Let Me Tell You a Story … Science Fiction Short Stories

Let Me Tell You a Scifi Story - Science Fiction Short Stories

When you think about, tacos are a perfect metaphor for good science fiction short stories. Small, nutritious, juicy morsels of flavor – decades of authentic art packed into bite-sized deliciousness. Hi, I’m Jackson Allen and my Golden Age scifi shorts are ‘brain tacos.’ Your time and energy are valuable, and you need stories that explode in your brain with delectable, scrumptious adventure. Improvising on Golden Age scifi is to great writers what jazz standards are to great musicians. These stories are my variations on those old ‘comfort food’ concepts. Welcome to my treasure box of classic stories told in new ways.

Enough talk, it’s story time – browse below and pick one out for yourself. Scroll to the bottom to find out how the short stories are part of my evil plan …

 

Let Me Tell You a Scifi Story - Science Fiction Short Stories

Call of the Void

“I picked up his trail at the edge of a crater.
Over my shoulder, three moons dangled in the reddish-purple sky. Faint starlight outlined the junky little craft I use for rescue trips. My spacecraft has no frills, no creature comforts: just two seats and basic life support. With luck, that’s all I’ll need to save this kid’s life.
The control surfaces on this spacesuit sucked. I could feel worn plastic and clunky attenuators when I put it on. The third-class air filtration smelled like farts and dirty sweat socks. If I had time, I’d trade with the locals to buy better gear, but I don’t. We’re on the clock. The kid’s been here for weeks. If I don’t get him out in the next few hours, he’s not coming back at all.”
Ryan is a kid with a past. In order to find his future, he has to help someone else find theirs. What will he find out there on an uncharted moon: ruin, remorse, or … redemption? He better find out fast, because time is running out.
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The Conquered

Three space explorers arrive on a new planet to find the hungry, desperate faces of a conquered civilization. These people are human, intelligent and aware of space travel. Why are they dressed in rags? Why isn’t anyone allowed to own a tool, or medicine? What happened to their cities and culture? The chilling answer comes from the six-meter alien with smoke-colored armor and polished fangs, and he does not come in peace.
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The Rocket

In the last few hours before Earth is destroyed, one man must let his father go in order to save his children. Love, loss, and desolation for a generation that refuses to save itself.
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Foreverest

A wealthy housewife, a missing husband, and a tough detective. The case begins.
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The Battle of Victoria Crater

Martin grows up on the harsh, haunting landscape of Mars dodging bullets, freezing temperatures and hired guns. How can a raw, hard-bitten group of colonists hope to survive against a menacing Earthbound corporation? What will happen if they give up and go home? Readers say: “This short tale brings us to the gritty reality of the fight for a terraformed Mars.”
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Planet Ugh

The aliens have arrived, and Earth makes first contact. Do they think we’re ready to meet the rest of the universe? Our representative makes
his case, but the conversation isn’t going well …
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Body Issues

Bonus WallpaperAva is your typical high-school Freshman. She’s got friends, family, and oh yes, access to the hottest body modification science on the planet. DNA strand engineering, nanoreceptor reflex boosters and cloned bone cells. How are you supposed to ‘just be yourself’ when a clinic can make you into a supermodel overnight? Get a copy from your favorite bookstore
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The Superhero Shrink

Dr. Christopher has a very difficult, unique job. He’s a psychiatrist who works with superheroes. Some legendary warriors come with baggage
and his job is to help ‘keep ’em flying.’ Half-serious, half-dark comedy, ‘The Superhero Shrink’ is “‘The Avengers’ Meets ‘Ordinary
People,’” an honest look at the people behind the masks.
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Superhero Shrink: Climate Change

Dr. Christopher is back with a new set of patients and a new set of problems. How will the superhero wars affect our global climate? No one
is quite sure, but everyone knows that Dr. Christopher is caught in the middle.
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Now that I’ve told you what I’m doing, let me tell you why. After I re-started my life, my promise to myself is to chase what matters. For me, that’s telling good scifi stories. My evil plan is to use the sales from these ‘brain taco’ shorts to qualify to join the SFWA (The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America). Inkican is how I write stories that help me believe in myself. My stories help others believe in themselves, too.

All of this is based on me selling what I write. To get there, I need access to the support of the larger author organizations like SFWA. Membership requires that I sell one story by a SFWA-approved publisher, or pass ~$1000 in sales from self-published work. I’m simultaneously writing new short stories, and self-publishing those that didn’t sell, but I think people will enjoy.

So I’m asking for your support: Would you consider buying one or more of my $0.99 short stories below? Your support opens so many doors for me, and helps me open doors for others. Success brings me closer to the triangle of ‘Author Success’: Sustainability, Generosity, and Hospitality. I have a quick break-down right here of what that looks like.

So that’s why I want to tell you a story, science fiction short stories are how I’m rebuilding my life. Thanks very much in advance …

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Thanks again for reading.

~J