Where's The Science Fiction?


Where’s the Science Fiction?
by Ellie Garratt

Thank you for hosting me, EJ. Today is the last day of my Passing Time Blog Tour. Where did the time go?

I guess most people looking at my Blog, Goodreads, Facebook or Google+ accounts will be used to seeing my spacewoman avatar. Although I write both science fiction and horror, I’ve always been crazy about science fiction. Star Trek. Battlestar Galactica. NASA. Space Camp. Dr. Who. The list goes on. I love anything to do with space or the unknown. So I’m sure some people have looked at my dark fiction story collection, Passing Time, and wondered what happened to the science fiction stories.

Well they are coming…in time. Taking Time is a collection of previously published and unpublished sci-fi stories, launching July 1st this year. It’s not a collection of alien abduction or time travel tales–it’s so much more. Here’s a teaser from one of the stories, Schrodinger’s Gamble:

“Take a seat, Charles. There are a few things we need to discuss,” the female says with an exasperated tone to her voice.

I stay standing.

Ignoring my failure to sit, she continues. “The thing is safety–your safety. We couldn’t possibly leave you out there to be savaged by The Fleet. Have you any idea of the tactics those friendly-faced terraformers would use to get your ticket? The deceit they would employ to pass themselves off as you? No. And we won’t even start talking about the dictators on Gemini I and II. So for your safety–for everyone’s safety–the draw is pre-determined.”

“Pre-determined?”

“You don’t think we leave it to chance do you? Let a random person or group of people win a planet. Considerable research and thought goes into deciding who is the best candidate for the job. Of course there have been mistakes–the first planet and the isolationists–but on the whole I think we got it right.”

“Job?”

“You don’t get it for nothing, young man,” the taller male answers.
I can’t believe what I’m hearing. “But I haven’t got it for nothing. I’ve spent the last seventeen years living on only half my food and water rations. I’d hardly call that nothing.”

I hope my teaser as wetted your appetite. I shall be doing a cover reveal in early June, so watch this space for further details. 

EJ Note: Ellie is also the author of the recently released, Passing Time. I've just started reading, but can already highly recommend it to fans of horror and short fiction. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to enter the tour giveaway! Here are the details:


Nine dark fiction stories that may just give you nightmares.

A man lives to regret Passing Time. A father will do anything to save his son in Expiration Date. An author finds out her worst nightmare is back in The Devil’s Song. A woman gets more than the claim fee when she takes out vampire insurance in Luna Black.

In Dining in Hell, the Death Valley Diner becomes the wrong place to stop.

A serial killer wants to add another file to his collection in The Vegas Screamer. In Eating Mr. Bone, an undertaker could meet an unfortunate end. A con man meets his first ghost in Land of the Free. And will truth finally be set free in The Letter?

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About The Author


A life-long addiction to reading science fiction and horror, meant writing was the logical outlet for Ellie Garratt’s passions. She is a reader, writer, blogger, Trekkie, and would happily die to be an extra in The Walking Dead. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online. Passing Time is her first eBook collection and contains nine previously published stories. Her science fiction collection Taking Time will be published later in the year.

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33 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Ellie! Really looking forward to your science fiction collection.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I'm looking forward to CassaStorm!

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  2. Congrats Ellie. Looking forward to reading this book.

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  3. Great to see Ellie here. Cool score for the blog, E.J. :-)

    I look forward to reading Passing Time. Definitely a TBR list climber. And Taking Time sounds like one to hope on my TBR list quick, fast and in a hurry...well, once it's available :-)

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    1. Aw. Thanks, Angela. I shall be working on Taking Time next month.

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  4. Yay for more! I might have to read your stories in the daytime, Ellie. Yeah, I'm a wuss.

    Happy weekend, EJ!

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  5. I think most writers are multi-faceted when it comes to genres we write. Love the excerpt, Ellie! Congrats again!

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    1. Thank you, PK. I think with indie publishing, authors can now write in more than one genre. Great news for all!

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  6. Glad to see you here, Ellie. I like to be able to jump around to different genres. I like all kinds of stories, after all. :)

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  7. Thank you again for hosting me, EJ. It was an honour finishing my blog tour with you.

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  8. Passing Time sounds cool. I love that genre! And that cover is so amazing!!

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  9. I'm going to have to add this to my To Be Read list. That teaser really has me intrigued!

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  10. What an exciting contest/giveaway!

    This set of short stories sounds very good. I like scary books- and this sounds like something I could really get into. Thanks for sharing. I loved hearing from the author. :)
    ~Jess

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  11. Loved the snippet from Taking Time. I've already got my Passing Time book and can't wait to dive into the stories.

    ......dhole

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  12. Go, Ellie! You rock :)
    You, too, E.J.!

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  13. This teaser has definitely caught my attention. I'll be looking forward to Taking Time! :)

    Congratulations on such a successful tour, Ellie. :)

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  14. With the brilliance of the short stories you created, I'm sure the science fiction collection will have me thinking of the best episodes of the Twilight Zone or the Outer Limits.

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  15. I keep seeing this pop up around the web, and it looks like something I'd love. I really need to check it out!

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  16. Congrats to the winners and to Ellie! Heard a lot about Passing Time, and her sci-fi collection sounds intriguing too.

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  17. Congrats, Ellie! This was a wonderful tour and I wish you tons of success with your story.

    Great spotlight posts, E.J.! You are an awesome supporter of our community. :)

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  18. Ellie is so so SO cool. And I'm seriously all swoony over that cover... I mean... yum!!!!!!

    EJ, you are fantastic. This is definitely one of my most favorite places to hang!

    :D

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  19. Ellie: this collection sounds so cool and I love the blurb to your new book. Very tantalizing indeed :) Nice to "meet" you!

    EJ: Thanks for hosting Ellie and introducing her work to us! Great to see you again. I've been away from the blogsphere for far too long!

    Cheers!
    Jen

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  20. Good teaser, Ellie! Congratulations!

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  21. The cover of Passing Time kinda grabs you, doesn't it?

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