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Week 6 Lab Microfiction: The Astronaut and the Bombs

6 Word Story:
"Where's my tether?" said the astronaut.
Drifting Away...

25 Word Story:
When he left the city, he wasn't the same man anymore. Actually...nobody still alive was the same anymore. Atomic radiation can change a person. 
After the Apocalypse

Author's Note:
Wow, six-word stories are hard. I looked up some examples and was blown away by the creativity that people displayed in their six-word versions. However, I actually think that reading some examples made it harder to come up with a novel idea. Also, given the themes of my last microfiction, I really wanted to avoid anything depressing sounding. Which, unfortunately, is what many microfictions center around. If I had to give some inspiration for this story, I guess I'd credit the movie Gravity just for the whole drifting away in space idea. The 25-word story was a little more fun and easy to write given the latitude I had. I wanted to try and build the story backward, suggesting an ending and then letting the reader imagine the events leading up to it. The Fallout series would be a good source of inspiration for this story. Let me know what you thought of these short stories!

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  1. Hi Rhys! I loved both of your short stories! They are both perfectly written and surprising. I especially liked the one about radiation, I did not expect the story to be about a nuclear apocalypse, but it makes total sense. I did some microfiction myself and honestly it is incredibly hard, so congrats on making it work!


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