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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Stories, In Brief

posted by on October 26 at 13:03 PM

Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s six-word story (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn”), Wired Magazine asked sci-fi, fantasy and horror writers to come up with six-word stories of their own. Here are some of my favorites:

Computer, did we bring batteries? Computer?
- Eileen Gunn

Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.
- Joss Whedon

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
- Margaret Atwood

“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

He read his obituary with confusion.
- Steven Meretzky

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

- Harry Harrison

I saw, darling, but do lie.
- Orson Scott Card

Bush told the truth. Hell froze.
- William Gibson

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I liked those, too.

Posted by charles | October 26, 2006 1:20 PM

We tore it down. Seattle crumbled.
- Gomez

Posted by Gomez | October 26, 2006 1:32 PM

Wow, those are great. Captures the spirit of haiku (better than most of the pathetic doggerel haiku no better than limericks)

Posted by david | October 26, 2006 1:34 PM

That robot chick is a dude!

Posted by Matt | October 26, 2006 1:43 PM

Cool! ADD literature. Liked Sterling's, Gibson's.

Posted by Michael Holden | October 26, 2006 2:07 PM

Bush in Iraq, as Inspired by The Diaries of Julius Cesar:

I came. I saw. Conquered? No.

Posted by BC | October 26, 2006 2:10 PM

Nuclear proliferation - somebody slipped. Um, Oops?

Posted by Geni | October 26, 2006 2:14 PM

Neocon victory, theocratic rule. Goodbye, America.

Posted by Geni | October 26, 2006 2:16 PM

My favourite comment on this, courtesy of Slashdot:

Not much to read, is there?

Posted by Aexia | October 26, 2006 2:18 PM

I'm a nutcase. The Mormon kind.

- Orson Scott Card

Posted by Ice | October 26, 2006 2:38 PM

Shut up, Gore explained. Debate's over.

Posted by weird al's gorebasm | October 26, 2006 2:52 PM

That second one of Card's coulda been plagiarized from Ovid's Cures for Love!

(Um. Which I just read today, which is the only reason I know that.)

Posted by Horace | October 26, 2006 4:11 PM

October brings clouds. Seattle enters coffeehouses.

Posted by Justin | October 26, 2006 4:59 PM

Was he a she or it?

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 26, 2006 5:37 PM

Is this really all there is?

Posted by Geni | October 26, 2006 5:50 PM

Fun,, but I've gotta rain on the parade here and say that almost none of these are stories... ;)

Posted by Mystique | October 27, 2006 1:53 PM

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