G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. and Item #78

This week, popular science fiction authors have found themselves unexpectedly inundated by requests for 140-word stories.  The reason?  G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S., or the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, included item number 78:

“Get a previously published Sci-Fi author to write an original story (140 words max) about Misha, the Queen of England and an Elopus.”

There’s been some buzz in the SF author world about this, some finding it horribly rude and others finding it fun.  Some authors have even advertised their willingness to write a story in return for buying one of their books!  I wrote one for a fan who asked with polite enthusiasm, and found it pretty easy and fun to do.

 

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David is a science fiction and fantasy author, which gives him the freedom to explore far beyond the limits of real life and the everyday. His books explores themes that skirt the edges of science and religion, such as human origins, the nature of truth, the certainty of death, and the nature of the soul. He does all his writing at home, where he lives with his wife and seven children. It’s a lively and clamorous place, full of fun, love, and chaos. His latest novel is SUPERPOSITION, a quantum physics murder mystery with the same mind-bending, breathless action as films like INCEPTION and MINORITY REPORT. His other works include the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel TERMINAL MIND, the historical fantasy QUINTESSENCE (Tor, 2013) and its sequel, QUINTESSENCE SKY.

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