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Very, Very Short Stories December 27, 2007

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.

Wired asked a bunch of sci-fi, fantasy and horror writers to follow Hemingway’s famous lead and compose a story in six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”)

The submitted stories are of variable quality, but some fulfill the brief admirably.

Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so. (Joss Whedon)
Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time (Alan Moore)
The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly. (Orson Scott Card)
Husband, transgenic mistress; wife: “You cow!” (Paul Di Filippo)
Starlet sex scandal. Giant squid involved. (Margaret Atwood)
Here are my very short stories:

Love you forever. Don’t call me.

When she’s grown, I’m outta here.

Just cock the hammer, like this.

Oops. Now the jet is inverted.

Iraq to Korea? About 12 minutes.

DON’T drink that … well, never mind.

If you’re sick, use my purse.

Sting ray? You’ve got to be…

A collect call. From the Pope.

Sure they don’t have a nuke?

Nicest folks on earth, the French.

Badges? Don’t need no stinkin’ badges!

I’m gettin fond of that bitch.

Read my lips: No new taxes.

I took initiative, inventing the Internet.

I didn’t live in this century.

Well, I am not a crook.

Everybody is ignorant on different subjects.

Nothing to fear but fear itself.

Marijuana? Once. I did not inhale.



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