Microcosms 141

Welcome back, flashionistas. For your delight and delectation, we present Microcosms Round 141.

This week, we pay homage to Herbert George (H. G.) Wells, born on this day — 21-SEP — in 1866. Ranked among the fathers of science fiction, he was a prolific author in many genres, a prophetic social critic and a futurist. The elements are taken from a selection of his works:

  • 1895 – The Time Machine
  • 1900 – Love and Mr Lewisham
  • 1905 – Kipps
  • 1908 – The War in the Air
  • 1910 – The History of Mr Polly
  • 1910 – The Sleeper Awakes



(If YOU have an idea for a future contest and would like to be a guest host, please contact us.)

Our contest this week begins with THREE things: character, location and genre.

We spun, and our three elements are – Bicycle Engineer; Suburbs; Romance

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 – character, location and genre. You can keep clicking until you have a set of elements that inspires you.

*** HEY! Remember to include which THREE elements you’re using AND a title for your entry – not included in the word count.


  • Inventor
  • Science Student
  • Apprentice
  • Bicycle Engineer
  • Gentleman’s Outfitter
  • Plutocrat
  • Dinner Party
  • Séance
  • Drapery Bazaar
  • Suburbs
  • Edwardian England
  • London
  • Steampunk
  • Romance
  • Coming-of-Age Story
  • Adventure
  • Memoir
  • Dystopian Sci-Fi



One of last week’s Community Picks, Alva Holland, has kindly agreed to act as the judge this time around.


REMEMBER: all submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length (excluding the title).

You have just 24 hours until midnight, today (Friday, 21-SEP) New York time (EST) to write and submit your masterpiece.

*** If you are new to Microcosms, remember to check out the full submission guidelines. ***

All being well, results will be posted next Monday.

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