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Author Topic: EP Flash Fiction Contest Winner: Mission to Dover  (Read 13976 times)

Russell Nash

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on: November 27, 2008, 07:27:46 AM
EP Flash Fiction Contest Winner: Mission to Dover

By Gideon Fostick.
Read by Lyle Merithew.

Escape Pod sends its congratulations to Gideon Fostick for winning first place in the Escape Pod flash fiction contest for stories under 300 words.

Professor Seiferd materialized in full command of his faculties. He oriented immediately on the white cliffs of Dover, towering over the English Channel. He felt the weight of his mission: he must answer the question that was vital to the Fatherland.

Rated G. Contains Nazis.


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Original Contest thread on Mission to Dover
« Last Edit: November 27, 2008, 07:28:45 PM by Heradel »



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Reply #1 on: November 27, 2008, 09:23:13 AM
nice :)

any one else read "nostrodarmus ate my hampster" ?

its anuther fine take on time travling natzis

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Reply #2 on: November 27, 2008, 06:12:12 PM
^
No, but I might.

I liked the story as well. Certainly explained how the Germans seemed so darn sure, and I liked the "twist" as it could be called. On the whole, a nice light snack!



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Reply #3 on: November 28, 2008, 03:08:58 AM
man, it was cool to hear the flash intro music again.



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Reply #4 on: November 28, 2008, 05:50:04 AM
good story very interesting concept

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Reply #5 on: November 28, 2008, 07:20:42 PM
Nice



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Reply #6 on: November 29, 2008, 09:28:50 PM
First off, thanks to Rachel & Co. for doing this!!  (I'd thank the sound person by name, but I can't find it.)

Cool story!! "Time travel with a twist of irony, please..."

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Reply #7 on: December 01, 2008, 02:14:34 PM
The reading was too flat, but it was a good story.

And Raving_Lunatic: The Germans were so sure it was going to be Calais because of a massive misinformation campaign that involved things like building a fake fleet at Dover. Plus, of course, it would have been far easier to cross the Channel at Calais...

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Reply #8 on: December 01, 2008, 04:41:55 PM
I know all about the disinformation campaign, but even after having read the details I was surprised that although Rommel (in charge of the Western Front) reported his concerns and yet was ignored. This would explain why Hitler didn't listen to his subordinates.



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Reply #9 on: December 02, 2008, 02:53:03 AM
like the story, not so much a fan of the reading, coulda been better :(

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #10 on: December 02, 2008, 06:36:22 AM
This story... I'm afraid you can add me, too, as not being a big fan of the reading.  It wasn't BAD, it just didn't really grab my attention enough.

I didn't get the story at first - the reason for "Calais", but now that I understand the D-Day misdirection from the wartime era, the whole story becomes significantly more amusing.  I didn't read the contest entries - that all happened a bit before I started coming to the forums - so I'm really glad that this made it to the podcast, either way.

I think I'll share this story with my father once I'm home, though; I'm betting he'll get a kick out of it.

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Reply #11 on: December 02, 2008, 08:34:40 AM
*Puts my nitpicking hat on*

This story makes no sense at all. Were the Nazis expecting to lose the war? Why not send their time traveller ten years to the future of Berlin? Assuming they win (which they would assume), the time traveller would probably be greeted by his future self with a dossier including all the information needed to win the war. If they lose, well, it would probably be at least as easy to find someone who can explain why, as it would by travelling to what to him is an enemy country. The only way his plan makes sense is if he is already assuming that future England is still free, and presumes that older German gentlemen would not be out of place in Dover, while at the same time underestimating the lingering hostility.

*nitpicking hat off*

Ok, ok, so it's a fun little historical twist, even if the basic premise is ludicrous. And it brings to mind one of the quotes cited in this week's Podcastle outro - the person from the board who brings up that in times of war, racism is a defense strategy. I guess the moral is - we should never give up our old resentments, as yesterday's enemy may be today's time-traveller.

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Reply #12 on: December 02, 2008, 02:36:10 PM
we should never give up our old resentments, as yesterday's enemy may be today's time-traveller.
oh that's a great moral.

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Reply #13 on: December 02, 2008, 03:00:32 PM
Oh very good indeed.  Nothing like Pulp 1940's time travel with a hilarious twist to make the day better. 

I suppose the time travel stuff is built on a slightly shaky premise, but honestly time travel is one of those devices that I tend to label "try not to think about it too much", if only because it, conceptually, is so full of paradox and so screws with a perception of causality that I imagine it'd be really tricky to tell a story without breaking some of the rules.





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Reply #14 on: December 02, 2008, 04:28:53 PM
Maybe he went to Dover because he thought it would be conquered by the Germans in the future?  Maybe? 

Okay, maybe not.


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Reply #15 on: December 02, 2008, 05:29:56 PM
I know all about the disinformation campaign, but even after having read the details I was surprised that although Rommel (in charge of the Western Front) reported his concerns and yet was ignored. This would explain why Hitler didn't listen to his subordinates.
You mean the way he listened to them when they said that invading Moscow in winter was a bad idea; or that Stalingrad would turn into a meat grinder, costing far more lives than it was worth; or that there might just be something to the "Jew science" of radioactivity?

Yeah, it's a conundrum, all right.

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Reply #16 on: December 07, 2008, 01:29:59 AM
Thanks for putting your nitpicking hat on, eytanz, so I didn't have to. I think I'm the only one who followed the contest that didn't love this one. Not a bad little story with a neat twist at the end - just not one of my favorites.



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Reply #17 on: December 07, 2008, 11:57:33 AM
I just never got into this one.  Not in the contest and not here.



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Reply #18 on: December 07, 2008, 01:59:28 PM
I didn't read the contest entries - that all happened a bit before I started coming to the forums - so I'm really glad that this made it to the podcast, either way.

BTW, you still can if you want to: http://forum.escapeartists.net/index.php?board=28.0

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Reply #19 on: December 07, 2008, 02:19:26 PM
I didn't read the contest entries - that all happened a bit before I started coming to the forums - so I'm really glad that this made it to the podcast, either way.

BTW, you still can if you want to: http://forum.escapeartists.net/index.php?board=28.0

Which was in the original post. I'm so glad to see that everyone reads my posts.