Bleak stories for a rainy Monday

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New stories are up on England’s Future History! If you would like a Halloween-warm up with some creepy and dystopian (and some nice) stories, you should head over there.
If you’ve never heard of EFH, it is a series of short stories, which map out what happens to England in the future. Writers have contributed their interlinking visions of England’s future through their short stories.

Just been reading them in chronological order and I’m enjoying how the timeline is shaping up. I really liked how Sky Castle by Lizzie Clark echoed some topics from Tom Leins’ Rat farm,  but I shall give no more details… Quite a few of the stories are linked together actually, and it will be fun to see what themes are picked up by the people writing the following stories. Exciting times ahead for England it seems 🙂

P.s. next deadline at the end of December, find guidelines on how to submit here!

So far…

 

Happy Writing!

‘Three and A Half Things’ at England’s Future History

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Someone wanted my story! Hurrah!
This winter I’ve attempted not one, but two, sci-fi short stories. Sci-fi has never been my genre, although I like reading it. It was the science part that hindered me as I didn’t feel I knew enough. (Still don’t.) Even though it is fiction and you are allowed to break the rules, the science and theories used must at least be logical and science, I thought, was way too complicated. (Perhaps I should say, I made it too complicated.) In the words of Miriam Allen de Ford:

“Science fiction deals with improbable possibilities, fantasy with plausible impossibilities.”

Then I stumbled upon England’s Future History — and I had to try and write something. The idea is to collect short stories online, which together will create the timeline of England’s future. Awesome concept. And they wanted my story! Even more awesome, for me, anyway.

They had their first deadline back in March and my story ‘Three and a half things‘ was picked, along with the work of 2 other writers: Aviva Treger and Tom Leins. There will be three more deadlines this year and next one is on the 30th of June so if this idea tickles your fancy and you have the seed for a story or a vision about England’s future, sit down immediately: write, read, edit, and send it in.

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Jag har aldrig tänkt mig att jag ska skriva science-fiction. Jag läser det gärna och sväljer alla filmer på området. Men att skriva sci-fi och göra det bra, det har känts alldeles för svårt. Sci-Fi handlar ofta om att ta osannolika möjligheter och skapa en berättelse (fantasy om att göra omöjligheter sannolika) och vilken värld man än skapar så måste det finna en inre logik och system.

Jag har aldrig satt mig in det vetenskapliga så när jag har provat skriva sci-fi har jag snabbt gett upp då det blivit alldeles för mycket research innan man kan komma igång. Men så snubblade jag över sidan England’s Future History och då de efterlyste korta berättelser kände jag att det var lika bra att prova. Och tur var väl det, för de ville ha min berättelse – hurra!

Tanken bakom deras sajt är att göra en samling online med korta noveller, 500-3000 ord långa, som alla handlar om hur England’s framtid kan se ut med fokus på det personliga planet, så mycket av det jag tyckte var krånglig med genren var inte nödvändigt att ha med. Jag chansade och skickade in en kort text om Candice i ‘Three and a Half things.

/Happy Monday!