Quercus 2 – The Spike – Contents
I have no stories for this part of the site yet. But I will.
Story 1 by an author who understands what I mean by The Spike
Story 2 by an author who understands what I mean by The Spike
Quercus 2 – The Spike and Other Stories
These are the non-themed stories for Quercus 2
Story 1 outside the theme for this issue
Story 2 outside the them of The Spike
Quercus 2 – The Spike
Each issue of Quercus-SF has a theme. However, the idea is to stimulate writers, not to constrain them, so if they don't write to the theme but still come up with a good story, they will be included in the Other Stories section.
The theme this time is The Spike.
What do I mean by The Spike? More to the point, what could you mean by The Spike?
Quercus 1 – and Other Stories
These are the non-themed stories for our first collection
Lavie Tidhar – The Secret Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Carmelo Rafala – Wild Seed
Geoff Ryman – No Bad Thing
James Lovegrove – The Last Change
More great fiction will be added here soon
Martin Isitt – A Bridge To Nowhere
More great authors, more great stories soon
Each issue of Quercus-SF will have a theme. However, the idea is to stimulate writers, not to constrain them, so if they don't write to the theme but still come up with a good story, they will be included in the Other Stories section.
The theme this time is Brighton's infamous West Pier. It opened in the late nineteenth century and was the place for elegant promenading for the first half of the twentieth. It was used as a set for many films including Oh, What A Lovely War and Brighton Rock but fell into disuse and decay and was closed to the public in 1974
Since then it has been hit by a barge that tore loose from its tow in a storm and had its central and landward ends demolished to keep the public off. There has been a great deal of activity to try to get it renovated, but last year the concert hall partially collapsed into the sea. Arsonists then set fire to the grand hall. The conflagration proved impossible to control and the entire wooden structure was destroyed, save one tiny booth, leaving the steel skeleton standing in the sea.
Vandals then set fire to the concert hall, but this fire failed to take and the structure was only partially burned. The lottery grant for the pier's renovation was rescinded and now there seems little hope and the pier is fated finally to be demolished. Or will someone come up with some grand new plan?
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