Heavy Plant Crossing


(Copyright Randy Maizie)

(This is another Friday Fictioneers (http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=342043) submission.  Technically, it’s my first foray into science fiction,  though proper sci-fi writers needn’t lose any sleep. After being quite cavalier with the word count in my previous stories, I’ve managed to get this one down to 100 words exactly.

By the way, if anyone’s interested and if it’s not a breach of FF rules to plug another piece of writing, the first 10 chapters of my NaNaWriMo project can be found here: http://authonomy.com/books/56915/don-t-carp-marley-tiffin/ . I’d welcome any feedback though I’m genuinely not bothered about reaching the Editor’s Desk.

Hope you enjoy the story.  All the best.)

The  resistance was grinding to a halt until someone had the idea of using genetic engineering. We thought we’d seen the future.

Then someone had the bright idea of splicing Triffids and Vogons.   On paper,  it should have worked.  We’d be able to occupy the capital without firing a single shot if we had an army of punctillious, highly intelligent, sentient plants. 

But then we decided we’d teach them to read.  Bad move.  To those guys, if the sign says ‘No Trespassing’, it means ‘No trespassing’.   Next time, we’ll have to train the alligators in the sewer to bear arms.



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13 responses to “Heavy Plant Crossing

  1. kz

    no, no… don’t ever give weapons to alligators! highly imaginative, well done 🙂

  2. She’s right. They’re not trustworthy. And unteachable.

  3. My non-sci-fi background is showing here because I had to look up Triffids and Vogons. Sounds like splicing them together would be a really bad idea. As for the alligators, maybe the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be a safer bet. 🙂


  4. Unfortunately, the Vogons would have noticed the spelling error in the word Trespassing and complaints would have been filed, duplicated, sent out for approval, misfiled, lost completely, re-discovered, re-certified, buried in peat moss for six months and then finally filed for review. They’re a very officious and beaurocratic race, don’t you know.

  5. I’m one of those people who ain’t got enough cents but to spell sh*t with to TTs. Don’t geb me no crap bout my spellin’.
    P.S. – I laacked yur storie 🙂

  6. Dear Etienne,

    So genetic engineering leads to bad spelling. I knew this was something to avoid. Good one.



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