I wrote “Apocalypse Moon” in August of 2018 with 101 Words in mind. I was fortunate that 101 Words ultimately selected this piece to appear in November of that year. 101 Words has a simple premise (as you’ve probably already guessed): short stories that are exactly 101 words in length.
I strongly recommend 101 Words. Their submission process is also wonderfully simple.
I had two sources of inspiration for “Apocalypse Moon”. The first was my fascination with the possibility that the Earth and Moon may one day collide. Of course, this is only possible if both the Earth and Moon survive the end of our Sun. However, a collision between the two is genuinely possible if each endures for another 65 billion years.
My second source of inspiration was the fringe theory that the Moon is a hologram.
I merged these two sources and took the result a step farther to create the global conspiracy found in “Apocalypse Moon”. You can read “Apocalypse Moon” by clicking the image below.