3 x 3 sentence fics (31st July)

 

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3 more 3 sentence fics for the final #writingwednesday of July. I started with ‘tide’ as a prompt and used a word from each ficlet as a prompt for the next.

tide

The scorching summer sun gave way to a cooler evening as high tide approached. The sun dipped into the water, red, pink, and orange streaked clouds surrounding the horizon like steam from the sun as the cool ocean seemed to extinguish the fireball. The welcome breeze stirred the marram grass on the sand dunes as the sky began to darken and Venus in her guise as the evening star rose to gaze upon the beach, the tide swallowing the sand too.

Venus

As the morning star she is visible to greet you as you walk the dog or begin your journey to work. As the evening star she is a familiar sight to keep you company as you sit outside enjoying summer evenings or head home as winter darkness draws in. She is the hottest planet in our solar system, our second closest neighbour, the brightest object after our sun and moon, given the name of a goddess of love, and a welcome sight to behold.

planet

He fiddled with the strange looking phone that she thought must be some new imported model, thin as glass, tapping at it as he frowned and asked, “What planet is this again?”

She gave him a sideways look, asking, “What do you mean which planet?”

“Um, country…province..county…never mind,” he said, flustered, pocketing the device and trying to change the subject.

 

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Review: The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

The Andromeda Strain is a scientific thriller that is rooted in science while positing a terrifying “what if” scenario. First published in 1969, the book includes some scientific breakthroughs that we have not yet achieved, as well as some dated technology – the paper jam problem, the lack of mobile phones, for example.

The crux of the book is that humankind can be its own worst enemy. The danger comes from an organism brought back to earth from a downed space probe, but twice the actions recommend by the scientists (the major protagonists) almost bring about catastrophe. People’s hubris, biases, oversights, and flaws, are every bit as threatening to humanity as the immediate problems we face. Part of the problem in the novel could be that the scientists are indeed scientists and become focussed on details, where outsiders and artists would look at possibilities.

Told as if reporting on a true event, until this moment highly classified, Crichton’s thriller is still relevant today. His own background and detailed research combined with skilful story-telling, make this a science rich but accessible, enjoyable, and thought provoking read.

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