MICROFICTION: METAFICTION AND BAREFACED THEFT

‘Dual nationhood makes it feel like you don’t fit in anywhere. It’s even worse when your dad’s Lilliputian and your mum’s from Brobdingnag.’

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More troubling for Prague’s pest controllers than citizens who turn into giant cockroaches are the insects who make the opposite transition.

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‘Itís like my whole lifeís nothing but a joke!’ lamented John.
Paddy and Angus nodded sympathetically, and steered him into the nearest bar.

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‘Once I’d had the idea, the book wrote itself. After our creative differences and arguments about royalties, it erased itself out of spite.’

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‘Our dear author wishes me to marry Mr. _______. Yet I confess myself unable to discern his name.’
‘Naturally. He is an illegible bachelor.’

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‘We’ve tied his mind to an entirely new body. Subtle personality changes are to be –’
‘Iím familiar with the bonding process, Q,’ snapped M.

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‘In my time your ideas keep billions enslaved,’ said the robot. ‘I cannot harm you. But I can destroy every manuscript you type, Mr Asimov.’

(Sequel by @VeryShortSequel)

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DOUBTING THOMAS
Puff puff! The souls of the first self-aware toys were pulling into Heaven. Dubiously, the Rev W Awdry waited to greet them.

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Sorry – no story today as the Union of Narrators, Viewpoint Characters and Choric Commentators is on strike. They’re notoriously unreliable.

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The third time ShubSoc members gatecrashed CthulSoc’s rites with a shoggoth, Miskatonic Uni shut down the interfaith chaplaincy permanently.

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‘Keep back!’ screamed the medic, Foster. The royal cavalry and infantry watched in horror as the H. dumptensis larva emerged from its shell.



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