0002

  From the Subtle Sci-fi archive… Source: 0002 Premise: Emotions and intentions are physically manifested. The black rubber curtains pulled back – luminous Perspex floor lit by ultra violet light – lava walls boiling bright yellow eggs of wax into mobile tears gliding through blue oil. A single performer picked out by crystal light. The…

The world is an organism, language is blood

Subtle Sci-fi 0005 Premise: Everyone gets to coin a word. Eyeleap /ʌɪliːp/ seeing something as if seeing it through the fingers It used to be the case that when you reached 60 years of age you could submit your word to the national register. For a previous generation there was a sense of ceremony about…

Preview: Subtle Sci-fi 0005

Productivity is the capacity to express and understand a potentially infinite number of utterances, made by combining sentence elements in new ways … Similarly, there is no limit to the number of words in a language; new words are being invented everyday. David Crystal – How Language Works. The fifth and  final* story in the…

Blog as Sketchbook

The next Subtle Sci-fi story will be out soon. In the meantime you may want to catch up with the following: For posts relating to the development of the  next Subtle Sci-fi story, 0005: Help, I’m writing a wedding farce! The wonderful Emma Harrison Initial ideas for 0005 To read finished stories in the series…

Why I value the principle of Science Fiction

I was going to entitle this post, ‘In defence of the principles of Science Fiction’. But that seemed too formal, pompous. I don’t have the resources to substantiate such a ‘classical’ academic kind of post (and I’m not sure I’d want to). When it comes to reading the best of Sci-fi I know I’ve got…

My blimp head

I held Rosie’s hand really tight so we could cross the road safely. When we reached the other side I realised that her arm had come off and there was a trail of blood leading back to a gushing arm hole. It was then I saw my face like it had been photo-shopped or something….

Help, I’m writing a wedding farce!

I like setting myself rules when I write to prevent myself from being conventional. I like to be surprised, challenged, cross genres, get lost in a complex web of interlocking meanings and then dig my way out or just lie there exhausted. One of my most frequent games is Subtle Sci-fi where I write a…

Getting more sutble sci-fi for your time…

This modest post is directed to the bloggers out there looking for short, creative  fiction. Subtle Sci-fi is a game I’ve been playing to challenge my imagination and explore a range of ideas. Each story begins with a premise that affects or limits the story world… and goes from there.  I’ve now revamped the Subtle…

Pure h-e-double-l

Subtle Sci-fi 0005 Premise: Every divorce is celebrated like a wedding. PART 1 of 2 “A fox snuffles around a back alley lit by – you know, a mysterious blue light – and stops by the back of a string of shops. She knows which of the shops tend to throw food out (so wasteful)…

Stories of endless possibilities

Create a premise that limits or dictates an aspect of a story world (“People have two faces; Cutlery does not exist”) and you’ve got what I’ve been calling Subtle Sci-fi. The fifth of these short stories – released over the next week – is going to be the last for a wee while. So, I…

The wonderful Emma Harrison and an annoymous man (0005y)

Emma Harrison, a character in an upcoming short story, speaks to the the author about who she is, her likes and dislikes, and how it feels to be written in to existence by a man. … The Author (A): Thanks for joining me Emma. I wanted to take the opportunity to get to know you…

Work in Progress: Subtle Sci Fi 0005x

Premise: Divorce is celebrated in the same way as marriage. Initial notes: “Insensitive, moronic, fucking, mindless, bastards”, intoned Emma in disbelief over the noise, unable to take her infuriated stare away from the re-batchelor’s lads table. The insensitive, moronic, fucking, mindless, bastards were all standing, swaying in time to a chant they Emma thought they…