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fiveyearwinter
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« on: February 07, 2007, 10:28:31 AM »

(Inspired by Wired, I thought this might be fun. I didn't check to see if you'd done this already, so forgive me if it has.)

Basically, write a short story in six words or less. Bonus points to sci-fi or horror stories!

Here's a few of mine:

"Apocalypse in a bit. Cake now!"

"Spaceship lands! First contact! ....humans inside?"

"Somewhere flowed the Fountain of Youth."

"It's all over. World in flames."

"Crabs invade Maine. Red Lobster thrilled."

"His macaroni eyed him with suspicion."



Share some of your own!
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2007, 11:57:21 AM »

"We shall be gods!"

"...Then what?"
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fiveyearwinter
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2007, 12:32:35 PM »

"Her eyes opened. They were red."
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Thaurismunths
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2007, 12:34:39 PM »

"'Format C:' That'll teach her..."

Hat; blown off with his head.

Tick...tick...tick...*snip*
"Oops!"
BOOM!!

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fiveyearwinter
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2007, 12:36:10 PM »

...unsure, he pressed the button.

*Poof!*
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2007, 02:35:46 PM »

Two for the Lovecraft fans...

"The tentacles pulled him under water."

"My eldritch dreamscape became real."
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fiveyearwinter
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2007, 02:48:02 PM »

"Bus stops in R'lyeh are dangerous."

"Cthluhu loves his morning sudoku."

"Shub Niggurath chewed the cultist thoughtfully."

"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2007, 05:35:56 PM »

"Their lips touched, knowing it was over."

"One last gasp, and then peace."

"Click.  Next time, remember to reload."

"They couldn't hit Texas at this dist-"
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2007, 06:38:55 PM »

Thankfully, his arm was under warranty,


Memory wiped, she started her day.


His suitcase, disappointed, ordered them breakfast.
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2007, 09:01:06 PM »

"Mithril, sure, but not adamantium again!"

"I want humans for my birthday!"

"Warning: DON'T feed the hands."
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fiveyearwinter
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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2007, 09:52:44 PM »

He considered his alternatives, then jumped.

She uttered mysteries, making him tremble.

There's no way she could speak.

How many times would he die?

Han didn't shoot first. Wuher did. (TEH OMGS FANFIC!)

Seventeen eyeballs later, he could see.

Spirits drifted along, their moans unheard.

The Glorious Republic of New Australia.

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« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2007, 08:27:07 AM »

He saw the knife, then black.

There she was, but wasn't.

At least he kept his head.
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fiveyearwinter
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« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2007, 08:33:39 AM »

"To speak with God, press four..."

He downloaded the information from her.

Amazing, the things they did together.




P.S. - Steve (or anyone): Wasn't there a six-word story in the Cyberiad? Lofty, Noble, about haircut, beginning all with the letter 'S'?
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« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2007, 11:26:35 AM »

Not exactly six-word story, but a six-line poem actually.

"Have it compose a poem. A poem about a haircut, but lofty, noble, tragic, timeless, full of love,  treachery, retribution, and quiet heroism in the face of certain doom. Six lines, cleverly rhymed, and every word beginning with the letter 'S'."

I forgot in which episode Steve actually recited the poem.
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SFEley
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« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2007, 11:33:52 AM »

"Have it compose a poem. A poem about a haircut, but lofty, noble, tragic, timeless, full of love,  treachery, retribution, and quiet heroism in the face of certain doom. Six lines, cleverly rhymed, and every word beginning with the letter 'S'."

And the poem:

Seduced, shaggy Samson snored.
She scissored short. Sorely shorn,
Soon shackled slave, Samson sighed,
Silently scheming,
Sightlessly seeking
Some savage, spectacular suicide.



I believe Michael Kandel, the translator, should properly be credited with this poem rather than Stanislaw Lem.  I've read more about it, and while this is certainly true to the spirit of the original Polish version, the exact challenge (and the resulting poem) was of course somewhat different in Polish.
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Thaurismunths
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« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2007, 12:10:24 PM »

"Throw the rope... NOT BOTH ENDS!"

Fish takes bait, pole, and fisherman.

Dali paints, mumbling "Great Cthulhu sleeps..."


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« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2007, 12:35:51 PM »

Clever translation impressed the hell out of me.

Sort of like the guy who translated "a void" from French to English, KEEPING the lack of the letter 'e.'
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« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2007, 01:50:59 PM »

"What's this button for?", he asked

The last man on earth... died

And God said "Nah, screw it"

Hal opened the pod bay doors

"Soylent Green is people!"   "So what?"

Cthulhu arose. Then he fell over.

A lack of attention span is...

This author always finishes what he...

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« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2007, 09:40:21 PM »

I can't believe no on has posted the obvious.

"Escape Pod holds contest. Everyone enters!"





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« Reply #19 on: February 09, 2007, 03:21:15 AM »

Heart broken, he solar flare surfed.

00:02, 00:01, 00:01, 'Sigh', 00:00, Boom.
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