I stumbled across a story-a-week-style science-fiction site many years ago, read hundreds of pieces from the archives, then somehow lost track of it. I'd love to find it again but have no idea where to start looking.

  • I think it had a number in the name—something like "1000 Futures", but that specifically isn't it.
  • It probably dates back to the early 2000s, if not earlier—I came across it around 2005-2010.
  • It had an extensive archive—long enough that I got less than a third of the way through it over the course of several months.
  • The stories were by a variety of authors, but I recognized at least 3-4 distinctive styles and series of stories set in the same world, so there were clearly some staff writers or regular contributors.

Pieces I remember included:

  • A story (maybe several) using the spindizzy concept from James Blish's Cities in Flight et al. One of these stories also included a special explosive whose blast is always perpendicular to the local gravity field, cutting down trees and such without marking the ground.
  • A story where a man falls through a tunnel that leads to a parallel world, in which motors and generators were never invented but the inhabitants have mastered electrostatics to an incredible degree—instead of propellers they use charged grids to propel ionized air, they can precisely manipulate the shape of clouds of charged gas (which they use to distribute a knockout gas), etc.
  • Another man-ends-up-in-parallel-world story: Automation is nonexistent and the residents are struggling to keep up with the maintenance/operation of equipment to beat back an ever-encroaching jungle. The visitor introduces simple concepts like the flyball governor and revolutionizes their industry.
  • A series of descriptions of fantastical cities—sense-of-wonder pieces with no real plot. My memory of this is very vague, unfortunately.
  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. This sounds like a fan-fiction site, as opposed to a library of stories by recognized authors. Is that the case? – DavidW Jul 26 '19 at 14:37
  • @DavidW maybe not fan-fiction, rather regular fiction (not in an already-existing universe). Daniel, do you happen to remember anything about what the site looked like? – Jenayah Jul 26 '19 at 14:45
  • 1
    DavidW, no, not fan fiction, but I don't think they were by "recognized authors" necessarily—a lot of them might have been open submissions, though there were definitely some recurring authors. – Daniel Slomovits Jul 27 '19 at 1:51
  • 1
    Jenayah, it's been so long I'm pretty vague, but I remember a blue-ish theme, and the archives page was one looooooooong list, not paginated. If they haven't changed the design it would look pretty dated these days. – Daniel Slomovits Jul 27 '19 at 1:59
  • drewbenn, definitely not all by the same author—there were some regular authors, but probably many dozens contributed at least one story. – Daniel Slomovits Jul 27 '19 at 1:59

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.