Short Stories by Robin Wyatt Dunn

Sorry for the little break in posts. We went to Gettysburg this past weekend so my daughter could compete in the Level 3 Gymnastics States meet. It was a long drive for us, so we took a couple days and got to visit the Gettysburg National Park visitor center. It did a great job of occupying a morning. Now, on to my Monday short fiction post!

L.A. Actors

Published: May 2013 in Arc 1.4

Genre: science fiction

Length: 7 pages

Setting: Hollywood, in the future

Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: Hollywood is still the king of acting, but now acting is done via someone controlling the nervus (kind of like turning the actor into a marionette). Latchka is one of the best, moving from the acting troupe of the Queen of Spades, to leading his own troupe, to busking on the streets when the revolution happened.

Title comes from: The narrator who was an actor from L.A.

Inside the Crown

Published: May 2013 in The Night Land

Genre: science fiction

Length: 8 pages

Setting: Redoubt One, sometime in the far future

Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: It purports to be a translation of a broadcast from someone who plans to take over the Redoubt.

Title comes from: I don’t know since I couldn’t read far enough to figure it out.

Final thoughts: I didn’t really enjoy either of these stories. I found the settings too odd and off-putting. The type of acting described in L.A. Actors would be avant garde pieces now that I’m sure I would watch and just be confused. Inside the Crown was even more difficult to understand and get into. The narrator kept jumping around between pieces of his story and I didn’t understand any of them, let alone how they worked together. Not my style at all.


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