THE DRABBLE PROJECT
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DRABBLE II: DOUBLE CENTURY



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DRABBLE WHO
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The Drabble Project was the winner of the 1989 Eastercon Award for Short Text.

A history of the birth of the Drabble phenomena is to be found on Rob Meades' website. Rob was co-editor of the 1st two Drabble Books.



"I don't normally do this sort of thing, but I couldn't resist the challenge." Isaac Asimov




DRABBLE RULES FOR
THE ONE HUNDRED WORD STORY

Introduction
Drabble is played sitting around a fire, while sipping fine brandy and partaking of pleasant conversation with friends. The first person to complete their novel wins.

A Doubtful History
The first game of Drabble, a name coined in a Monty Python sketch, was played at the start of the nineteenth century. The winner was Mary Shelley with Frankenstein and Polidori, who didn't actually finish during that stormy weekend, came second with The Vampyre.

The Rules
"One hundred words" must be EXACTLY one hundred words: not a syllable more, not a letter less. In addition, up to fifteen words are allowed for titles, subtitles etc. Hyphenated-words-are-argued-about.




DRABBLE HISTORY ONE: BLIND FAITH

When Rob and Dave "invented" the new literary form, the DRABBLE, in the Birmingham University SF Society they had no idea where it would lead. Their initial thought of a small fanzine with a dozen or so stories was soon left far behind.With their hearts in their mouths and their hands in their pockets they approached Roger at BECCON Publications, and together this trio launched themselves into the unknown by committing themselves to publish a book containing 100 drabbles.With much trepidation The Drabble Project was published on April Fool's Day 1988 in a limited edition of 1000 copies.


DRABBLE HISTORY TWO: REALISED HOPES

The Drabble Project met with much favourable comment and a little ill feeling - coming from some authors who missed the opportunity to submit stories for selection. The success of the first book together with the impetus from these aggrieved authors, both amateur and professional, prompted the same team to publish more selections of drabbles. The idea of drabble writing has spread far and wide, and we have heard of drabble workshops in both Russia and America. Competitions for aspiring drabble writers have been run by several different organisations, and some prize winners are included in Double Century and Drabble Who.


DRABBLE HISTORY THREE: SWEET CHARITY

All the authors in the three books submitted their stories under the clear understanding that they would receive no payment other than one copy of the book. ALL profits from the venture would be donated to charity. The chosen recipient is the Royal National Institute for the Blind's "Talking Book" Library. This library contains more than 7000 titles recorded on special tapes, and caters for the 225,000 registered blind and partially sighted people in England, Scotland and Wales. The cost of recording each book is currently ú500, and the Drabble Project is pleased to have raised over ú3000 for charity.




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Contents list for the three DRABBLE books

