Impact by Queer Sci Fi

Author: Queer Sci Fi
Book: Impact
Series: Fifth Annual QSF Flash Fiction Contest
Page/Word Count: 245 pages
Categories: Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-Fi
Release Date: July 26, 2018
Publisher: Other Worlds Ink
Cover Artist: Lex Chase
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Blurb:
Buy Impact by Queer Sci Fi on Amazon InternationalIM * PACT
(noun)

1) One object colliding with another

2) An impinging of something upon something else

3) An influence or effect on something or someone

4) The force of a new idea, concept, technology or ideology

Four definitions to inspire writers around the world, and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell, but only 110 made the final cut.

A difficult choice to be made. An object hurtling recklessly through space. A new invention that will change the world. So many things can impact a life, a society, or a planet.

Impact features 300 word speculative fiction ficlets from across the queer spectrum from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

Welcome to Impact.


Series Blurb:
It’s hard to tell a story in just 300 words. Each year we ask writers to take the challenge, turning in stories across the queer spectrum. The rules are simple. Write a complete sci fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror story, include LGBTIQA characters, and do it all with just 300 carefully chosen words.


Excerpt:
Since this book is composed of stories of no more than 300 words, we can’t really do a standard excerpt, so we’re offering you the teaser first lines from a number of stories.

“She’d needed new oil. She felt her joints grow stiff, her muscles grow tight, her follicles thickening. If she didn’t get fresh quarts soon, people she passed would start calling her sir, asking, Where’s your gun?” —Crossville Station, by Nathan Alling Long

“The mallet’s impact on the hard, bright disk shattered the silence in the talking chamber. The resulting deep tone reverberated through the vault, through Saskia, as she fidgeted beside her lover.” —Settled, by Aidee Ladnier

“This is how the world ends, or so they say. From where I’m standing, it simply looks like a rolling darkness as distant lights flicker and die.” —Visitors, by LJ Phillips

“’What have you done?’ The mechanical eyes came to rest on his face, the droning beep sounding loud in the small room.” —Identity and Change, by Jo Tannah

“’Once upon a world, we were the same,’ he said, lifting my hand to his lips; the ground shaking beneath us.” —Impact, by Jack Ladd

“I been a tinker and soothsayer long enough to know this country’s at the cusp of war. They stir up hate easy as breath. And, oh, it pains my soul to see it. “ —Impact of Intervention, by Patricia Scott

“All lives begin with a messy impact of some kind. The crash of zygotes and gametes. Splats of silica gel between cybernetic synapses. Two women slam into each other carrying full cups of coffee.” —Quintessence, by E.M. Hammill

“If I venture far enough into the house, I’ll find my closet.” —The Closet, by K.S. Trenten
“It touched Ligaya when she was a child. Or she touched it. A half-glimpsed shape under her bed.” Mas Mabuti An Answang, by Foster Bridget Cassidy

“Jam zipped down the neon track, feather-light in low gravity. She rocketed forward, a glowing haze in her starred helmet, and shot past the pack. “Space Jammer!” echoed as she neared the line. Time to rack up the points.” —First Bout: Andromedolls Vs. Crotch Rockets, by Ginger Streusel

About Queer Sci Fi:
At Queer Sci Fi, we’re building a community of sci fi, fantasy, paranormal and horror writers and readers who want a little rainbow in their speculative fiction. We run a great discussion group on Facebook, a twitter feed, and have a website full of useful materials, news, and announcements for readers and writers of queer speculative fiction.

Guest Post
Good flash fiction starts with a great opening line. Here are a few of them which really hooked us this year:

“This is how the world ends, or so they say. From where I’m standing, it simply looks like a rolling darkness as distant lights flicker and die.” —Visitors, by LJ Phillips

“What have you done?” The mechanical eyes came to rest on his face, the droning beep sounding loud in the small room.” —Identity and Change, by Jo Tannah

“So, it turns out that all those stories were true after all; time really does slow down as your death approaches.” —Momentary Impact, by Brett Steven McKenzie

“The capsule hit the water at terminal velocity. It bobbed to the surface after impact, which gave Miranda about forty seconds to get out before the capsule fully flooded and sank.” —Athena, by Victoria Zelvin

“When my wife sleeps, her face turns towards the depression my body left in the bed. I am not there, but I watch her breathe. I count each disappointed rise and fall of her chest. When she wakes, the spoon leaves an empty space in the sugar bowl. The swirl of its stirring hollows out the center of her coffee cup.” —Final Impression, by Elizabeth Kilcoyne

“The car slams into me, and I think I’m dead. I slide against the pavement. My skin tears off. The black asphalt glimmers red. Everything hurts. Then nothing hurts.” —Indestrucible, by Amir Lane

“Jam zipped down the neon track, feather-light in low gravity. She rocketed forward, a glowing haze in her starred helmet, and shot past the pack. “Space Jammer!” echoed as she neared the line. Time to rack up the points.” —First Bout: Andromedolls Vs. Crotch Rockets, by Ginger Streusel

Whet your appetite yet? *grin*

Where to find Queer Sci Fi:

Queer Sci Fi's Facebook Author Page Queer Sci Fi's Facebook Group Page Queer Sci Fi on Twitter Queer Sci Fi Website


Contest:
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