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Tuesday Writing Prompt #6: It's about time

From: SkyeB.
Sent on: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 5:37 PM
I'm particularly cheery today, feel like something really special and rejuvenating happened. Hmmm...maybe something I ate? Hope? Anyway...I digress.
Our prompt today is compliments of Utility Frog Press. This isn't just some prompt, it is a prompt for work that could be PUBLISHED (if that's what you're into).  I double-dog you to write a story. If you write a story, I'll match ya. Then we can polish and send to UFP! Good times.
Sci-Fi Writing Prompt #6:  Time's Edge

Copied from Utility Frog Press' website:


Since the beginning of our history, humanity has wondered on the nature of time. Is it a fundamental aspect of reality, a human construct, discrete, continuous? Is time travel possible? Would we really want it to be?

The Time's Edge anthology brings together a collection of stories: humorous, dark, strange, all entertaining, to produce one volume that explores the nature of that which we wish we had more of during the good and less of during the bad. Story submissions must have an element of science fiction, fantasy or horror and must feature accidental or willful manipulation of time. Poetry must be of the same genre although the manipulation of time need not be featured (although time itself must feature somehow in the poem).

A few examples to get you off and running:

  • watch Time Bandits
  • "There's no doubt about it, time is a slippery substance," Garbain remarked woefully as he attempted to scoop the gelatinous goo from the floor.
  • The spatial consequences of time travel. ie: if you go back a thousand years, the Earth--indeed the entire solar system--is no longer where it was when you left.
  • two words: causality violations, otherwise know as the grandfather paradox--but surely you can come up with an original take on it.

Now let's read some of your original thoughts on time and time travel.

Submission Guidelines


Just a reminder of what we're doing here:
1. Write a story based on the prompt
2. If you want, password protect the story using your word editor software (ie MS Word)
3. Upload it to the sci-fi group's files page 
4. Email me the password
5. All who participated will get emailed the passwords on Sunday night.
6. Review and feedback begins
7. Another prompt on Tuesday
Make 2009 the year that you did.

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