The Fifth Di…

Captain, We Have a Problem

“You want to repeat that, Rhogar,” Serra sighed into the comm. “I’m positive I heard you wrong.”

“Ship say it sad today. We not going anywhere,” the comm responded.

Serra rubbed a temple. She knew getting artificial intelligence was a mistake, but her crew – well most of her crew, Rhogar agreed that ships shouldn’t think, that’s what the crew was for – thought it would be great. Taking advantage of her position she’d called in some favors from the Sorval and now she had a neurotic ship that had bad days where it didn’t want to move at all and shut down most systems.

She cursed and informed Rhogar she’d be down to talk to it in a minute and stormed from her quarters in a huff. The ship and the A.I. wasn’t the real problem. The most damnable part of the whole thing was that – in order to “facilitate a smoother operation of the ship”, the Sorval had based the blasted A.I. on Serra’s mind.

“Nag’yet,” she swore, wishing she had some coffee.

What We Want

Welcome to the future! Well, it could be the future. It could the now but with more interesting technology. It could simply be the now as, very often anymore, science fiction increasingly becomes science fact. Take us to the stars. Show us how we’ll live on Mars. Take us beyond the solar system. Have the robots rebel. We want solid, beautiful science fiction short stories. We’re not looking for horror or gore here, though we might not turn away darker stories, or aliens attacking and the like. Dream a happy little dream, or a dystopic nightmare and send it off to us.

Publishing Details

Lead editor for this is Tyree Campbell.

Submission Details

The Fifth Di… will host short stories in the bookstore and authors will receive 50% of the stories price when purchased. To be considered for The Fifth Di…, a story must be at LEAST 3000 words.

No poetry or artwork will be accepted. That being said, we do provide a piece of cover art for each story and if you have an art piece you’d prefer used please include it with your submission.

How to Submit

Submit your work to [email protected]

Be sure to put FIFTH DI and the title of your story in the subject line. As we use this address for most of our anthologies now, we need to know which anthology you are submitting to.

Here’s an example: “FIFTH DI – Moving Up”

​Submit your story as an rtf, doc, or docx attachment.

​Submit poems either in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment.

​Submit art as a jpeg or png attachment.

​Next, make sure your contact information is in the upper left corner of your manu-script and in your email. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript.


J.H. Tobin Word Count: 5772
14 N Moore St
New York, New York 10013
[email protected]
paypal [if any]:[email protected]

​If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.

​Please, do not put any fancy formatting into your submissions, such as adding your name, title and page number randomly throughout the story, headers and footers, or anything else that might take away from reading and editing. This is because it can cause problems with both reading and editing your submission. It is important to note that style is much different than the above, and centering certain parts, bold, or italicized type is acceptable. It takes a great deal of time to read and edit things properly, so if we see things like this Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.

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