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Dark City Fanfiction

In honor of the 20th anniversary of one of my all-time favorite films, Dark City, here is a coda I wrote for it in March 2005. I don’t write much fanfic, and this was never revised, published, or posted anywhere–it was written only as an exercise for an old writing group. I don’t remember what they said about it, but looking back on it, some of it makes me cringe now, and some of it still makes me smile. Be gentle, dear readers. If anything, this is a testament to how much the Clarion West Workshop I attended a few months after I wrote it helped me improve, and also that writers shouldn’t be embarrassed by their early work.

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Dark City: “Time for Romance”

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“Atlantic Rim”: A GISHWHES Story

elopusI wrote this 140-word drabble for a friend’s GISHWHES team, to fulfill scavenger hunt item #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 was no room for a title in my submission, but I’m calling it “Atlantic Rim”, for reasons which may soon be obvious. Enjoy!

“Atlantic Rim” by E.C. Myers

Misha didn’t know why the Queen of England summoned him for an audience, but when a queen calls, you don’t let it go to voicemail.

“Please approach the throne.” The Queen’s aide frowned. “You’ve shaved.”

“Sorry?” Misha stroked his chin.

“At least you wore the trenchcoat.” The man beckoned him forward. “Kneel.”

Misha kneeled.

“By decree of Elizabeth II, Queen of the Commonwealth, Misha Collins is hereby conferred an honorary knighthood for service to the Crown. Etcetera.”

Misha squinted at the elderly woman. “Does she ever talk? Also, what service?”

The room trembled. Outside the window, a ten-story-tall beast crawled toward the palace on eight squishy tentacles. Its elephantine trunk swung ominously.

“Um,” Misha said. “You know I’m not really an angel?”

“Then you’ll need the Royal Mecha-Corgi to battle Elopus.” The aide tossed him a key ring. “Good luck.”

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