– Finalist in the global Hugh Howey Booktrack competition –
They started with five hundred, but their numbers are decreasing every day. Exponentially.
Science Officer Brent and Medical Officer Kelley are tasked with discovering who – or what – is picking off colonists from their expeditionary settlement on the seeming Eden of this alien planet.
But science and logic are no match for their rapacious nemesis, as they race to find a solution before their colony becomes unviable and the unthinkable becomes reality.
* British English spelling and grammar
* PG / PG-13 content
* This is a short story of approximately 5,000 words / 20 pages
“The Final Solution” was a finalist in the Hugh Howey / Booktrack fanfic short story competition, and is set in a new colony in the “Half Way Home” universe, with Hugh’s kind permission.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
“The Final Solution” was a finalist in a short story competition run by Booktrack and Hugh Howey to write a story in his “Half Way Home” universe.
My other entry (“Nobody’s Hero”) was about two minor characters in Hugh’s story, so with this one I decided to write about a brand new colony on a different planet.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
When I write I always have an idea of the overall plot arc and the ending. With a short story in particular, it’s important not to waste any words, so I chose the main character that I thought could have most influence over the story that I wanted to write.
Around him, I needed supporting characters that would add to the story, within the guidelines set up by Hugh in his “Half Way Home” novel. Because my main character, Brent, is one of the senior staff, then, naturally, the people he dealt with would also be senior staff – and those would be the ones with the facts, insights and know-how to deal with what was going on on their planet…
“Is it true what they’re saying around camp?” the dark-haired guard asked as we strode along the path in the fading light.
“What’s that, Hickson?” I replied.
“That someone in the colony is— um— a vampire?”
“You should know better than to listen to rumours,” I told him. But secretly, I’d been wondering the same thing.
A finalist in the global Hugh Howey Booktrack competition, Roz lives in Scotland with her husband and the obligatory dog and cat. Her writing experience includes screenwriting, songwriting, web pages and even sentiments for greeting cards!
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