Welcome to my post for the #8Sunday Hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors.
Authors participating in the #8Sunday Hop post 8-10 sentences from a current writing project, published or unpublished. Authors and readers can offer opinions, critiques, and support.
This week's excerpt is from my humorous short science fiction story, WELCOME TO OASIS. This story is written in the form of a government created website/tutorial to aid citizens dealing with the collapse of two alternate realities into each other. I've worked in or with government programs for over twenty-years, and I know exactly how the government would "help" in such a situation (note that the name of the program and its acronym don't match - that is on purpose/one of the jokes embedded in the story)!
WELCOME TO OASIS
Welcome to OASIS, the Other Self Identification and Assimilation System. We understand that the collapsing of two alternate realities into a single time stream (“The Merge”) might be confusing, even frightening. OASIS is here to answer all of your questions and to guide you through this historic event.
By this time, most people will have met the version of themselves from the alternate reality (hereafter referred to as your “Other Self”) as both realities now occupy the same time-space. It is not uncommon to experience a range of emotions upon coming face-to-face with your Other Self—anger, fear, confusion, amusement, even excitement. Who hasn’t wondered “what if” at some point in their life? This unprecedented peek into an alternate reality provides each of us a unique opportunity to see how things might have turned out if we had made different choices. While not all of these choices will have turned out well, it is an opportunity for each of us to learn a little more about ourselves. We encourage you to embrace this opportunity with a spirit of adventure and open-mindedness. However, please refrain from “twin switch” type practical jokes—they are not amusing.
I was really happy with the way this story turned out; I wish I could write stories that make people cry, but, somehow, my stories tend to have a lot of humor, instead. With this story, I just owned that and went straight for laughs (its got a Douglas Adams-type vibe). If you'd like to read the full story, you can find it in the DEAR ROBOT anthology, available in paperback wherever books are sold (buy it on Amazon).
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TERRI BRUCE writes strange, hard to classify science fiction and fantasy stories from New England where she lives with her husband and assorted cats. If you like the works of Neil Gaiman, Audrey Niffenegger, and China Mieville, then be sure to check out her work. The first three books of her contemporary fantasy AFTERLIFE series are available in e-book, paperback, and audio book wherever books are sold.