The Administration of Disability Benefits in a Simulated Universe

1,400 words—SF/Humour—Published by Asymmetry—Jun 2019

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Please note that Digital Disability Allowance is only granted in cases of severe mental or physical impairment caused by glitches in the simulation of our world. You will be required to attend an assessment to determine the severity of your condition. Fraudulent applications may result in sanctions, including the loss of benefits.


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DEAR SIMULANTS

1,200 words—SF/Humour—Published by Asymmetry—Mar 2019

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Dear Simulants, we regret to inform you that owing to an unexpectedly severe cut in our data processing grant, we are discontinuing the simulation of your world…


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TOO MANY HISTORIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT

4,200 words—Science Fiction—Published by Deep Magic—Dec 2018

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It's a cold day in 1915, and the trenches are full of historians poking their noses into the soldiers' lives. A British lieutenant suspects there's something wrong with this but can't quite put his finger on it...


Photo uploaded to Flickr by  John Harwood

Photo uploaded to Flickr by John Harwood

THE COAL REMEMBERS WHAT IT WAS

3000 words—Fantasy—Published by Diabolical Plots—Nov 2018

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An elderly woman recalls her childhood: an absent father, a steadfast mother, the disaster that wrecked their mining village, and what happens when coal remembers it was once alive.


Childhood drawing by  Mac Tonnies . Uploaded to Flickr by  Julio Garciah

Childhood drawing by Mac Tonnies. Uploaded to Flickr by Julio Garciah

SO SORRY YOU'RE GOING EXTINCT!

500 words—Science Fiction—Runner-up in the Escape Pod flash fiction contest—Aug 2018

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An alien child writes a letter to the last surviving human being, following a school visit to the zoo in which he lives…


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Image by MajklPussyK at DeviantArt

THE BREAKDOWN OF THE PARASITE/HOST RELATIONSHIP

4,500 words—SF/Humour—Published in the Unidentified Funny Objects 6 anthology—Sep 2017

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Reprinted in the Star Ship Sofa podcast—Aug 2018

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An overly fastidious human is playing host to an alien fungus with poor personal hygiene, on a starship bound for the edge of the galaxy on a scientific mission. When the pair of them fall out, the captain finds themself with a serious problem...


Image by Edon Gerasiu at  DeviantArt

Image by Edon Gerasiu at DeviantArt

AN UNDIPLOMATIC INCIDENT

4,500 wordsSF/Humour—Published by Perihelion SF—Dec 2016

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Humanity's first test in interstellar diplomacy: figuring out what the aliens with the fronds of eyes are trying to say before someone gets eaten...


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CUSTOMER SERVICE HOBGOBLIN

4,500 words—Fantasy/Humour—Published in the Unidentified Funny Objects 5 anthology—Sep 2016

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Podcast by Far Fetched Fables—Nov 2017

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Robin Goodfellow, the trickster spirit of A Midsummer Night's Dream, has been reduced to working in the call centre that answers prayers (or more usually, doesn't). His antics are going to get him fired one of these days, but he still has a few tricks up his sleeve...


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THE INEVITABLE APOCALYPTIC CONSEQUENCE OF TIME TRAVEL

18,500 words—Science Fiction—Self-Published—Feb 2015

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Time travel is discovered--not once, but four times in human history. Every time, it becomes a weapon of war: to spy on the enemy, sabotage their plans, or assassinate their leaders. And every time, the war escalates beyond control...


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Image by George Grie via Wikimedia Commons

EDMOND HALLEY: MOONHUNTER

500 words—Fantasy—Winner in monthly flash contest at The Cult of Me blog—Jan 2015

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Halley's expedition to map the magnetic field of the southern ocean is interrupted by a terrifying attack.


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THE LAST TOUR OF KELWORT CASTLE

19,500 words—Science Fiction—Self-Published—Jan 2015

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A group of tourists taking a tour round a mediaeval castle don't know that a nuclear war is about to obliterate their world, or that they will be the nucleus of a post-apocalyptic society centred on the castle. But hundreds of years later, archaeologists from another universe have pieced together their story from the traces they left behind, and prepared a virtual experience to raise awareness of the risks of apocalypse.


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HARRY WEISS MEETS THE DEVIL

500 words—Historical—Runner-up in monthly flash contest at The Cult of Me blog—Jun 2013

June 2013

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A young immigrant is spellbound by a poster.


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MOMENT OF EXTINCTION

4,000 words—Science Fiction—Self-Published—Oct 2012 

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The last survivors of a doomed world have been rescued and taken to safety in another universe, but they’re still dying out. All their rescuers can do is take them to see the ocean one last time and try to persuade them to let their last child survive.