Microcosms 33

It’s August! OK, I admit it has been for some time now; but your host doesn’t even get out in daylight these days, with – cue the violins! – all the burdens of Microcosms administration, let alone get to go away on holiday…

August – certainly in continental Europe – is the time when most paid activity shuts down as people head off to other destinations for R & R. So, thanks to a suggestion from our old pal, Geoff Le Pard, Microcosms 33 looks at summer vacations.

As usual, our contest will begin with three things: character, setting and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are character: Children, setting: Double-Decker Bus, and genre: Science Fiction.

Write a story using those OR feel free to click on the “Spin!” button, and the slot machine will come up with a new set. Be sure to include which three elements you’re using.

  • Road Tripper
  • Sports Fan
  • Flight Attendant
  • Rambler
  • Children
  • Teenager
  • Motel / Guest House
  • Olympic Games
  • Jet Liner
  • Long-Distance Walk
  • Beach
  • Double-Decker Bus
  • Historical Fiction
  • Thriller
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Parody
  • Horror
  • Comedy
  • Fairy Tale


Judging this week is Microcosms 32 Judge’s Pick, Bill Engleson.

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time to submit. (If you are new to Microcosms, check out the full submission guidelines.)

All being well, results will be posted on Monday.


If you like, you may use the following picture to inspire you – purely optional.

"Must tale the nippers to the beach." (Two reasons why I don't swim in the sea now!)

“Must take the nippers to the beach.”
(Two reasons why I don’t swim in the sea now!)

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