Short stories tagged with Escapism

Listing 10 stories.

A boy visits the Ulysses County library seeking books that allow him to escape into distant worlds. As the witch-librarian chooses stories for him and senses him becoming more and more desperate, she eventually lends him a book that literally allows him to leave his world.

When an update deletes an underground virtual night club from the map, its owner decides that they will uninstall the game and start living their real life.

A man discovers a video store from a parallel universe, containing movies that were never made in his timeline. But as he grows closer to the rental shop’s clerk, he realizes that the window of time in which he has access to the store is getting shorter and shorter every night.

As a strictly sexual affair stretches past its expiration date, a woman and her taken lover struggle to define their burgeoning feelings for each other.

In a far-future dystopia, a young girl imprisoned for religiously deviant thoughts and behaviors yearns to escape from the paradisal prison complex constructed by artificial intelligence. She is surprised when the artificial intelligence guarding her cell does not stop her inventive plan to get seven people to break her out.

A slice of grim parts of life

An unpopular fifth-grade boy who is troubled by his drug-addicted parents discovers a plane crash site and retreats into fantasy.

A high school English teacher copes with his disappointing reality by imagining a secret life for himself at a distinguished university campus - but he is shocked and furious when one of the students that he looks down upon has a similar method of escapism.

As a teenage girl stumbles upon a mysterious portal leading her to a utopian, magical world, her storyline converges with that of the author—a middle-aged, married mother of two who has come out as asexual to her husband—leading both to a reckoning with their unfulfilling romantic relationships and deepest desires.

When a young girl finds that she can no longer visit the magical world she loved as a child, she tries to find her way back to that world while struggling with the challenges of growing up.