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Kaleida 34

Shannon is a new writer graduating from Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey with a BA in Literature and a concentration in Creative Writing. She writes primarily flash fiction and poetry: short, sweet, and to the point.
Entry: Year 1
My name is Jill. I am 6. Im going to space camp! Mom sayz Kate cant come with me. That makes me sad.
Entry: Year 2
This is a long camp! We've been on the spaceship a long time. We learn a lot from Ms. Jones. The hole camp is 30 kids. I thought that was alot but mom said in her eemail that its not!
Entry: Year 3
I want to go home. We learn a lot about space on the ship but I miss mom. My friend Tessa says her mom told her she was only gonna camp for a week! Mom never told me how long and I never asked her. I asked Ms. Jones if I can go home and she says we are to far.
Entry: Year 4
Today we learned about a planet called Kaleida 34. Its gonna save us! Its just like Earth but 20 years away. Mom emailed me! Kate turned 4 and can talk good now! When I get back from space camp we will talk.
Entry: Year 5
Ms. Jones is the only grownup but she sometimes cries. Us kids pretend we don't see because that would embarrass her.
Entry: Year 6
Ms. Jones cried again today. She said we are heroes. I don't get why.
Entry: Year 7
I forget what Earth is like. Ms. Jones mentioned Kaleida 34 is going to feel warmer than Earth once we get there, eventually.
Entry: Year 8
I don't think I'm coming back from space camp.
The End
This story was first published on Thursday, July 16th, 2020


This story was difficult for me, as science fiction isn't a genre I often attempt. Once I thought of potential futures for a world like Earth, it became a lot easier. Overwhelming, but easier.

- Shannon E Stolz
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