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SHORT STORIES

Here is a small selection of my short stories, in rough and controversial rank order of author-perceived quality.

Dawn

An entirely plausible, incredibly practical, and monumentally prescient ‘What If?’ scenario.

Only Once

Simply put, this is the tale of the man who does things only once.  But you can read it as many times as you like.  Published in Chemical Imbalances, 2011

Two Together

Skeleton of a play to be performed at e.g. The National, centred around the use, misuse and romantic implications of the Two Together Railcard. Versions of the play were performed and used in a course for directors at Streatham Theatre in 2017.

The Optometrist’s Door

A man goes for a routine eye test. And everything goes completely normally…

Love Thy Neighbour

A short, sad story with two happy endings.  It centres on a romance which developed in 2092 around the back of The Museum of Pre-Extinct Primitive Morality.

Empire

Imogen is in the coveted lead position in ‘Empire’, an always-on strategy game that she and her friends have been playing obsessively for almost 3 years. But who of her friends should she be afraid of?  What lengths will they go to in order to win the game?

The Repairman’s Son

This 5 page story took me about 3 years to write. At this rate, it would’ve taken me 2.5 millennia to write ‘In Search of Lost Time’.

Émigré

A world where you can scribble your own passport (but you’ve got to face the consequences).  More Pol-Fi than Sci-Fi.

Every Dog’s Bark Plays a Melody

Lit-Sci-Fi with a focus on armpits.

Lights out at the Borgesian Orgy

These days you have to write sexual keywords into the titles of short stories, else lose the bitter war of search engine optimisation.

The Tale of Moke Greenerby

A story about a storyteller whose stories were exactly the same as the stories of another storyteller. Featuring Woody Allen.

We Don’t Know Why

My modest attempt at solving the human condition.

Existence Melts

No, this is not a type of sandwich. This is a dalliance in metaphysical mischief. You are encouraged to: Eat more! Sex more! Exist more!  First published in Nottingham University’s The Jabberwocky.

Nam Backwards

Nam Backwards was a backwards man. This is not to say that he went about things in a clumsy or plebeian manner, but that he literally went backwards. In time.

Where’s the Readme?

A 283 word long creation myth featuring aliens, robots, David Hume, a foreign professor, and casual reference to binary code.

The Delicious Taste of Your Own Mouth

My first published short story (Reading University’s The Spark), and probably as experimental as I’d get. Wanking is a theme.

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  1. January 26, 2011 10:25 pm

    Lots of these remind me of Cosmicomics, by Calvino. Main character Qfwfq is a dude. Similar mythologisation of contemporary science.

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