Short Story by Judy Helfrich: Richochet-t-t-t-t-t

Story Inspiration: RICOCHET-T-T-T-T

I know just enough about programming to be dangerous. This point was driven home one day when I inadvertently introduced an infinite recursive loop into my code…

The Journal Nature

Story Inspiration: Unreal

No story comes to a writer fully formed — at least not to me. By the time I finish writing a story, my hard drive is littered with deleted scenes, pointless plot lines, and bodies (ahem: cut characters)…

The Journal Nature

Story Inspiration: The Coupon

I’ve often wondered what the eventual fate of Voyagers’ two golden records might be. What if they really did fall into the hands (or pseudopodia/tentacles/cyborg extensions) of aliens?…

The Journal Nature

Story Inspiration: Playing for Keeps

According to the block-universe theory of time, the past exists. As the present drives us towards the future and we leave the past behind, it stays put, like a road we once travelled. But if the past is extant, how is it stored? Obviously, everything comes down to doughnuts…

Betta splendens

The Accidental Aquarist

Are you the victim of an unexpected fish acquisition? Follow these steps for an inexpensive, natural, and low-maintenance aquarium.

Yellow-tailed Acei Cichlid (Pseudotropheus acei)

Sex Changes Everything

Sex. It is one of the most basic drives in nature. The urge to mate, to procreate, to pass on one’s genes. A key ingredient in life, it can spawn ecstasy, longing, and sometimes, even murder–and all this in your aquarium!

White Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys albonubes)

The Ethical Aquarist

They come with fun names like Jellybean and Bubblegum, or heroic names like Purple Heart. Loads of people like them; there’s something appealing about the jowly cheeks, pendulous body, and comical mouth. You can even get them with smiley faces, lipstick, and logos. These are the Parrot Cichlids, hybrids of dubious heritage, often deformed, injected, tattooed, and sans tail, courtesy of a pair of scissors.