Monday, October 20, 2014

"Man Overboard" is Now Free

I finally was able to get my first permanently free story on Amazon. "Man Overboard" is a short story about an interstellar fisherman whose son gets lost in another dimension. You can get it at three major ebookstores; AmazonKobo, and Smashwords. Hopefully, I'll have more stories for free soon.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

100-Word Sci-Fi: "In the Corner"

This week's story was inspired by the random word "shadows."

In the Corner
by Nigel G. Mitchell

Talia Omar patted her daughter's hand. "I'm telling you, there are no monsters."

Hillary huddled deeper under the blankets. "But I saw it. There in the corner."

Talia pointed to the corner of the bedroom. "Do you see it there now?"

"No, but it was there. In the dark."

Talia stood up. "I'm going to turn off the lights, okay? I'll be right here." She switched off the lights. "I'm still here. Now do you see the monster in the corner?"

Hillary's wide eyes showed in the darkness. "No."

"See?"

"Because it's right behind you."

Talia turned around and screamed.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The First Draft of "Couch Potato Returns" is Done

Way back in the nineties, I came up with an idea for a superhero parody called The Adventures of Couch Potato. Centered around an overweight and lazy superhero, I decided on three stories for the initial book, but came up with dozens more. I finished the first book, and it ended with (to me) an easy transition into another story. The original book ended with Couch Potato ticking off the most powerful superhero in the world. How would his rival get revenge? So I started writing the sequel, Couch Potato Returns. At the same time, I started shopping around the first book.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

100-Word Sci-Fi: "Pen Envy"

Every week, I write a hundred-word story inspired by a random word. This week's word is "nib."

Stipula fountain pen
Source: Wikimedia
Pen Envy
by Nigel G. Mitchell

Abraham Fontana held up a silver pen between two fingers. "This is the Ordello Nimbus, the world's finest pen. It writes in all conditions, including upside-down."

Hamilton Storm chuckled as he held up a gold pen. "The Caviera Grande is also capable of writing upside-down."

"The Nimbus writes underwater."

"Well, the Caviera writes on oxygen molecules." Hamilton swept his pen through the air, leaving his signature suspended in mid-air.

Abraham smirked. "The Nimbus writes backward in time. Check the paper in your left breast pocket."

Hamilton pulled out the paper, read it, and scowled. "There's no need for profanity, dear boy."
 
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

"Rendezvous with Rama" by Arthur C. Clarke [Review]

Rendezvous with Rama (Rama, #1)Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

The classic science-fiction novel, Rendezvous with Rama, revolves around a mysterious alien spacecraft (nicknamed "Rama") that enters Earth's Solar System, and the expedition sent to intercept and explore the ship. I must say that, from a technical standpoint, the novel is incredible. Rama is described in detail with a lot of interesting and intricate structures to explore and discover. If someone wanted to imagine what it would be like to stand on a generation ship (i.e. a spaceship designed to support generations of life during centuries-long travel from one solar system to another), this novel is the best I've ever seen.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Top 10 Banned or Challenged Classic Novels

Today is the last day of Banned Books Week, "celebrating" the persistent censorship of books in libraries, bookstores, and schools. BookPal.com created this infographic on ten frequently challenged classic novels.

Top 10 Banned or Challenged Classic Novels
Have you read any of these books?

UPDATE: Replaced image with a larger version

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

100-Word Sci-Fi: "Act of Aggression"

Every week, I write a hundred-word story inspired by a random word. This week's word is "smile."

Act of Aggression
by Nigel G. Mitchell

Glenn Roberts looked up at the judge, who glared down at him with six narrowed eyes.

"You are charged with threatening a High Lord of the Mitandi, which calls for death. However, I believe your display of teeth is your people's gesture of friendship known as a smile. Therefore, I sentence you to ten hours of cultural sensitivity training."

"Thank you, Supreme Justice," Glenn sighed, and smiled.

The judge lunged to his feet. "What? You dare threaten me, a Supreme Justice? The sentence is death! Immediately!"

Glenn screamed as the courtroom roared in outrage, and the soldiers descended on him.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Psychology of Abandoned Books

I've started a lot of books in my life, but I haven't finished all of them. I think every reader has abandoned a book at some point in their lives. Goodreads put together a great infographic on the most abandoned books of all time, and some of the reasons why. Having read Moby Dick and Catch-22, I'm not surprised they're on this list.

The Psychology of Abandoned Books


What books have you abandoned and why?

[Via pinterest.com]

Sunday, September 7, 2014

100-Word Sci-Fi: "Trash Day"

Every week, I write a hundred word story inspired by a random word. Today's word is "garbage."

Trash Day
by Nigel G. Mitchell

Matt Woodland scowled. "Why do I have to take out the trash again?"

Veronica held out a trash bag with a green arm hanging out of it. "I'm the one cleaning up these things. The least you can do is take them out to the curb."

Matt sighed, grabbed the bag, and trudged out the front door.

On the street, all his neighbors were out shoveling up the bodies of dead aliens left over from the invasion.

Matt tossed his bag onto the huge mountain stacked on the curb. He shook his head. "You never see this in the movies."

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

100-Word Sci-Fi: "The Price of Gas"

Every week, I write a hundred-word story inspired by a random word. This week's word is "gas."
Source: Wikimedia
The Price of Gas 
by Nigel G. Mitchell

Natalie Castillo watched the gas station attendant approach the bus driver, and held her daughter Liz tighter.

"That's ten gallons," the attendant growled. "How do you plan to pay for this?"

The bus driver looked over his shoulder at Natalie. He nodded.

The hands of the other passengers seized Natalie's arms and shoulders. She screamed as more hands wrenched her daughter out of her grasp.

The driver grabbed Liz by the neck and shoved her out of the passenger side door. As the bus headed across the desolate sands once more, the shrieks of her daughter faded into the wind.

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