Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Littlest Barnacle

There's a certain joy to be had in making a silly title for a story and just rolling with it. In my newest short story "The Littlest Barnacle", an orphan boy stows away on a succession of spaceships and has adventures throughout the galaxy. It's very picaresque.

Unique, as far as I can tell, for the fact that the boy has no special powers or mechanical prodigy or really any skills of any use to anybody aside from being sneaky and a thief. He's an orphan, it's not like they have schools.

Can Jules avoid languishing on the Planet of Slaves? Find out whenever it gets published!


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  1. I once played a dwarven thief by the name of Gom Derber, Adventurer Extraordinaire. His highest ability score was 11 Constitution. He survived by his wits and audacious claims.

    I like characters that are just normal folk. I just finished a story about a pair of blacksmiths in a war-torn city - rather than writing about the warlord and the insurgent prince. Normal people have a certain je-ne-sais-quoi I guess.

  2. I had a character in a high school superhero setting called The Everyman. He used the hall pass stick as his weapon and his power was ridiculous luck (He never missed!)

    This is more focused on space stowaways, though. My extensive SF reading has revealed two things: If the space stowaway is a boy, he's got the Power of Tech. If the space stowaway is a girl, she'll have the Power of Heart. Often includes a helpful robot/cute creature.


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