Although Janice and I have enjoyed the first few days of summer break together, I’m pleased to announce that this week I will be putting the finishing touches on a short story to post on this blog (at over 5,000 words, this will be the longest work I’ve posted).
“Deus ex Machina” tells the story of the first manned mission to Proxima Centauri b (I wrote this at a time when Proxima Centauri b was heavily in the news), the nearest exoplanet to Earth. Although decidedly science fiction, there are some horror elements that I think will appease most readers of that genre. However, this is not another tale of extraterrestrial meddling in space. The focus is squarely on the technology that has enabled mankind to reach the stars, and our somewhat unenthusiastic appreciation for the endless possibilities that await us on the final frontier.
Although I’m sure I unknowingly (and knowingly) channeled some inspiration from the likes of Alien and Event Horizon, I do believe this is a unique perspective on some traditional science fiction plot fodder (and perhaps even a potential opening for a much longer work).
At just over 5,000 words, “Deus ex Machina” is one of the longer projects I’ve completed in the last few years. I wrote the entirety of this short story during the summer of 2017 (much to Janice’s chagrin at the time I’m sure). However, with the manuscript out of the mothballs, I’m hoping to have the finished product ready for posting in just a few days.
With my 33rd birthday very near, I thought this was a good time to get back in the swing of writing consistently. Should you find the opportunity to read “Deus ex Machina” once posted, please don’t hesitate to let me know what you think!