Six Sentence Sunday – Mechaniborg

Here is a six sentence excerpt from a steampunk story I am currently working on, a sort of transsexual “Six Million Dollar Man” called “Mechaniborg”…


I turned towards the seam of coal and he screwed the lines into the side of the drill, the hot incoming steam furthest from me. I shook my body carefully, allowing the various parts of the rig to settle upon my frame, and then I pulled the trigger for an instant, so that the noise of its operation would warn anyone nearby that steam was in motion. Then I brought the drill up to full speed and attacked the coal.

From that point on I can relate nothing sensible. When one is working at the coalface it is simply a series of sensory impressions; there is noise, choking heat, and darkness. All that I do recall is the shift halting, as usual, thrice for water and easement breaks, and once for us to eat our greasy pies; and so it must have been close to the end of the shift when disaster struck.


About dmlbooks

Dennis M. Lane is a British writer who left the shores of the UK in 1986 and hasn’t looked back since; he has now lived in South Africa for eleven years. His first poetry collection “8 Million Stories” was published in November 2010, followed by the collection of science fiction poetry and short stories “The Poring Dark” in September 2012 (two of the poems have been nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award and another for the Dwarf Stars Award), his first novel “Talatu” in March 2013, and “The King’s Jewel” the first book in the five novel “Helix Key” series in August 2013. He is currently working on Helix Key Book 2 and a second collection of short stories (entitled "The Unmedicated"). When not writing, Dennis enjoys narrating and voice acting and recently set up Dramatic Voice Productions in order to take his interest further. To relax Dennis watches old movies from his extensive DVD collection, his three loves being science fiction B movies, Hong Kong martial arts, and anime. He has been presenting “A Review from the Jacaranda City” since May 2011 and has looked at classic old movies from “On The Beach” to “Creature from the Black Lagoon”.
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