By Bryan White
The world is mere days from a catastrophe that will mean the end of the world.
Only one thing stands between life and eternal damnation: The Sword of Archangel Michael.
by Adrian Kleinbergen
Just a quick note:
For example, Jack Bell has posted some recent items on his Oort-Cloud blog that use the tag properly
The second part of Trojan Horse.
A kind of strange story I was working on. Just pitting it out there.
A rippling nudibranch, veins sticking out from its fleshy body, tore through the streets of Manhattan, engulfing citizens as it went. The 10-foot beast left a trail of slime going all the way back to the Donald Iverson Center for Kineostatic Studies, or DICKS for short. Scientists from DICKS were running all over the streets, crying out that 'Frankie' had escaped.
So my first real attempt at a Science Fiction story. If nothing else, I had a lot of fun writing it!
This is another very old one, pulled from the archives of 1999. Still, it really could do with a polish in some areas, but I have a real soft spot for it:
It is odd what the mind notices when it is trying to forget a hangover. The bed being full of blood, for instance.
I’m seeing quite a few promising stories, but also something else in this weekend’s posts: the ‘fake wiki article.’ There are plenty of wiki articles already out there about fictional topics, of course. But the idea of a wiki article that is itself written as a work of fiction, even as it describes something fictional, strikes me as a clever exercise in going meta. (And a playful response to the writing adage ‘show don’t tell.’ It makes exposition the whole point of the piece.)
Personally I find tags very useful, so I am very serious about choosing them. In fact, I think of tags as emergent in the sense that, given enough people tagging, the output can be bigger than the input.
Given the above, I don't want to tell you how to tag. You know more about your posts than I do after all. And, in general, more tags are better. But I do think there are a few standard tags which would make it easier to locate and group specific kinds of posts.
The SFWA (Science Fiction Writers of America) has a great resource page of articles on writing, focused on writing Science Fiction. These articles are well categorized and range from advice to beginners to suggestions on restarting a once-great career.
I highly recommend that everyone commenting here on Oort-Cloud read the articles on Critiquing, at a minimum. This stuff is pure gold!