Monday, December 4, 2006

Very Short Stories

It's time to go the other direction. Following on my Nano writing experience of writing a 50,000 novel in 30 days, I've added my 6 cents to a concept from Wired Magazine. They did a terrific piece called "Very Short Stories" where they had 33 writers and 5 designers each write a 6-word science fiction story.

Before I show you mine, here are some of my favorites from the piece:

Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket.
- William Shatner

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

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

My very short story came to me as I was flying back from a conference in Atlanta and was looking out the window. I saw millions of tiny lights and started thinking that any one of those lights were the bedroom light of someone just like me, putting down their book and turning off their light.

I'm no Shatner, but here goes:
"One twinkling light of the billions."
You can read them all on

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