Genreality by Jarrid Deaton is a story that is very hard to classify as science fiction, but it can’t really fit any other genre, except for the x-treme META market that’s been dominating fiction as of late.
It’s a gun, Frank. A gun that shoots stories.
Istman has spent twenty years of his life and the better part of his career developing his ‘Noir-Gun’, a highly experimental device that allows for a minor shift in reality toward the noir genre of crime fiction, in exchange for a bit of blood. Pratter, his decades-long colleague and soon-to-be-victim, never put too much stock into it, until Istman decides to kill him, using the ‘Noir-Gun’s’ properties to turn him into a faceless murder victim in order to steal his wife, as per story protocol.
So I said hey babe, take a walk on the wild side…
Genreality is a very short story that knows exactly the kind of point it wants to drive across, using a narrative with the density of a collapsing star. It sets up its story, premise, characters and resolves itself in 300 glorious words, without once ceasing the flow of awesome from your eyeballs to your brain.
But I’ll be honest here: this story is extremely meta and is obviously not for everyone. What some may consider a perfect example of applied demolition of the fourth wall, others may take as a pretentious exhibition of moustache-twirling. Like many great stories of this particular denomination, Genreality needs to be taken with about a kilo of salt but goddamn, is it worth it.
Table of Contents:
- 300 words
- No expense spared
- Available for free online via Space Squid Webzine, here: http://www.spacesquid.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/10/Squid9-mailable.pdf
- But you should honestly take a moment and just read into some of the previous issues, cause there’s tons of awesome in there.
- You can find more of Jarrid’s stuff and his true nature here: http://fictionaut.com/users/jarrid-deaton
Konstantine Paradias is a Greek science fiction and fantasy writer. He has a blog, called Shapescapes (shapescapes). There, you can find comic book and movie reviews, a collection of his short stories as well as lots of other (slightly unrelated) articles to while away the time. When he was a kid, he wanted to be a supervillain because he like, didn’t need your laws, man. He got over it when he got older.
For comments or plain old contact, you can find him at firstname.lastname@example.org