Search found 1008 matches

by eric_marsh
Tue May 19, 2015 2:00 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Black Friday
Replies: 4
Views: 877

Black Friday

After robots replaced most workers the Congress wrote ever more severe laws punishing the "lazy" unemployed for not having jobs. Eventually being poor, which they reasoned demonstrated anti-social attitudes, was made a felony. To reduce the increased costs of operating new prisons, repeat offenders ...
by eric_marsh
Sat May 16, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Fermi's Paradox
Replies: 0
Views: 3989

Fermi's Paradox

Scientists have long wondered why our universe is not full of interstellar civilizations. We listen and all we hear is silence. To obtain star flight all civilizations must follow the same path, that path leading to understanding the very currents of space and time itself. There are only two ways th...
by eric_marsh
Fri May 15, 2015 10:28 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 279 – The Country Doctor
Replies: 15
Views: 5393

Re: Drabblecast 279 – The Country Doctor

I run podcasts while I'm out working in my shop. I'd been catching up on old Drabblecasts when I came across this one. A great story - it built slowly and then suddenly went in an entirely unexpected direction. Yeah, I'm going to have to read some more Utley.
by eric_marsh
Thu May 14, 2015 9:51 pm
Forum: Twit-Fic!
Topic: Post your Twitfic Twabbles Here! (General Content)
Replies: 7309
Views: 679424

Re: Post your Twitfic Twabbles Here! (General Content)

I wouldn't eat Soylent Green. It's nasty stuff. The meat has way too many hormones and preservatives in it to be healthy.
by eric_marsh
Thu May 14, 2015 9:26 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Facebook Friends
Replies: 0
Views: 4129

Facebook Friends

In all her years on Earth, and yes she has seen many of them, Val never experienced anything as wonderful or convenient as the internet. Facebook is her favorite. She has cultivated many Facebook friends and she shares with them many pictures of her beautiful home. Val's Facebook friends all know th...
by eric_marsh
Thu May 14, 2015 1:13 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Finding My Muse
Replies: 9
Views: 2545

Re: Finding My Muse

Absolutely!
by eric_marsh
Wed May 13, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Chicken Dinosaurs
Replies: 1
Views: 547

Chicken Dinosaurs

After geneticists at Monsanto discovered how to revert chicken beaks to dinosaur jaws, it was not that much more difficult to complete the reversion process. The scientists viewed it as interesting research. The marketing department had other ideas. "Every kid is going to want one." cried Harry Seem...
by eric_marsh
Wed May 13, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: Twit-Fic!
Topic: Post your Twitfic Twabbles Here! (General Content)
Replies: 7309
Views: 679424

Science in the News

It was news when geneticists reverted chicken beaks to dinosaur jaws. Continued research made it into emergency news.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150512 ... f-dinosaur
by eric_marsh
Mon May 11, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever
Replies: 17
Views: 5656

Re: Drabblecast 335 - To Whatever

"Your President flies a spaceship?"

Norm's monolog was particularly brilliant this episode.
by eric_marsh
Mon May 11, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: Twit-Fic!
Topic: Post your Twitfic Twabbles Here! (General Content)
Replies: 7309
Views: 679424

Re: Post your Twitfic Twabbles Here! (General Content)

The first working bullshit detector was outlawed as a threat to the public good. Of course we all knew that was bullshit.
by eric_marsh
Fri May 08, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Twit-Fic!
Topic: Post your Twitfic Twabbles Here! (General Content)
Replies: 7309
Views: 679424

Re: Post your Twitfic Twabbles Here! (General Content)

The aliens said that humanity is too violent to join the Federation. Of course we couldn't let an insult like that stand.
by eric_marsh
Fri May 08, 2015 3:00 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Google Ads (self discovery)
Replies: 4
Views: 2424

Google Ads (self discovery)

Google ads are amazing. This girl I met one night told me that she started seeing ads for maternal clothes before she even realized that she was pregnant. It turns out that pregnant women look at common health care products and Google extrapolated. Sometimes it seems like these new technologies know...
by eric_marsh
Fri May 01, 2015 6:05 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Finding My Muse
Replies: 9
Views: 2545

Re: Finding My Muse

Not too surprisingly, some of E.T.A. Hoffman's tales are used in Offenbach's the Tales of Hoffman though they were modified for the opera. In the second story Hoffman falls in love with Dr. Coppelius's wind up mechanical doll Olimpia. The third act is (with the famous Barcarolle) is set in a Venetia...
by eric_marsh
Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:53 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Finding My Muse
Replies: 9
Views: 2545

Re: Finding My Muse

Thanks - the idea was inspired by Offenbach's The Tale's of Hoffman. The opera has three acts and in each of them Hoffman's muse/foil tears away the women that Hoffman loves and makes him suffer so as to drive him to greater creativity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4xaEROTSUA Incidentally¸ E.T.A...
by eric_marsh
Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:33 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Finding My Muse
Replies: 9
Views: 2545

Finding My Muse

The mud in the trench has turned to ice. The cold has taken the edge off the smell of decomposition. I've lived in this hell for two years now. We go over the top. Artillery shells explode above us. Suddenly, red hot agony cuts through me. As I fall I see my blood splashing the ground before everyth...
by eric_marsh
Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:34 am
Forum: Twit-Fic!
Topic: Post your Twitfic Twabbles Here! (General Content)
Replies: 7309
Views: 679424

Re: Post your Twitfic Twabbles Here! (General Content)

The doctor spoke sympathetically.

"I'm sorry, but your son is... musical."

The man turned pale. His wife wept quietly.
by eric_marsh
Sat Apr 18, 2015 11:04 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Priming the Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 648

Re: Priming the Sale

Probably doesn't work on the 1/10th of the 1% though.
by eric_marsh
Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:36 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Priming the Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 648

Priming the Sale

"He may not look like it," Sam said, "but this little guy's a big money maker. Our clients sell big ticket items. Research demonstrates that when people are depressed they can dramatically overspend on a product." The puppy was adorable. Sam hit it with a hammer. It yelped then lay twitching. Blood ...
by eric_marsh
Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:50 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: A Father's Love
Replies: 2
Views: 746

Re: A Father's Love

:)

And feeding.