louis-malloyLouis MalloyTragedy of the Commons
The subject matter of the story grew out of several ideas which almost certainly came to me during otherwise wasted hours idly browsing the internet. Firstly, ‘Common’ land apparently doesn’t mean that it is pretty much free for anyone to use as they like, which is what I – and the main character in the story – originally thought. Secondly, another quite separate article I read, was about the biggest birds’ nests and how they’re built, which made me wonder if a human could simulate the process. The third, more mundane, starting point was the prohibitive price of property and how desperate people can become when they don’t feel they have a chance of owning a house. So those three ideas combined to become a story about a man who can’t a afford a house and is driven to building a nest on common land, which inevitably ends unhappily.

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michael-nathMichael NathA Modern Adventure
‘A Modern Adventure’ was inspired by a dream of a visit to an island, which seemed to be somewhere like the Orkneys or Shetland, an encounter with dancing girls and difficulties with a ferry. At sunrise, I recorded the dream. Such dreams are a gift really. Who sends them? Two months later, I wrote the dream up as a story, though you could well say it continued dreaming itself, so readily did it appear on paper. The inspiration for La Rochelle was also a dream, though it was not my own.

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