Tell Us Another One
Gary Inbinder proposes a challenge based on Mary B. McArdle’s “Downburst”: Write a story that ends “But Daddy, we missed the fireworks.”
In Beth Scott’s “Changeling,” evil little David steals his natural development from others. Does David seem to have a pattern in his choice of victims? At the end he is still only five years old. Write a sequel to the story about David’s career when he’s a high-school student, or age 25 or later.
Bill Bowler’s “Heart Too Hard” has a sad ending. Can you write a sequel in which little Hanako’s parents come to see the error of their ways?
Luke Jackson’s “Infocommunicado” :
- Is the story allegorical?
- What is the double meaning in the computer’s final response?
- Can you write a flash fiction story in which the player outwits the game that won’t let him quit?
Suppose the junk-food loving parasite in E. S. Strout’s “Inside Job” is countered by a nanotech “silver bullet” or “smart bomb”: what conversation might ensue when the two sentient micro-beings meet?
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