Copyright © 1986-2009 Mark A Lindner
Here are some selected stories and poems from my scrapbook, which
unfortunately contains only a very small subset of the many odd or
outright bizarre stories I wrote during my childhood and high school
years; much of that other work is lost forever. Luckily, I had enough
foresight as a kid to save some of my work, and here are a few
of my favorite pieces.
- Alfredo's Lost Cause
- A rather grim and (as its title suggests) pointless
narrative, written for an assignment in a high school creative writing
class. The first paragraph had been provided by the teacher; the task
was to evolve a story from it.
- Metallium III
- A logbook-style account of an emergency landing on a
strange planet infested with mechanical creatures. I'm not sure
exactly when I wrote this story, or whether I did it for fun or for an
assignment. Could Metallium III be planet Earth, in a distant
future where machines have outbid fleshy creatures in the game of
- A very short story I clacked out on my old manual
Smith Corona typewriter on a cold winter night in Idaho. I went
through a lot of ribbons on that typewriter; I wonder if my parents
still have that ugly thing.
- Five Thousand Forty
- A story that is (intentionally) replete with
contradictions; written for a creative writing assignment in the 8th
grade. It takes place in the year 5040, in a world when everybody will
presumably use big words and sound intellectual and robotic.
- The Old Man Speaks of Wars
- Another morbid, post-apocalyptic vision of an
invasion on a planetary scale. This poem was a spinoff of a much more
ambitious project that never materialized: a novel that explored
humankind's destructive, expansionist, anthropocentric
tendencies. Once we develop a method of interstellar travel and
discover habitable planets in our vicinity, will we perpetuate our
corrupt morality by trampling all over the indigenous species in our
endless quest to expand and multiply, as we've been doing on
- Time Warps, Showers, and Washing Machines
- On a lighter side, here is one of a short series of
articles that I wrote for my high school's newspaper. It explores the
possibility of time travel (a topic of endless fascination for me)
using common household appliances.
- A Narrative of Kat
- Sometimes it's fun to switch perspective and look at
things from a slightly different angle. Here's a little piece about
the world as seen through the intelligent eyes of the cat.
I may eventually publish more of my scrapbook online. And of course,
although I have taken a very lengthy respite from pursuing my
interests in writing fiction, I'm by no means done for good. I've got
plenty of ideas that will eventually end up on paper.