Very Short Stories

Posted on December 20, 2007 

Very Short Stories

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.

Dozens of our favorite auteurs put their words to paper, and five master graphic designers took them to the drawing board. Sure, Arthur C. Clarke refused to trim his (“God said, ‘Cancel Program GENESIS.’ The universe ceased to exist.”), but the rest are concise masterpieces.

Failed SAT. Lost scholarship. Invented rocket.
– William Shatner

Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.
– Joss Whedon

Automobile warranty expires. So does engine.
– Stan Lee

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
– Margaret Atwood

To save humankind he died again.
– Ben Bova


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