Lost Earth Hypertext Challenge

An alien armada appears in the Oort cloud and bears inexorably towards Earth, with terrible and ill intent. This is the premise of the science fiction story/haibun “The Day We Lost Earth,” by Ron Sparks.  Join the Flash Challenge!  Here is what you must do:

  1. Read the story “The Day We Lost Earth.”
  2. Choose a favorite phrase or sentence from the story.
  3. Write a Flash Fiction story here, with the following parameters:
    • Genre: Science fiction
    • Word Count: 500 – 1000
    • Time Period: The Future
    • Required Phrase: The phrase/sentence you selected in step 2.
    • Hypertext Requirement: You must hyperlink your entire phrase/sentence to the story. Use this URL: http://www.ronsparks.com/day-lost-earth/
    • Setting: Anywhere in the same universe as “The Day We Lost Earth.” You are writing a story in this universe.

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  • Ron Sparks

    I hope this challenge is a lot of fun. I really enjoyed creating the “Lost Earth” universe back in the day. It’s awesome to have other writers adding their unique style to the universe. Can’t wait to see the entries!

  • Ron Sparks

    Yeah – I wrote two. So sue me. 🙂

    • tlrelf

      LOL!

      • Ron Sparks

        It’s 3 now.

        • tlrelf

          I see a wild book cover in the making. . .

  • Ron Sparks

    So there’s talk that we keep writing in this universe for a story of two. What say you all?

    • Caleb

      Aye

      • tlrelf

        Aye.

  • Ron Sparks

    So it seems we have 3 time periods here in all the stories:

    1. Just around the time of the Earth destruction.

    2. 35 years post Earth destruction.

    3. 200 years after Earth destruction.

    Those are great periods. If we could weave a narrative through all 3 – we’d have a book if short stiries, loosely coherent, in the same universe!

    • Ron Sparks

      With the 7 stories we have so far and the original story, we’ve collected abour 10,000 words so far. We’re _already_ a novella! LOL

    • Caleb

      I have some story arc ideas developing. Should we do any discussion/planning to coordinate an over-arching narrative, or leave it open? We could start a thread in the forum if we want to discuss ideas.

      • Ron Sparks

        Yeah – let me create a new forum called “Lost Earth” and you can create your thread there. Hold 1.

      • Ron Sparks

        Done – and while you’re at it – go to NEw Member introductions and crete a NEW thread for your intro – not a reply on my intro. LOL 🙂