55 Word Science Fiction

Part of my ongoing series.

When I was growing up in New York City, I often saw people from the future. They talked to themselves and we whispered “Crazy” and “It’s too bad” and sometimes gave them a quarter. Now it’s the future and I know they are talking to their agent on the Bluetooth. I want my quarters back.

I would really love to see more of this micro-fiction stuff. If you post a story, let me know! It doesn’t have to be 55 words, of course. You could do 100 or even more, but it is my personal opinion that the fewer words you have to work with the more you can challenge yourself to make them count.

11 thoughts on “55 Word Science Fiction

  1. Amy

    September 19, 2008 at 7:44pm


  2. nova

    September 20, 2008 at 6:44am

    55 words? Get me near a page and I can’t shut up! Either that or I can’t think of a single word and I stare at the blank white space and start sobbing. 55 words is either way too little–

    omigod comment interrupted i am in a cafe and there is a HUGE COCKROACH ON THE FLOOR RIGHT NEAR ME and I have to go oh crap (how many words was that?)

    nova’s last blog post..Contemplating Time Travel, as Usual

  3. yojo

    September 20, 2008 at 6:42pm

    Brilliant! I wrote flash (and some micro flash) for about a year and I fully credit it with allowing me to move out of poetry and into prose. Not that much of my flash wasn’t simply my poetry with a different set of line-structure and punctuation…

    crap. i ruin everything.

    yojo’s last blog post..Slow Numbers

  4. Adam Dorsey

    September 9, 2009 at 6:44pm

    Dig it. I wrote a final scene into my last screenplay about bluetooth and being crazy, thought I was brilliant and original, and then House M.D. did it this season. And then you did it in 55 words. Bravo.

  5. Annika

    September 10, 2009 at 9:32am

    And since this post is a year old, it is obvious that House M.D. ripped me off.

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