Short Stories

Some scenes don’t make the last cut, but I find stories in the scraps. Complete your experience of The Fundamentals Universe with selected shorts, or get an inside look at my story development process when I re-post early drafts that found the cutting room floor.

Essays


Sometimes blog posts bloom into essays that develop unexpected themes and have relevance beyond the moment.

Short Stories

Essays

Unexpected Gems

Mother’s Thanksgiving

Updated! #Pandemic2020

I edited this work for exposition, tone, and theme annually, hoping I would capture the mood of our nation as we endure this extended weekend. I rejected my work every year till 2018. Then 2020 happened. That angst of over lost civility is palpable in the faces of everyone you meet.


Stories & Essays

Keith Hobson Meets Erin Smart – Keith’s View

| Troy Williams |
The following short story was not cut from The Fundamentals, but it is missing. This is Keith’s and Erin’s first meeting told from Keith’s point of view. When editing the final version of The Funda…

Evacuate!

| Troy Williams |
A fire consumed the ship. A fire that burned like fire on Earth. It billowed black and white smoke that stretched up, or at least away, from the ship. Tongues of orange and black flame whipped arou…

Mother’s Thanksgiving

| Troy Williams |
Thanksgiving is an American holiday. Other cultures have harvest celebrations, but the tone of an American Thanksgiving is unique to history. I drafted this essay after the September 11 terrorist …

Special Correspondents Lottery: Conclusion

| Troy Williams |
“EC Whores!” A yell from the darkness behind the stage. A man covered in black clothes and a ski mask ran on stage. A narrow beam of red shot from his hand. It cut up and across the man who won the…

Special Correspondents Lottery: Part 4

| Troy Williams |
The captain took Viper by his central pole and pushed him out of the way. “I get enough geekery on my ship,” she said. “But I will give you a sit-down, exclusive of the other EC One reporters when …

Serial Science Fiction

The first work of serial fiction was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, published in 1844. The tradition continues with my serial Sci-Fi from The Fundamentals Universe

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