TWA #16 – Wide Open Spaces

AgoraphobiaGreetings short story lovers. Please close the door tightly behind you.

This week the arena has been pondering wide open spaces…and why someone might be terrified by them.

Agoraphobia is a condition in which a person frequently suffers from panic attacks in an environment that they deem as unsafe or uncomfortable, often due to that place being open or crowded. In extreme cases this can lead to a person being unwilling to leave their home as that is the only place they feel safe.

And so it must be for a character in our authors’ tales this week.

The arena has demanded a story in which a character is too scared to leave his or her house. The danger they sense may be very real, very weird, or very much all in their head, but stepping outside must be utterly out of the question.

This week we have Tony Southcotte representing the arena.

Challenging him is Scotch Frye:

Scotch FryeScotch Frye is a cyborg, and so are you. He was constructed to serve as the fiction writing alter-ego of a doctoral candidate in a sociology department in the Washington, DC area. He studies science and technology, power, and resistance. He blogs about writing and politics and society and culture at He tweets at @fryescotch. He is making it all up as he goes along. He is learning all the time. He is genuinely glad to meet you.

The battle of wide open spaces begins tomorrow!

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