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Flash Fiction : Light Years (41/100)

Sunday, 20 June 2010

... stars. ...

And for those that have asked, here's a recap of the entire story so far :

One thousand light-years from home. Six centuries of time. The cold of vacuum. No hope. Earth? No word. The starship malfunctioning. I’m alone with the universe. New suns blink by, there, gone. I leave behind countless unknown novae, nebulae, neutron stars ...

Light Years
is a work of flash fiction. In fact it is the slowest piece of flash-fiction ever written. In real-time its one hundred words would take exactly 10,000 years to recount. Because of the limitations of a normal human life-span, it has been specially accelerated to the speed of one word per week. It will therefore take just under two years to tell from start to finish.

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  1. Oh wow. I can't follow it at a word a week but knowing that's the speed it's posted at seems so appropriate. This is powerful stuff. I like it.

  2. I forgot to check the follow up comments box.

  3. fairyhedgehog,

    I'm glad it's making a little more sense!

    I started this series just as an experiemnt really, to see what you could do with blogs and with fiction. Sometimes I've regretted it because people have seen all these weird one-word posts and said, "huh?".

    Still. I can't stop now!


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