims helped all of him forget. Most nights.

Aug 11, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #steampunk story by @dxtrsgrl. Notorious nightowl and darling daydreamer. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

Beneath his deerstalker cap cogwheels turned, chains pulled and vacuum tubes sparked. In this light, it all did seem rather elementary.

Aug 12, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #cyberpunk story by @JBurridge, published in Writers of the Future http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

Patriots swarmed outside Hypatia’s firewall. Poisoned IMs read, “Pledge your allegiance.” She summoned Archimedes to buy time for backups.

Aug 13, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #clockpunk story by @raebryant. Author/poet/recipient of Whidbey Writers’ Prize. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

The clockwork spire moved upon itself settling on the shapes of children, not deer or duck. We waited. By sundown, villainy filled our pots.

Aug 14, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown A #clockpunk story by @mythicdelirium. Writer, poet, journalist and antho/magazine editor http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

Climbing in the gears above the Cosmic Sphere, he pulls the pin that spins the stars in place, falls laughing through the death of Forever.

Aug 15, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #mythpunk story by @GLValentine. 1st novel, Mechanique, coming 2011 from Prime Bks. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

The wolf grins. “Sweet girl, why are you on the nightpath alone?” I smile with teeth, grip my knife under the red cloak. “Come find out.”

Aug 16, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #cyberpunk story by @tomaslmartin. A solar analyst, SF writer and researcher. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

The target’s firewall found me and spat me out into the real world. My brain hurt. I swore I’d never be a mercenary for warring blogs again.

Aug 17, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #mythpunk story by @jay_lake. Award-winning author of 10 novels & over 250 stories. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

Show me the wolf could bring down the moon. Nuclear fire for his teeth & magma eyes. Or did the bastard rise out of the sun to prominence?

Aug 18, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #cyberpunk story by @blueberrio. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

Thrashing to the beat, I feel the txt vibrate my receiver tattoo: “9am gate 68” I’ll upload at the airport, and you’ll be pixelated by noon.

Aug 19, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #mythpunk story by @thexmedic. An Englishman in NY, with work in Chizine, FM & WT http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

Werewolf howls at full moon — the night’s blind eye. Thrown shoe catches her behind ear. City life, she thinks, is a bitch.

Aug 20, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #steampunk story by @Brian_Winfrey. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

As the clockwork girl confessed her love, her gears began to slow. Her hand remained outstretched as he returned her to the display case.

Aug 21, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #cyberpunk story by @TinyStoreys. Lives in London. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

Some crap went down, I had to whistle to warn them. Hack and fix sure, but who gives their avatar the ability to whistle? They were screwed.

Aug 22, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown A #mythpunk story by @wirewalking writer, poet, mommy, etc. 1st novel, Desideria, out now http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

By the time the harp had sung six songs in five languages at once, I was regretting picking its bones at random from the graverobber’s cart.

Aug 23, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #steampunk story by @RSHeslin. A data/statistics geek and mother. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

I fired, smoke gushing from my gun, her body. She crashed to the ground. I paused, leaned over, and snapped the lids shut over her eyes.

Aug 24, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown A #splatterpunk story by @LameExcuseBooks. Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror first editions. www.is.gd/1Y1xJ

With the first cut he severed the tiny vocal cords. That always made everything else so much easier.

Aug 25, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #cyberpunk story by @Shawn_Writes who is busy writing more stuff. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

The queue of illegal children stretched for miles. Once slurped through the reprocessor, all kidbots were assigned compatible parental orbs.

Aug 26, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #clockpunk story by @topologie. Perpetual student; aspiring writer and Cat Overlord. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

My clockwork assassin would have been unstoppable, if only I’d remembered to adjust her for Daylight Savings Time.

Aug 27, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #cyberpunk story by @rachelswirsky. Managing editor for podcastle, and author. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

No program could keep crackers out, so corporations modded to suck them in. Social networks and online scrabble ended the hackers’ reign.

Aug 28, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown This #steampunk story by @davisac1. Nerd by consensus and a dork by choice. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

Her pneumatic fingers caress my cheek. “You built me this hand. I’ve been wanting to try it out.” Cold and oily, it closes around my neck.

Aug 29, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown A #cyberpunk story by @selfavowedgeek Husband, father, educator, and journeyman writer. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

In a self-policing park the quad swallowed a pedestrian whole. All at once the holographic sign flickered from KEEP OFF GRASS to ;).

Aug 30, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown A #mythpunk story by @timpratt A writer of various things, including stories and novels. http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

The minotaur grinned. “A labyrinth is not a maze,” he said. “You can’t make a wrong turn. There’s only one path. It goes through my belly.”

Aug 31, 2009

#twtrpunk [ed, @oldcharliebrown A #cyberpunk story by @mari_ness Worships chocolate, words, music, in no particular order http://is.gd/1Y1xJ

He pushed each and every one of my buttons, lingering over the one labeled self-destruct, before pressing that one with his tongue.

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