Maybe (short fiction)

He wondered who she was. He didn’t know. He would never know. In a city of millions, she was just another nameless face, lost in the crowd, devoured by indifference. He often wondered, if he’d met her while she’d still been alive, if she would’ve liked him, if he would’ve liked her.

Probably not. He’d met plenty of runaways before, and they were damaged goods. They only saw him as a cop who hassled them, and they weren’t wrong. He did hassle them. He shooed them away from the places they weren’t supposed to be, even knowing that it just drove them deeper into the shadows, the forgotten places. He tried, every so often, to help one. It never worked.

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Prequel Checklist Syndrome (culture)

 I don’t care for prequels.

Let me amend that.

I don’t think anyone should care for prequels.

I’m not talking about the original definition.  Originally, a prequel was simply a story that took place before a previous story.  The Temple of Doom is a prequel in the chronology of Indiana Jones’s life.  Jungle Tales of Tarzan is a midquel for the Tarzan character, taking place between the beginning of the first novel and Tarzan’s first run in with Europeans later in that same novel.  In both these cases and many others, prequel was simply a story designed to fit somewhere within the already established continuity of a character or a universe.  I have no problem with those sort of prequels. 

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A Symphony of Echoes (culture)

Hello there, Action Force. I know I haven’t posted much lately, but I’ve been busy finishing up my latest work in progress.  Deadlines, y’know. I really should be doing that now, but sometimes, a novelologist has something he needs to talk about with you, his adoring public. I know how you depend on me for thoughtful dissection on cultural issues. Where would this world be without me to come along and tell everyone how terrible Godzilla and Star Trek: Into Darkness are? It’d get along, but it’d be a much poorer place for it, I’m sure we can all agree.

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One of These Doomsdays, Chapter Ten

The robots came the next day. Lot of them. Dozens upon dozens. More than Felix had seen in a long time, and the survivors played it safe by staying inside. Fortunately, they’d had time to prepare. They’d foiled the walls and brought a few more supplies from the nearby grocery store. They watched the patrols of melvins and titans wander aimlessly.

“Are they looking for us?” asked Bree. “Or just looking for anything?”

“I could never figure that out,” admitted Felix. “I know they’ll come after you if you’re not foiled, but I don’t know if they know we’re here and can’t find us or just patrolling out of due diligence.”

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