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I just got mine in the mail, some of the best stuff I ever read.

 

I''ll be brief; 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. In November's issue of WIRED magazine dozens of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games were asked to take a shot themselves.

Many put their words to paper.

Sure Arthur C. Clarke refused to trim his (God said 'Cancel Program GENESIS.' The universe ceased to exist.") but the rest are consice masterpieces.

 

 

Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket.

- William Shatner

 

Lie detector eyeglasses perfected: Civilization Collapses.

- Richard Powere

 

I'm Dead. I've missed you. Kiss...?

- Neil Gaimen

 

Kirby had never eaten toes before.

- Kevin Smith

( I was thinking... " Kirby had eaten better toes before." ....odd - grim540)

 

Computer, did we bring batteries? Computer?

- Eileen Gunn

 

Gown removed carelessly. Head Less so.

- Joss Whedon

 

Machine. Unexpectedly, I'd invented a Time

- Alan Moore

 

Wasted Day. Wasted Life. Dessert Please.

- Steven Meretzky

 

"Cellar?"

"Gate to, uh... hell, actually."

- Ronald D. Moore

 

Longed for Him. Got him. Shit.

- Margaret Atwood

 

From torched skyscrapers. Men grew wings.

- Gregory Maguire

 

With bloody hands, I say good-bye.

- Frank Miller

 

Epitaph: Foolish humans, never escaped Eartth.

- Vernor Vinge

 

I'm your future child. Don't Cry.

- Stephen Baxter

 

We went solar; sun went nova.

- Ken MacLeod

 

The baby's blood type? Human, mostly.

- Orson Scott Card

 

TIME MACHINE REACHES FUTURE!!! ...nobody there...

- Harry Harrison

 

"I couldn't believe she'd shoot me."

- Howard Chaykin

 

Broken Heart, 45, WLTM disabled man.

- Mark Millar

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They just updated the website to the november addition found more.



 

 

New genes demand expression -- third eye.

- Greg Bear

 

K.I.A. Baghdad, Aged 18 - Closed Casket

- Richard K. Morgan

 

WORLD'S END. Sic transit gloria Monday.

- Gregory Benford

 

Epitaph: He shouldn't have fed it.

- Brian Herbert

 

Batman Sues Batsignal: Demands Trademark Royalties.

- Cory Doctorow

 

Heaven falls. Details at eleven.

- Robert Jordan

 

Bush told the truth. Hell froze.

- William Gibson

 

whorl. Help! I'm caught in a time

- Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel

 

Nevertheless, he tried a third time.

- James P. Blaylock

 

God to Earth: "Cry more, noobs!"

- Marc Laidlaw

 

Help! Trapped in a text adventure!

- Marc Laidlaw

 

Thought I was right. I wasn't.

- Graeme Gibson

 

Lost, then found. Too bad.

- Graeme Gibson

 

Three to Iraq. One came back.

- Graeme Gibson

 

Rapture postponed. Ark demanded! Which one?

- David Brin

 

Dinosaurs return. Want their oil back.

- David Brin

 

Bang postponed. Not Big enough. Reboot.

- David Brin

 

Temporal recursion. I'm dad and mom?

- David Brin

 

Democracy postponed. Whence franchise? Ask Diebold...

- David Brin

 

Cyborg seeks egg donor, object ___.

- David Brin

 

Deadline postponed. Five words enough...?

- David Brin

 

Metrosexuals notwithstanding, quiche still lacks something.

- David Brin

 

Brevity's virtue? Wired saves adspace. Subscribe!

- David Brin

 

Death postponed. Metastasized cells got organized.

- David Brin

 

Microsoft gave us Word. Fiat lux?

- David Brin

 

Mind of its own. Damn lawnmower.

- David Brin

 

Singularity postponed. Datum missing. Query Godoogle?

- David Brin

Osama's time machine: President Gore concerned.

 

- Charles Stross

 

Sum of all fears: AND patented.

- Charles Stross

 

Mozilla devastates Redmond, Google's nuke implicated.

- Charles Stross

 

Will this do (lazy writer asked)?

- Ken MacLeod

 

Cryonics: Disney thawed. Mickey gnawed. Omigawd.

- Eileen Gunn

 

WIRED stimulates the planet: Utopia blossoms!

- Paul Di Filippo

The Axis in WWII: haiku! Gesundheit.

 

- Howard Waldrop

 

Salinger story: three koans in fountain.

- Howard Waldrop

In the beginning was the word.

 

- Gregory Maguire

 

Weeping, Bush misheard Cheney's deathbed advice.

- Gregory Maguire

 

Corpse parts missing. Doctor buys yacht.

- Margaret Atwood

 

Starlet sex scandal. Giant squid involved.

- Margaret Atwood

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Diced tomatos, stewed potatos, potted the roast. Dinner's served.

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they fell in love. she got sick.

 

 

 

meh.

i like the miller one.

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It's the story behind the words. some of those are really good!

 

I'm going try one and keep it as my eternal signature

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me too.

I read a short novel by Hemingway earlier and it was pretty much in the same spirit, left alot unanswered. They were fishing or something. I bet everyone has read it...

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It's the story behind the words. some of those are really good!

 

Yeah, I know, and the stories are nice, but it just seems like most took the particular newspaper headline style to get them across, which is kind of like the easiest way to do it. I would've expected a little more variety and effort from some of those names.

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I'm gonna go ahead and venture a guess on what Matthew Reilly's effort would be, which in fact would crush the vast majority on that list:

 

"His head exploded like a melon."

 

 

If you have no idea about the degree of awesome Matthew Reilly is at, pleased get learned.

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Reminds me of this typeface collection book that used old headlines of real news instead of that "lazy fox jumps..." stuff.

Most of them had me laughing out loud. true fuckups from the editor.... some are directly from here but aren't so funny without the bold condensed headline look

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^ that might not suck if you took ofF ' interesting night'

 

Looking at them again, the political ones are annoying

 

I also like ' with bloody hands, i saw goodbye'

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yea i shoulda left it off but i cant edit it now

 

 

"fought niggas, looking for my eyeball"

"fat black bitch, will she spit in my chicken?"

"allah akbar, BOOM"

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