SFFS 08/10/2013

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Good day all! It’s another week of SFFS, and a challenge to use the cue word ‘suns’. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

Because of the cue word, I’m stepping away from my Fear sketch to bring you a snip (in its entirety) called Galactic Soup. And yes, I totally chose the cue word so that I could post this, lol! It’s pretty much as is. All the context I have is that the viewer is on a spaceship, and is running a pet project of his. The ‘galactic soup’ is displayed in a 3-D viewing tank. So here goes.

At that moment, I felt I was staring into a maelstrom of galactic soup. Stars exploded, dying colourfully, while others were born in the nurseries. The time lapse spun the galaxy in the tank, swirling the eddies and tides like so many fingers. As the centuries spun by, the galaxy shrank until all the suns, planets and debris were swallowed by the super-massive black hole in the centre. In a perfect universe, maybe.

Please tell me what your thoughts are, and then head over to the SFFS blog to read snippets from the other fab authors who take part in this ring!


About Laurel C Kriegler

A born and bred South African, I was educated at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, where I graduated with an Honours Degree (post-graduate) in Economics at the end of 2001. After spending several years gaining work experience in the UK, I returned to South Africa to get married. It was during the ensuing period that my pursuits of writing and editing took hold.
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12 Responses to SFFS 08/10/2013

  1. Peter Vialls says:

    I like it! Not that I want to be eaten by a super-massive black hole, you understand… And I suspected there had to be a reason for the cue word this week – managed to sneak it into my snippet (don’t compare it with the print version…). I like the fingers swirling the galactic soup – nice image!


    • Thanks Peter. The cue words do allow for new material, you know, lol! They were meant to be a writing prompt for those who haven’t got new material 🙂 One doesn’t have to fit existing material to suit.


  2. S.A. Check says:

    Laurel – there are so many great things going on here – from the term galactic soup (I can’t help picture an interstellar Marx Bros), to the nurseries for stars, to the visual of this all happening in the tank. Very cool imagery throughout.


  3. Tara Quan says:

    It sounds beautiful. Definitely not what I expected from galactic soup. I particularly liked “swirling the eddies and tides like so many fingers”–the imagery is vivid and you’re not using any words I’d normally associate with sci-fi.


  4. T.K. Toppin says:

    You had me at “Galactic Soup.” Love this, love this, love this! More please!


  5. Beautiful description. Sounds like Hubble images.


  6. I keep picturing a supreme being acting as a chef while reading your piece. Nicely done!


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