The magazine Nature are running a competition looking for sci-fi stories of just 200 characters. It’s a really interesting challenge, trying to create a narrative in that few words, as well as getting across a sci-fi idea. As with haiku, being brief but evocative will be key. I’m going to give it a go, and you all should too – at only 200 characters, and with the deadline not until the end of January, not having enough time is no excuse.
Following this exciting distraction, tomorrow I’ll return to Guy Gavriel Kay’s Lions of Al-Rassan. Honest.