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The story behind the story: Please consider my science-fiction story

This week’s Futures story is a conversational take on the influence of AI in the shape of Please consider my science-fiction story by David G. Blake. Regular reader will remember David’s earlier stories To my fatherA kite for Sarah and Low-city life. Here he reveals a little more about his latest tale — as ever, it pays to read the story first.

Writing Please consider my science-fiction story

If you’ve read Please consider my science-fiction story, then you know that it already kind of is the story behind the story. I was sitting there struggling with an opening scene, for what seemed like the millionth day in a row, and I realized that a certain slanted take on the thoughts running through my mind might end up being the more entertaining story to tell. It ended up being the story I needed to tell, too. A way to utilize my issues with writing to my advantage.

It’s also the first story I’ve ever written start to finish with someone reading over my shoulder. Not a method I would recommend on a regular basis, but it’s something I wanted to mention since I lost my friend less than two months after that day. The memory of Mason laughing behind me as I worked through this one adds a unique layer of happiness to its publication. I am beyond thrilled to share it with the rest of you.

Speaking of sharing, there’s a sequel in the works titled Grasping at straws, so you might get more of Mr Writer before you know it. Hell, I might even try for a trilogy. We’ll just have to see how that conversation goes.

There is one more thing I want to say. In his life, Mason Proudfoot spent a lot of time and energy raising money for HIV/AIDS organizations. You can read Please consider my science-fiction story free online. If you do, or even if you only read this post, please also consider donating to one of these organizations.

Thank you all for reading, and have a happy holiday season.


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