“Already Dead” is a 1,500 word short story about two people on a broken spaceship, each arguing that the other should take the ship’s last functional escape pod. It features arguments about and between loved ones, a conversation about responsibility, and one ongoing countdown to catastrophic failure.
“They’re Made Out of Meat”, by Terry Bisson, is a 1991 science fiction story about first contact with a truly alien civilization. If you haven’t read it already, then check it out here. It’ll take just two or three minutes.
Because it’s limited to a dialogue between two characters, “They’re Made Out of Meat” has gotten numerous film and audio adaptations (like this Studio 360 version). This post compiles every single film adaptation, from “the film student one” to “the one that’s in Russian” to “the one that hurts your ears and should not be listened to.” If you know of any others, please let me know so that I can add them.
“The Wrong Ship” is a 1,600 word short story about a programmer on the run from the authorities, who winds up stowing away on, you guessed it, the wrong spaceship. It features an artificial intelligence named Charlie, one 1980s film reference, and a stunning lack of helpfulness from the laws of physics.
It was released to the Creative Commons with an Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license after being funded on Kickstarter. You can download a PDF copy for free at DriveThruFiction, and get some nice art with it too. Continue reading