Our Cosmonauts Are Dying
Posted by Anneque D. Machelle
What’s black, 500 kilometres long, and would kill you if it fell on you from out of a tree? Why, it’s the asteroid 10 Hygiea, of course!
About six months ago I had an idea for a short story which would be a fresh twist on the standard fare disaster movie. The twist was, of course, that I wrote a story, not a movie. There’s another twist too, but I won’t ruin the ending for you. Our Cosmonauts Are Dying follows astrophysicist Jens Ottosson in the final months of Earth’s existence before impact with the asteroid Hygiea. Jens, who works for the European Space Agency, is the first to spot 10 Hygiea, and as one of few people on Earth who can prevent the extinction of life on the planet, he should be hailed as a hero. Instead, Jens’ rational disposition put him at loggerheads with world media, and he finds himself ostracised as the villain rather than the hero of the piece.
Cosmonauts is a brief, punchy and (I hope) technically accurate dalliance through the realm of world-ending events. It’s backed up by a solid amount of research, such as actual national and international asteroid-impact disaster plans. For me, writing it was kind of like a punch in the heart. It hits plenty of feels as it hurtles towards catastrophe. There’s not much more to say than that! It’s my very first self-published title, which is so exciting that it probably deserves a post all on its own, and I likely will do one to cover the self-publishing process for anyone who is interested in trying that. But for now, that’s it, it’s available here on Amazon, it’s only 99 cents and it’s the perfect story for a Friday afternoon.
Oh! And tell me if you read it. I’ll be super excited. Plus if you post a review on Amazon, I’ll send you a lovely glossy A3 copy of the promotional poster, for free. ❤
About Anneque D. MachelleAnneque "Dangerpus" Machelle (rhymes with ranger wuss) is a rebel and a rogue from way out west. Strictly banned from interactions with other human beings, she spends her days amongst molluscs, dogs and lizards, whom she counts as her closest friends.
Posted on October 4, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged asteroid, cosmonauts, disaster, disaster story, hygiea, malchien, our cosmonauts are dying, sci fi, science fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.