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Friday, December 15, 2006

WIRED for Extremely Short Stories

Hemingway famously wrote a short story in six words:

"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Beautiful, eh? Inspired by this, the folks at WIRED asked popular authors of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, to write their own six-word stories, which also made fun of themselves. They were printed in the November 2006 issue. I thought these were the best:

Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.
— Joss Whedon

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
— Margaret Atwood

I’m dead. I’ve missed you. Kiss...?
— Neil Gaiman

The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.
— Orson Scott Card

Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket.
— William Shatner

Leia: "Baby's yours." Luke: "Bad news…"
— Steven Meretzky

Don’t marry her. Buy a house.
— Stephen R. Donaldson

Heaven falls. Details at eleven.
— Robert Jordan

Bush told the truth. Hell froze.
— William Gibson

To read all the "stories", visit

*Throws Down Gauntlet* Give me yours!


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Blogger Anniina said...

Blogger Beta is still giving Szélső Fa Grief. Here is her 6-letter story, which she emailed me.

Compose. Revise. Rewrite. Delete. Give up.
—Szélső Fa

December 16, 2006 5:23 AM  
Blogger Anniina said...

SF~ That's brilliant :)

December 16, 2006 5:25 AM  
Blogger Anniina said...

Here's my entry:

Four paws, big nose—unconditional love.

December 18, 2006 12:06 PM  
Blogger madelineanne said...

Here are a couple I came up with...

Work. Bitch. Sleep. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

God to Mankind “What the fuck?”

December 19, 2006 11:12 AM  
Blogger Anniina said...

ROFL! Awesome, Madeline!

December 19, 2006 3:33 PM  

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