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Very short stories
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As a creative writing tutor, I frequently hear students complain that they can't squeeze plot and characterisation into 2000 words (and I grant you, some authors can't do it in a full-size novel, but I suspect they're not trying). I used to rebut this with two 50-word short stories of my own, but Wired has gone one better, publishing a collection of six-word science fiction short stories.

I wasn't invited to participate, alas, but here's my contribution: Climate Change Threat Exaggerated, say Tyrannosaurs.

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It's kind of irresistable, isn't it?

The world won't let me leave.

Death came looking, but we'd gone.

In the end, we evolved. Twice.

"This won't hurt," the marquis lied.

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Mr Samsa, meet Ms. Ellen Ripley.

Ideas are easy. Development is hard ;-)

Now everyone is a fucking writer.


So short even amateurs can play!

Back in your box, ungrateful whelp :)

"Let There Be Thgil" said Dog.

a lot of those did not, i think, count as stories; no change in the characters. many of them also relied on outside knowledge. i'd like to see what one can do without allusion and with a plot as such.

i think m. atwood's longed for him. got him. shit. is my favorite, in this regard.

It's a pretty good one, that one.

Our Guest of Honour: Matthew Reilly.

Just for the Swancon 07 guys :)))))))

Computer wins Turing Test, Booker Prize.

Helen Darville Demidenko wins Turing Test :)

And seeing we're supposed to be constructing complete fantasies:

Greg Egan novel contains believable characters.

I can top that:

Jerry Pournelle creates believable female character.

Robert Jordan actually finishes story.

(Besides, I liked the characterisation in Distress and An Unusual Angle)

Jerry Pournelle shuts the fuck up? :))))

Harlan Ellison apologises to traunmatised breast.

Dan Brown killed by irate Pope!

okay, so we're heading into headline territiory, but this is fun :)

...bcholmes LJ. Mine would be:
Neo's reality was not to be.

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