by Mario Milosevic


by Mario Milosevic


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Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway bet his fellow writers at the Algonquin Round Table that he could write a complete short story in six words. The other writers ponied up ten bucks each, and Papa claimed the pot with possibly the saddest six words ever written: "For sale: baby shoes. Never worn." In this collection, Mario Milosevic offers 41 of his own very short stories. By turns funny, fantastic, witty, fabulous, and poignant, none are as brief as six words, but they all pack a punch and are guaranteed to intrigue, amuse, and move.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949644449
Publisher: Green Snake Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Mario Milosevic has appeared in Asimov's SF, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Space and Time, Interzone, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Pulphouse, Bewere the Night, Heroes and Heretics, and many other anthologies and magazines. His poetry has appeared in dozens of magazines and in the anthology Poets Against the War. He has published three collections of poetry: Animal Life, Fantasy Life, and Love Life. NPR dramatized "When I Was," one of his most popular poems. His novels include Claypot Dreamstance, The Last Giant, Terrastina and Mazolli, and The Coma Monologues. Mario started writing when he was a young teenager. He submitted his first story to a magazine when he was fourteen years old. He didn't sell that one, but he hasn't stopped writing or submitting since. Mario has a particular fondness for short stories, considering them the ideal storytelling medium: short enough to read in one comfortable sitting, but long enough to convey the richness of life. Mario was born in Italy, grew up in Canada, and now lives with his wife, writer Kim Antieau, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States where he has a day job at Green Snake Publishing and where he writes at night, on the weekends, and sometimes in his sleep. Learn more about Mario and his writing at

Table of Contents


Red Shift




Be Kind

The Eulogy Had its Moments, But Mostly I Had to Get Out of There

The Accountant’s Tale

The Passage of Time

What They Want


The Iron Tale

Question Authority

A Somewhat Enigmatic Indication of My Discontent

The Chromosome Future

The Visitor From the Dark Mountain


Excerpts from A Bestiary of Imaginary Species by Nenad Dragicevic, Translated by Mario Milosevic

My Origami Summer

28 Ways to Look at Illness

This Sentence is the Title of this Story


Don’t Even Ask What Freud Would Say

One Morning at The Brew

My Administration

A Constipation for the Untied States of Amnesia

Tribal Threads


The Fatal Colon


The Consequences of Not Averting Your Eyes

The Hidden Lives of Puppets

An Unnatural History of Scarecrows

The Clex Are Our Friends


Fear of Lucille

Housing Project



The Cookie Fortune

Pulling Strings: A Quantum Story Cycle

Sailors Have Long Believed that Magical Things Happen When Ships Cross the Equator

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