In reverse chronological order, the pieces that I’m most fond of.
“City Nights” is my bad working title for a loosely-connected series of short stories I started writing in 1993.
Science Fiction Novel Microfiction
In September 2006 I decided to rewrite my science fiction novel (then a sprawling 180,000–200,000-word first draft) as a series of 30 microfiction episodes, each alternating between 300 and 250 words in length. (The full-scale novel itself is unfinished, currently in its second draft.)
- 0: Party, Success, Power, Status, Greed
- 1: Assassins, Gardens, Ouster, Board, Escape
- 2: Trapped, Ship, Despair, Choice, Alone
- 3: Abuse, Contract, Surprise, Capture, Anger
- 4: Decadence, Power, Excess, Competition, Impunity
- 5: Despair, Desperation, Fantasy, Obsession, Records
- 6: Fever, Persistence, Disappointment, Luck, Surprise
- 7: Plague, Mystery, Panic, Rebellion, Power
- 8: Scavenger, Ship, Grave, Race, Payment
- 9: Pursuit, Competence, Indifference, Regulations, Unease
- 10: Captive, Negotiation, Passenger, Transport, Doubt
- 11: Blackmail, Discussion, Assumptions, Demands, Complications
- 12: Reward, Hunt, Research, Guess, Discovery
- 13: Solitude, Insanity, Company, Capture, Confusion
- 14: Negotiation, Wealth, Threat, Agreement, Destination
- 15: Asteroid, Base, Money, Surveillance, Flight
- 16: Information, Questions, Confusion, Opportunity, Idea
- 17: Obstacle, Friction, Evaluation, Recognition, Decision
- 18: Unease, Contingency, Disagreement, Risk, Corner
- 19: Trust, Determination, Dilemma, Odds, Proposal
- 20: Assignment, Anomaly, Misgivings, Resentment, Approach
- 21: Fear, Agreement, Contacts, Hopes, Plan
- 22: Foray, Disguise, Welcome, Aid, Exit
- 23: Gamble, Killing, Speed, Luck, Flight
- 24: Orbit, Evasion, Request, Intervention, Regulations
- 25: Anger, Review, Trail, Politics, Insight
- 26: Prediction, Inconsistency, Meeting, Observation, Confrontation
- 27: Capture, Dismay, Assumption, Principle, Resignation
- 28: News, Shock, Isolation, Reversal, Flight
- 29: Naivety, Incredulity, Anger, Bitterness, Escape
A fantasy story in four parts.
Just one story for now, but I’m fairly sure there will be more.
Stories whose genre is unclear to me that aren’t part of some larger world or narrative.
- ‘One Day’
- ‘Waiting to Drive’
- ‘An Urgent Request’
- ‘The Case of Curious Eddy’
- ‘Desert Walk’
- ‘That Little Bastard’
- ‘Touching the Pacific’
- ‘The Palace of the Unencumbered’
- ‘A Short Reprieve’
- ‘A Tree on the Path’
- ‘Flow Episode’
Stories I think of as being in the fantasy genre that aren’t part of some larger world or narrative.
Miscellaneous Science Fiction
Stories I think of as being in the science fiction genre that aren’t part of some larger world or narrative.
A series of experimental fiction pieces based on this quotation:
“possible attitudes found in books 1) I don’t know what’s happening to me 2) what does it mean? 3) seized with the deepest sadness, I know not why 4) I am lost, my head whirls, I know not where I am 5) I lose myself 6) I ask you, what have I come to? 7) I no longer know where I am, what is this country? 8) had I fallen from the skies, I could not be more giddy 9) a mixture of pleasure and confusion, that is my state 10) where am I, and when will this end? 11) what shall I do? I do not know where I am”—p74. Donald Barthelme. “Alice”. Sixty Stories. New York: Penguin, 1993. 68–75.