Stop me if you’ve heard this one by KC Ball is a story about cruelty, phobia of germs and the ramifications of situational comedy, in regards to interspecies’ culture. It’s also kind of horrifying.
“So, like, this little green dude walks at the bar…”
Augie hates germs. He makes sure he keeps his place clean, cleaner than it ought to be, so he won’t ever have to deal with them. But Augie knows that you can’t escape every kind of germ. There are immortal bacteria in Lagrange space, drifting on comet-dust. There are indestructible patches of fungi, shedding off the hulls of spaceships. Some of them, the aliens bring with them.
And Augie knows all there is to know about aliens.
Disinfectant can only take you so far…
Stop Me If You’ve Heard this one would make a great scifi sketch. It’s short, it’s cruel, it packs a mean punch and above all, it rolls right down your head like a screaming fat man.
KC Ball does a great job at depicting characters, setting up a story, playing out a mystery and then finally paying off in such a short time. It also helps that her final segment of the story is trippy as all hell and adds that particular insult to the injury your mind’s just sustained.
The short of it:
- 3000 words
- KC Balls has also written a book. It’s called Lifting Up Veronica.
- If you ever see her in person, check behind her ears for seams.
- If she tries to hide them, run.
- You can read the story online on Waylines magazine, by following this here link.
Konstantine Paradias is a Greek science fiction and fantasy writer. He has a blog, called Shapescapes (shapescapes). He’s also hard at work writing a book about Mongols in Zastavas, tearing through Asia all the way to your back yard. He has been offered a chance to know the moment of his demise, which he described as ‘hillarious’.
For comments or plain old contact, you can find him at firstname.lastname@example.org