Behind the fiction: The Book of Damnation

Written for Microcosms, this story was quite a fun one to write. Not quite unicorns and rainbows, though… For those who missed yesterday’s post, I’m giving the story first and the “behind the scenes” afterwards. Fiction: The Book of Damnation Welstandsuitsig Abbey had been built upon a tall pinnacle. Waking and sleeping in shifts, theyContinue reading “Behind the fiction: The Book of Damnation”

Flash Fiction: A Taste of Peace

Written for Microcosms, my prompts for the week were “ordinary person”, “airplane” and “sci-fi/fantasy”. A Taste of Peace It was as close to the aliens that I had ever been and I sighed inwardly as I saw that my window seat with the extra legroom was next to a couple of Greens. I stowed myContinue reading “Flash Fiction: A Taste of Peace”

Flash Fiction: Babylon

Written for last week’s Microcosms, my prompts were “news reporter”, “battlefield” and “sci-fi”. Babylon “We can’t broadcast this.” The suited man stared in disgust at the reporter’s footage of the aftermath of one of the battles on Babylon. The reporter’s red-rimmed eyes stared at the screen. “It shouldn’t be hidden.” He used two fingers toContinue reading “Flash Fiction: Babylon”

Flash Fiction: Blood and Tears

This story was written for Microcosms (where your story must be 300 words or less) and my prompts were “guard”, “exhibition hall” and “crime”. Blood and Tears They had always said that my blood wasn’t pure enough to work here, that the gods would take vengeance for having their holy objects exhibited for all toContinue reading “Flash Fiction: Blood and Tears”

Flash Fiction: Time Enough

This story was written for Microcosms and my prompts were “legatee”, “hinterland” and “Steam Punk”. Time Enough The airship flew slowly over the burnt grasses of the hinterlands south of the city. Encased in the glass and metal viewing deck, I was glad to be breathing fresh air. Uncle Bryan had really thought of everythingContinue reading “Flash Fiction: Time Enough”

Flash Fiction: Broken

This story was written for last week’s Microcosms flash fiction contest. The prompt was “I wasn’t always a grumpy old man”. Story: Broken One of the children lingered by the garden gate where the old man stood, red cricket ball in his hand. The other children had fled as soon as they heard the soundContinue reading “Flash Fiction: Broken”

Flash Fiction: This Time It’s Forever

Written for microcosms, my prompts were “criminal”, “library”, and “romance”. I also incorporated Rachel Poli’s Friday prompt; “Where were you?”. This Time It’s Forever “Where were you?” the voice asked from the ether before the figure of a woman materialised, her fingertips dancing along the spines of the library books on the shelf next toContinue reading “Flash Fiction: This Time It’s Forever”

Flash Fiction: First Blood

“First Blood” was written for last week’s Microcosms. My prompts were coma patient, galactic war, and memoir. First Blood This time they had not come for our mines, but for our other resources – clean water in abundance and cheap labour. The battle between the colony and earth was over in six days. I wokeContinue reading “Flash Fiction: First Blood”