Wired magazine asked 33 well-known writers to write a six word story:
“We’ll be brief: Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) and is said to have called it his best work. So we asked sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games to take a shot themselves.”
Here are some of my favorites:
- Machine. Unexpectedly, Iâ€™d invented a time – Alan Moore
- Longed for him. Got him. Shit. – Margaret Atwood
- It cost too much, staying human. – Bruce Sterling
- The babyâ€™s blood type? Human, mostly. – Orson Scott Card
- Tick tock tick tock tick tick. – Neal Stephenson
- New genes demand expression — third eye. – Greg Bear
- Bush told the truth. Hell froze. – William Gibson
- Sum of all fears: AND patented. – Charles Stross
- Time traveler’s thought: “What’s the password?” – Steven Meretzky
- Dorothy: “Fuck it, I’ll stay here.” – Steven Meretzky
Five artists used these six-word stories and turned them into art.
The six-word story is not a new concept, but it’s been a long time since it was done. They’re almost a shortened form of haiku. Here are some of my own:
- Black cat, evil eyes, sweet talk.
- Dappled sunlight, field flowers — red puddle
- Knight, Dragon, a kill. No Damsel.
- My favorite jam; my body, dead.
Can you generate your own? If you do, send them to me at telecarb(at)hotmail(dot)com (add the @ and . in the email address), and I’ll post them on my blog.