25 Ocak 2014 Cumartesi

Six Word Short Stories

 Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn.") and is said to have called it his best work.  sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games to take a shot themselves.

Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket.
William Shatner

Computer, did we bring batteries? Computer?
Eileen Gunn

Vacuum collision. Orbits diverge. Farewell, love.
David Brin

Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.
Joss Whedon

Automobile warranty expires. So does engine.
Stan Lee

Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time
Alan Moore

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
Margaret Atwood

His penis snapped off; he’s pregnant!
Rudy Rucker

From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings.
Gregory Maguire

Internet “wakes up?” Ridicu no carrier.
Charles Stross

With bloody hands, I say good-bye.
Frank Miller

Wasted day. Wasted life. Dessert, please.
Steven Meretzky

“Cellar?” “Gate to, uh … hell, actually.”
Ronald D. Moore

Epitaph: Foolish humans, never escaped Earth.
Vernor Vinge

It cost too much, staying human.
Bruce Sterling

We kissed. She melted. Mop please!
James Patrick Kelly

It’s behind you! Hurry before it
Rockne S. O’Bannon

I’m your future, child. Don’t cry.
Stephen Baxter

1940: Young Hitler! Such a cantor!
Michael Moorcock

Lie detector eyeglasses perfected: Civilization collapses.
Richard Powers

I’m dead. I’ve missed you. Kiss … ?
Neil Gaiman

The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.
Orson Scott Card

Kirby had never eaten toes before.
Kevin Smith

Rained, rained, rained, and never stopped.
Howard Waldrop

To save humankind he died again.
Ben Bova

We went solar; sun went nova.
Ken MacLeod

Husband, transgenic mistress; wife: “You cow!”
Paul Di Filippo

“I couldn’t believe she’d shoot me.”
Howard Chaykin

Don’t marry her. Buy a house.
Stephen R. Donaldson

Broken heart, 45, WLTM disabled man.
Mark Millar

Harry Harrison

Tick tock tick tock tick tick.
Neal Stephenson

Easy. Just touch the match to
Ursula K. Le Guin

Microsoft gave us Word. Fiat lux?
David Brin

Special Web-only edition: We were unable to include these 59 stories in the print magazine. 

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