Lucas Bale

Award-Winning Speculative Fiction Author

What It Means To Survive – Short Story Coming Soon

I have always wanted to write short stories that have nothing at all to do with Beyond the Wall. Narrow pieces of fiction with a theme, character or setting which excites me. A single pulse which resonates through a story which can be read in a few hours. Science fiction is perfect for stories like that – Philip K. Dick's Adjustment Team and The Minority Report, for example, have been made into big Hollywood films, but there are so many more by him. 

Last week, I wrote an 11,000 word short which I have called What It Means To Survive. This the blurb:

McArthur’s World is a frozen planet which has been bled dry by mineral mining corporations for three decades. When there is nothing left but ice and snow, the last freighter lifts off carrying away every remaining human being. When it crashes in a wilderness no one has ever returned from, there are only two survivors: a miner who wants to get back to the children he has not seen for two years, and the woman who forced him to come to McArthur’s World in the first place.

They think they are alone, until the shrieks in the darkness come.
— What It Means To Survive, by Lucas Bale

I have more to come, perhaps five or six a year, but I loved writing this one. I nestled into a groove and stormed through it. It's with Alex Roddie now for editing, and will be published on November 10th, a week before Defiance comes out. Anyone who subscribes to my mailing list gets it for free. Otherwise, it'll be 99c on Amazon.

Here's the cover:


All words copyright Lucas Bale, 2015