Week 1, Story 29 – @Wobbington & @jamesk

We’ve had some dark comedies so far in #SFSwap, and this one is properly pitch-black. The prompt from @jamesk was powerful in itself, and @wobbington made it all the more so for tackling it directly. There’s no last-minute twist here – the reality of...

Week 1, Story 26 – @problemsdog & @mattround

WOOooOOOOooOOOOO! RULES STALIN wishes to offer you a FRIGHTENING HALLOWEEN TREAT involving SENTIENT DOORS! The story below is a perfect example of a prompt being assigned to exactly the person for the job – the prompt from @mattround was delightfully whimsical...

Week 1, Story 23 – @thebrainofchris & anonymous

  EGGS.   STORY NUMBER: 23 PROMPT PROVIDER: anonymous AUTHOR: @thebrainofchris TITLE: Perfectly Natural Considering how much time we spend in school being told about puberty, it’s amazing all the details they leave out. They’re dead quick to tell you about your...

Week 1, Story 21 – @ka_bradley & @howliet

With some touches of intrasolar social friction that reminded me of James S. A. Corey, a richly villainous narrative voice, and a moth skin suit, here’s a splendid story by @ka_bradley that turns @howliet’s gadgetry prompt into a playful – and...

Week 1, Story 20 – @james__clayton & @_TK_O

This story, written by @james__clayton on a prompt from @_TK_O, does exactly what it says on the tin. And despite being one of the most straightforward, easily readable, and lighthearted stories in the collection, it manages a concise and clever piece of satire to...

Week 1, Story 16 – @allwrongthink & @mikeisbrill

This prompt by @mikebrill was beautifully brutal (brutiful?) in its simplicity, and I knew it was going to lead to something fun. It could not have fallen into better hands than @allwrongthink. The story that follows is deliciously overloaded on a conceptual level, in...