TWA #86 – UFOs

“Maconochie Man” by Albert Berg


“The Lights of Wasashe Springs” by Donald Uitvlugt


UFO Stories MainGreetings, short story lovers, and welcome to this week’s mystery prompt.

Oh, we know what you’re thinking. “UFOs? But hasn’t the arena had aliens in it many times before?”

Yes. Yes we have. But who said anything about aliens?

After all a UFO is merely an unidentified flying object. Something as explainable as Haley’s Comet was a UFO at one point, and that’s the crux of this prompt. Our authors have to give us a literal unidentified flying object. They have to give us wonder or fear as one of their characters experiences the unknown, a mystery, something that can not be explained in the skies.

It doesn’t have to stay a mystery for the entirety of their tale, mind you, and it can even turn out to truly be aliens. But their story must revolve around something that, at least for part of the time, is a UFO.

Who will crash at Roswell and who will sail off into the star-lit sky?

Let’s find out!

Albert Berg represents the arena this month with “Maconochie Man.”

Donald Uitvlugt is entering the arena as an author this week instead of judging, and he brings us “The Lights of Wasashe Springs.”

The UFO Battle is on!

We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.

And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).

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