Best Very Short Stories of 1997
These very short stories - the best of Story Bytes for 1997 - were chosen based entirely upon reader feedback.
They appear in reverse chronological order (newest first).
Apocalyptic Prophecy by M. Stanley Bubien He who has an ear let him hear... 8 Words, published December, 1997
My Son Handed Them to Me by M. Stanley Bubien What happens when the best laid plans go amiss. 512 Words, published December, 1997
To Joy Yes by M. Stanley Bubien Music has the power to move. 512 Words, published December, 1997
Attempted Assassination by M. Stanley Bubien How one of the 20th Century's most ominous days began. 1024 Words, published November, 1997
Ode to Nietzsche by M. Stanley Bubien "Actions speak louder than words" -- Nietzsche did not say that, did he? 512 Words, published November, 1997
Regresar by M. Stanley Bubien Home, as they say, is where the heart is. 2048 Words, published November, 1997
Soul Searching - The Basics by M. Stanley Bubien If we look deeply enough... 16 Words, published November, 1997
BB Gun by M. Stanley Bubien Guns---even BB guns---can hold the power to life and death. 1024 Words, published October, 1997
The Failure of Reincarnation by M. Stanley Bubien What if you could live life all over again? 16 Words, published October, 1997
Second Chances by M. Stanley Bubien In life, there are so, so many mistakes where we get another chance. 256 Words, published October, 1997
Cybernetics 101 - Implementing Life in Intelligent Forms
Lesson One by M. Stanley Bubien
Your first, most basic lesson. 32 Words, published September, 1997
A Matter of Honor by M. Stanley Bubien How long can a wound be bourne? Even a lifetime? 2048 Words, published September, 1997
Stupidity---the Great Equalizer by M. Stanley Bubien Some things draw us together... 512 Words, published September, 1997
Advance in Cloning Disclosed - Lab Yields Lamb with Human Gene ORAn Excerpt from The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells Things aren't exactly the way Wells envisioned. Or are they? A Clone Story. 32 Words, published August, 1997
Judgement Day by M. Stanley Bubien Evidence can be convicting in more ways than one. 256 Words, published August, 1997
Rat Deliverer by Thomas Sennett Some jobs, like some lives, are better than others. 256 Words, published August, 1997
The Heart of Christ by M. Stanley Bubien Be careful what you pray for... 256 Words, published July, 1997
Honey Baboon by Thomas Sennett People often find comfort in the most unusual places. 512 Words, published July, 1997
My Grandfather's Hands by M. Stanley Bubien Grandparents are precious for so many reasons. 256 Words, published July, 1997
Pediatric Analgesics by Thomas Sennett Ah, the things you hear in a doctor's office. 256 Words, published July, 1997
Berry Perfume by M. Stanley Bubien A brief revellation inspired by a chance encounter. 256 Words, published June, 1997
Friend or Foe? by M. Stanley Bubien It's a thin line. 16 Words, published June, 1997
I Cannot Yet Staunch Your Flow by M. Stanley Bubien Pain brings tears and more when embraced. 512 Words, published June, 1997
A Superior Vocabulary by Thomas Sennett Kids say the funniest things. 512 Words, published June, 1997
A Computer-Generated Story by Looflirpa What's in a name? Perhaps everything. 64 Words, published May, 1997
A Face in the Doorway by M. Stanley Bubien Wasn't there a commercial once that went something like, "Parts is parts"? A Clone Story. 256 Words, published May, 1997
My Best Friend's Motorbike by M. Stanley Bubien It can take a lot to drive friends apart. 512 Words, published May, 1997
After All's Said and Done by M. Stanley Bubien Just one question, asked non-challantly, almost as if, for a moment, it even really mattered. A Clone Story. 256 Words, published April, 1997
Difficult to Remember by M. Stanley Bubien Justice can sometimes be a matter of perspective. 256 Words, published April, 1997
The Watering Hole by M. Stanley Bubien Wishes are sometimes made from below, sometimes from above. 512 Words, published April, 1997
I Needed a Miracle by M. Stanley Bubien What do you do when driven to despair? 256 Words, published March, 1997
Hoping for a Pealing by M. Stanley Bubien It's hard when your morning routine gets interrupted. 16 Words, published March, 1997
And the Rain Fell Harder by M. Stanley Bubien One man's quest for truth. 512 Words, published February, 1997.
Surfing on the Net - or - Walking the Web by M. Stanley Bubien Feels like that all the time. 2 Words, published February, 1997.
Without an Enemy Left in the World by M. Stanley Bubien An alternate reality---for better or worse? 256 Words, published February, 1997.
The Answer of Theodicy by M. Stanley Bubien It really has nothing to do with karma. 32 Words, published January, 1997.
The Eternal Ocean by M. Stanley Bubien Sometimes we're blind to our own hopes. 256 Words, published January, 1997.
Why I Give Blood Every Eight Weeks Without Fail by M. Stanley Bubien A simple explanation. 256 Words, published January, 1997.