Monthly Archives: February 2012

Novel: The Flies Dropped Dead

The Flies Dropped Dead, a 32,000-word short novel of dark science fiction, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

Cover - Flies Dropped Dead 300x200A mysterious death, a constellation of dead flies.

Can Jonathan Canny find redemption at the bottom of a multiplying black abyss of science gone wrong?

Jonathan Canny is a workaday morgue staffer who thinks he’s seen it all until he discovers dead flies scattered around the body of a gorgeous woman. Canny turns to Lila, his ex-girlfriend, to seek some answers, but what they uncover engulfs the entire morgue in a creeping webwork of darkness, culminating in one man’s desperate struggle for redemption– even if is far too late for his beloved Lila.

A novel of dark science fiction by Alistair Ainscott.

“The Flies Dropped Dead” Copyright © 2012 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Rolffimages | Dreamstime.com

 

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Five Story Collection: Crimes against Literature

Five Crimes Against Literature, a ~23,500 word collection of short stories, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/134335

Five preposterous tales of far-ranging absurdity.

Professionally published writer Alistair Ainscott unleashes a vile compendium of five literary transgressions, a special room in hell for the serious-minded: “The Ferro-Erotic Roaches of Kiki,” “Occupy Stinking America,” “Maiden Voyage of the Pink Plastic Ponies,” “Captain Disaster and the Twin Terrors of Unholy Matrimony,” and “Why Oranges Are Apples”, plus an excerpt from “The Flies Dropped Dead.”

From aliens with bizarre sensory perceptions, a boy-with-bad-breath meets supermodel-girl story of wayward romance, a superhero who drives a rusted-out International Harvester Scout and saves a solo Dad from the clutches of his own twin toddlers, or a play with a swarm of eccentric characters– an inept vampire, the Pissy Flippin’ Bastards, the Harbingers of Doom, Death, Destruction and Other Nasty Things– well, what ends up on the page ranges from preposterous hilarity to full-blown crimes against literature.

“Five Crimes against Literature” Copyright © 2012 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Philcold | Dreamstime.com

 

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Short Story: The Ferro-Erotic Roaches of Kiki

The Ferro-Erotic Roaches of Kiki, a 3000-word science fiction story, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

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Sharpen your beaks, prickle your barbs, color your ears. My Kiki, my brothers, we must guard our broods…

The Kiki dwell contentedly in their hive until the odd roundy beasts plummet to the surface.

Chantelle and James, marooned on an alien world of banded stone and gaping chasms, take refuge in the warrens of the roach-like denizens of the planet. They find a peaceful, if uneasy, co-existence.

Until the baby arrives.

And they call again for help.

And Chantelle must choose: her baby or her life…

A strange tale of science-fiction by Alistair Ainscott. 

“The Ferro-Erotic Roaches of Kiki” Copyright © 2011 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Innovari | Dreamstime.com

The Writing of the Ferro-Erotic Roaches of Kiki

This is one of the short stories that I wrote at the short story workshop that I did with Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. To be honest it was the best received of the four stories that I wrote for the workshop. It has a strange voice for the parts told from the alien’s otherworldly point-of-view, funny in an odd way, but it mostly seemed to work for the twenty other writers who attended. This is interspersed with scenes from Chantelle’s (the protagonist’s) point of view.

Kris liked like the story and encouraged me to mail it or e-pub it (which I have now done).

Dean Wesley Smith loved the title. He must have said “What a great title!” three or four times.

This also may be the only science fiction story ever written about the Kiki / Bouba effect. It’s a real psychophysical effect. Look it up.

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Short Story: The Maiden Voyage of the Pink Plastic Ponies

The Maiden Voyage of the Pink Plastic Ponies, a humorous 1430-word science fiction misadventure, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

Cover - Maiden Voyage Ponies - 200 x 300Wrangling twin preschoolers is no mean feat.  Especially to Mars. Especially when bringing their favorite toy violates quarantine…

Drake Derringer thinks he knows how to handle his preschooler twin girls until he has to figure out how to tell the family that he’s been relocated… to Mars. But they ain’t even gettin’ into Low Earth Orbit if his beloved girls can’t bring their beloved pink plastic ponies along. 

A silly tale of science fiction… with toddlers.

 

“The Maiden Voyage of the Pink Plastic Ponies” Copyright © 2011 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Therealdarla | Dreamstime.com

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Short Story (Script): Why Oranges Are Apples

Why Oranges Are Apples, a strange and hilarious 4960-word short story (script) for a collection of Pythonesque comedy sketches, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

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A farcical play in eight acts of doom, death, destruction, and other nasty things.

The Shadow Guy, an inept vampire. The Harbingers of Doom, Death, Destruction, and Other Nasty Things. The Happy Elves, the Pissy Flippin’ Bastards, an outlandish pachderm wannabe. A medley of deranged characters assault the stage in this Pythonesque collection of comedy sketches that took the college theater circuit by storm, available as 100% genuine electrons for the first time ever…

Avast! We are the Harbingers of DOOM, DEATH, DESTRUCTION, and Other Nasty Things! You will be consumed by the totality of our unpleasantness, you will be sucked into the maelstrom of our sin…

A Play in Several Farcial Acts of Retching Hilarity, as originally produced at New Voices 9 by the “masque” troupe of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and performed at numerous other colleges in the United States and Great Britain. 

“Why Oranges Are Apples” Copyright © 2012 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Snumr | Dreamstime.com

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Short Story: Assailing the Void (Flash Fiction)

Assailing the Void, a 930-word short-short (flash) science fiction story, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

Cover - Assailing the Void - 200x300What lies beyond the labyrinthine confines of the city?

Georg Ventman knows only the dim, cramped world within the megacity of a dark future. He needs to stretch. He needs to break free. He needs to assail the void with a two-fisted gesture of exaltation.

A short science fiction story of escape from a dystopian future by Alistair Ainscott.

 

“Assailing the Void” Copyright © 2011 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Kydriashka | Dreamstime.com

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Short Story: Captain Disaster and the Twin Terrors of Unholy Matrimony

Captain Disaster and the Twin Terrors of Unholy Matrimony, a humorous 5400-word story, is now available for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords:

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One dad, twin preschoolers, and a three-thousand mile trip.

What could go wrong?

Bernard Keyes travels cross-country with his identical twin girls so they can be flower girls in his brother’s wedding. But that last mile of winding country roads just might be the hardest part of his journey… other than the ceremony itself. An inkling of trouble cracks in Captain Disaster’s arthritic knuckles, but can he push his sputtering, rusted-out old truck fast enough to save the day?

 

 

“Captain Disaster and the Twin Terrors of Unholy Matrimony” Copyright © 2011 Alistair Ainscott, Published by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing

Cover illustration © Marianmocanu | Dreamstime.com

The Writing of Captain Disaster and the Twin Terrors of Unholy Matrimony

This was a short story that I originally wrote during the June 2011 Short Story Workshop that I did with Kristine Kathryn Rusch. This is the last story I wrote at the workshop; I was getting tired so this one came out pretty silly.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy the story.

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