Sci-Fi

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S2.15 State of the Union

State of the Union by Michael Haynes Originally published in Space and Time magazine in 2016 Michael Haynes lives in Central Ohio where he helps keep IT systems running for a large corporation during the day and puts his characters through the wringer by night. An ardent short story reader and writer, Michael has had stories appear in periodicals such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Daily Science Fiction and his work has also appeared in anthologies…
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Writing Prompt: What will they say in a few thousand years?

Future humans will look back at this time. What will they say? Will they say we were an advanced civilization? I have been wondering quite a bit if they will say that this was the start of a civil war, or a war of some kind. All of the people who sit by the side (including me) will be looked at as entirely oblivious to the world around them. I don’t know what else to do or how else to…
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IWSG: Quitting

The Question Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing? Quitting Yes. Very yes. Absolutely I quit. I didn’t think it was something I could do. I thought it was something that was in my past. There was a tale that I wasn’t creative and I believed it. I completely bought it. I thought that writing was something I wouldn’t be able to do anymore. That part of my life was…
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Writing Prompt: Social Greeting Rituals

One of my favorite non-writing blogs is Ask A Manager (if you have a day job and need advice it is the #1 through #10 spot to go, it is amazing). There was a post earlier this week about social signaling at work and the difference between “Hi, how are you?” “Fine, you?” “Fine.” in the hall while passing at work and someone seriously asking “How are you?” Alison (the eponymous manager) said: When the interaction is a quick one…
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S2.5 The Senior Guy Did Not Like Being Alone in the Office After Midnight

The Senior Guy Did Not Like Being Alone In The Office After Midnight by Mary Clemons   Mary has spent many years in the software industry watching a great deal of interesting things which are both good and bad.  After the last episode of undesirable activities in the workplace, she decided it was time to leave the office and put her fingers back to work documenting what she’s seen and experienced instead of writing down the steps to enter data…
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S1.41 String-Driven Thing

String-Driven Thing by Vaughan Stanger String-Driven Thing was originally published in Nature Futures. Formerly an astronomer and more recently a research project manager in the aerospace and defense industry, Vaughan Stanger now writes SF and fantasy fiction for a living. His stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, Postscripts, Nature Futures and Interzone, amongst other noted magazines and anthologies. Like most writers, he’s working on a novel—and has been for many years. He also loves cats, thus…
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Random Roundup

Mostly not of this earth, but a little of this earth. Just a normal random roundup. Also humans. Not of this Earth Planetary rings are incredibly beautiful. They may be the remnants of the destruction of dwarf planets. The rings are pieces of Dwarf Planets that got torn off in passing, which were then ripped to pieces! Juno – I don’t care how old this is – is out of safe mode and awesome. NASA is awesome. Humans managed to…
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Is it ok to like your own work?

I’m currently recording Dangerous Metal (which I hope to have out by the end of August!) and I’ve a few times run across lines that have genuinely made me smile and go, oh I really like this. Today’s: “You watch too many movies. I do more than drive recklessly and shoot blindly.” He was smiling, the tension easing. “I also do paperwork.” It isn’t entirely a light-hearted romp about paperwork. (Read not at all light-hearted.) I was going to write…
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Your Future…bumbumbum…

Over at Terribleminds Chuck Wendig issued a challenge. Write a flash fiction with words from his small child. Challenge accepted. I wrote about your future. (Or his, if his child turns out to be a super sarcastic partly alien living in a colony growing up in the J cohort. Seems unlikely, but not impossible.) I even made a quiz. (should be at the bottom of the page too) You can find out your own future. Now excuse me while I…
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