EP Flash: Oasis

By Greg van Eekhout.
Read by Stephen Eley.

You turn a lever that pops open the cover of the control pad. There’s a big red button labeled OPEN AIRLOCK. You jab it. Then you jab the CONFIRM button. Then you push the handle thing, and it’s all over.

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Note: This piece marks the debut of Escape Pod’s flash fiction — very short stories that will be released between our weekly issues on an irregular basis. We chose “Oasis” as our first because, well, it’s about an escape pod. One can even imagine our logo image as the illustration for this story.

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  1. Thomas says:

    I’m liking the flash fiction. At first I wondered how it could possibly be pulled off and done well, but I think between this one and the other one (“Strange Girlfriend”) that they’ve definitely impressed me with the quality.

    I liked the ending, although you see it coming, its kind of a sad inevitibility.

  2. Duncan says:

    This format rocks. I was shown this site after Halloween by Chris Miller. Just decided to start on episode one so I just found this format. It rocks on. 🙂

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  4. Mitch says:

    This has got to be the most depressing work of fiction I have ever read.

    And oddly, I want to know more. I’d love to hear a full-blown episode expanding on this!

    And yes, I had the EP logo in my head the whole flash…