On Sunday 10 April 2022, I dropped a 10,000 word short story, WATCHTOWER, here. This is the link.
I was in the mood to try some pop-sci Andy Weir style good time writing, a mood that was responding to the preponderance of Sad Astronaut stories in tv and film. It has a jumpcut sort of structure, because I also was thinking about the idea of the condensed novel, in JG Ballard’s conception, and connecting that with a certain style of film editing – Christopher Rouse with Paul Greengrass on THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, for example. It kind of took a turn during the writing, which I personally ascribe to watching two seasons of Ed Stafford’s FIRST MAN OUT.
Anyway. I wrote it. And 10,000 words is worse than a novella. I don’t think Kindle Singles are a thing any more, and it had no other utility other than having amused me to write it and get it out of my system.
I dunno how I’d describe it. Indiana Holmes And The Case Of Elon Musk’s Rendezvous With Rama? It’s a bit of fun, but it’s also about human damage, exploration and colonising. It probably makes no sense at all. If you decide to read it, I hope it at least amuses you.