NetFinds: SF in Six Words

A nice little find this evening… back in November 2006, Wired Magazine published the results of an appeal for some very short SF stories – six word stories to be precise.

The challenge to sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games was inspired by Ernest Hemingway, who once wrote a story in just six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”). He is said to have called it his best work.

Dozens of writers put their words to paper and while Arthur C. Clarke refused to trim his (“God said, ‘Cancel Program GENESIS.’ The universe ceased to exist.”), the the rest obliged with some concise masterpieces, including Alan Moore (“Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time”), William Shatner (“Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket.”), Frank Miller (“With bloody hands, I say good-bye.”), Charles Stross (“Osama’s time machine: President Gore concerned.”) and Orson Scott Card (“The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.”).

(Netfind courtesy of Michael Norwitz: “”Human infertility? Gengineering! Results tasty, too.”)

Read all the six word stories here on the Wired site.. and perhaps post your own here…


The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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