Welcome to Micro Bookends 1.04. As it’s Halloween tomorrow, let’s have something a bit scary.
Imagine you return home from a busy day at work. You put on the radio to listen to some relaxing music or catch up on the day’s news only to hear this:
Ladies and gentlemen, I have a grave announcement to make. Incredible as it may seem, both the observations of science and the evidence of our eyes lead to the inescapable assumption that those strange beings who landed in the Jersey farmlands tonight are the vanguard of an invading army from the planet Mars. The battle which took place tonight at Grovers Mill has ended in one of the most startling defeats ever suffered by any army in modern times; seven thousand men armed with rifles and machine guns pitted against a single fighting machine of the invaders from Mars.
That’s what greeted those who tuned in to the 1938 radio dramatization of HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds. The widespread panic among the American public reported by the press was greatly exaggerated, however, the repercussions were wide-reaching. Adolf Hitler, less than a year away from ordering the invasion of Poland that would start World War II, said the broadcast was “evidence of the decadence and corrupt condition of democracy.”
Let’s celebrate Halloween, science fiction, and democracy with this week’s photo prompt:
Judging this week’s contest is Geoff Holme, winner of MB1.03. Read his winning story here, and what he has to say about flash fiction here. Geoff is a stickler for punctuation so proofread extra carefully this week. Have fun!
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with EARTH and ending with COLONY and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not? Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!