Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Mr. Smith From Corona

Mr. Smith From Corona
Joe Van Cleave001

Post-Script: Perhaps it's the feverish summer weather (actually, it's been rather nice in the high desert this week), or because it's July and with it comes the commemoration of both the Trinity Test and Roswell. I'd like to think, being the rational person I am, that in 1947 the only nuclear-certified and combat-experienced bomber squadron on the world, the 509th Composite Group, happened to be stationed at Roswell Army Air Base. And over in White Sands they were beginning to test German V2 missiles. So perhaps there's nothing more to it, right?

What else happened in 1947 besides (supposedly) Roswell? How about the National Security Act, that created the CIA and NSA. How about the US Air Force becoming its own military branch. Or the US was (supposedly) "enjoying" a global monopoly on nuclear weapons, that would only last another two years. Lots of changes in a short period of time.

But if you're a sci-fi fan like I am, and also a typewriter nerd, you can't help but notice that Corona typewriters and the town of Corona, NM share a common name. And Corona, NM happens to be near one of the supposed crash sites of the 1947 incident. So, naturally, this story comes together with that in mind. This is becoming a theme for my fiction, what you might call typewriter insurgency fiction. Is that yet a thing?

One thing I love about sci-fi is it doesn't have to be realistic, though in order to be successful it does rely on realistic characters.

This is my entry of Typing Assignment No.18, on the theme of sci-fi. If you're so inclined, write up a one-page sci-fi story on a typewriter and post a scan of the piece to a publically-accessible photo hosting website, then post the link to your image in the comments section of this YouTube video. Deadline is this coming Sunday, July 29. I hope to see your story in the upcoming review video. Until then, keep watching the skies, and be careful out there!

Story first-drafted on SCM Skyriter, completed on Royal QDL.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Ted said...

You might burn the Phoenix Clackers, but they will always rise anew from the ashes! :D

1:07 AM  
Blogger Richard P said...

Excellent! I want this to become a novel! Seriously.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Richard P said...

I enjoyed this one too:
https://diane-maher.com/2018/07/22/typing-assignment-18-science-fiction/

5:57 PM  
Blogger Ted said...

My submission (:
http://munk.org/typecast/2018/07/28/starsent-an-alien-invasion-science-fiction-story-for-joe-vc-typing-assignment-no-18/

6:32 PM  

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