THE DRABBLE PROJECT

Rob Meades
Introduction
David B. Wake
Drabble Rules: The One Hundred Word Variant
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Michael Abbott
The Bomb Had Been Dropped
Michael Abbott
Ghost Soldier
Michael Abbott
How Odd
Brian W. Aldiss
Happiness and Suffering, the Triumph of La Vie over Death
Allman
Eyes Shining Light
Brian Ameringen
A Molecular Chip on the Helical Curve
Brian Ameringen
Seed Crystals in a Universal Lattice
Isaac Asimov
The Turning Point
Janet Asimov
The Human Condition
Nigel Bannerman
Prometheus III
Barrington J. Bayley
When They Asked Him What Happens
John Brunner
The Story of the Stellar Saurians
Edward Bryant
A Functional Proof of Immortality
Ken Bulmer
Brother Can You Spare a Word
Michael Cobley
Concrete Fire
Helen Conner
Faith
Helen Conner
Away from it all
Helen Conner
Rose Brut
Helen Conner
Plus ca Change
Storm Constantine
They Hunt...
Nigel Cordon
Human Clone and Android Automation: Are They Child or Creation? Work Designed with Monstrous Imagination
Ian Cresswell
A Short Disservice to the Uncertainty Principle
Patrick Curzon
The Striker, Struck
W. P. Dodd
An Apple from the Teacher
Nigel Dorrington
The Court Martial
Phil Drabble
Contribution from Himself
David Elworthy
The Gateless Gate
Paul Di Filippo
Triplets
Robert L. Forward
IIXXT-
R. A. Fox
The Cohen-Dolby Intelligent Noise Filter
Stephen Gallagher
Mousetrap
Ray Girvan
The Mantra
Ray Girvan
To the Onlie Begetter
Ray Girvan
The New Klir Power Source
John Grant
On and on and on and on and...
Colin Greenland
Off the Case
Colin Greenland
The Disemboguement
John Gribbin
The Moment of Creation
Mary Gribbin
Home at Last, in a Cottage by the Sea
Dave Hardy
Fast Rewind
Harry Harrison
The Curse of the Unborn Living Dead
Robert Holdstock
A Letter from Robert Holdstock
Mike Ibeji
The Least of my Children
Mike Ibeji
Full Independent Entitlement Numbering
Fifteen, Possessing Absolutely No Textual
Associations Whatsoever, Was Only Just
Accomplished
Amy Jones
The Last Resort
Gwyneth Jones
One of Sandy's Dreams
Garry Kilworth
A Journey to the Last Wonder of the World
Alice Kohler
The Innocent
David Langford
When in Doubt, Plagiarize
Duncan Lunan
"'Tirra lirra', by the River, Sang Sir Lancelot."
Duncan Lunan
Landscape Modification in the Vicinity of Highgate Cemetery
Sam J. Lundwall
A Moderately Dull Day in the Life of a Bored Demi-God. A Short Moral Tale
K. C. Mann
A Tale the English used to Tell
T. I. Maude
Inside
T. I. Maude
First Contact
Nigel McFarlane
Network
Graham McKinnon
Said One Man
Graham McKinnon
For Her
Graham McKinnon
Fragile Gold
Larry Niven
Next Time
David Pearce
Shrapnel
E. Miriam Kamp Pedersen
It is Always too Late
E. Miriam Kamp Pedersen
A Modern Joseph
Geoffrey Pitchford
Barrier
Charles Platt
Skiffygram: Fifty Science-Fictional Concepts in 100 Words
Alan Poppitt
In Man's Image
Terry Pratchett
Incubust
Mike Roberts
Gottle of Geer
Nigel Robson
Once Upon a Time, Long, Long, Ago...
Phil Rogers
A French Family of Cats...
Marcus L. Rowland
After the Flying Mutant Killer Gerbils Destroyed London and Squashed the Prime Minister
Tony Rubin
The Message
Tony Rubin
The Impossible Dream
Josephine Saxton
Too Late
Alison Scott
When I Grow Up...
Bob Shaw
Parallel Evolution
Brian M. Stableford
Going to the Dogs
Jane Stableford
Why There are No Angels on this Planet
Leo M. Stableford
Close Encounter
James Steel
The Herd
James Steel
More Dumb Monsters
James Steel
The Return of Digby Sponge
Alex Stewart
Starsong
Mike Tebby
Tea for One
Mike Tebby
Cosmic Solitude
Mike Tebby
Burn
Mike Tebby
Aardvark Extremism is Obviously Undesirable
Ray Thompson
The Pruesome Gun
Patrick Tilley
TO WHOEVER FINDS THIS NOTE, HOLE DUG BEHIND HOUSE, PLEASE SHOVEL EARTH BACK IN
E. C. Tubb
The Very Small Knife
E. C. Tubb
As It Really Was
David B. Wake
Rubbish
David B. Wake
Pyro
David B. Wake
(Strike the CR Key to Continue)
Jaine Weddell
10 Metres per Second per Second
Christopher Wilson
Yesterday's Problem
Christopher Wilson
If You Believe in the Future, It Might Come True
David Wingrove
Avenging Lepanto - the Long View
Gene Wolfe
Read Me
Jonathan Wylie
The Young Rosie, Convinced by Bees

DRABBLE II:
DOUBLE CENTURY

Rob Meades
Introduction
David B. Wake
Drabble Rules: The One Hundred Word Variant
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Michael Abbott
Foresight
Joan Aiken
Devil's Food
Suna Akiah
A Warning to All Those Who Think They Know Market Research Blindfolded
Brian Ameringen
TANSTAAFL
Margaret Anstis
Desolation for a Day
K. V. Bailey
Ignis Fatuus
Barrington J. Bayley
Galimatias
Sue Beasley
Out of the Fire Into the Frying Pan
Steven J. Blyth
The Night has a Thousand Eyes
Frances Bonner
I Think, In Due Course, I Am
Sydney J. Bounds
Drink to the Good Old Days
Thelma Bradford
The Family
D. M. Broomfield
The Lovable Escort
Eric Brown
The Meaning of Life
Steve Bull
The Wish of the Conqueror
Chris Bunt
Cordon Blues
Jonathan Carroll
Untitled
James Cawthorn
Life Story
C. J. Cherryh
A Much Briefer History of Time
Tony Chester
Just the Way You Are
Arthur C. Clarke
Tales from the "White Hart", 1990: The Jet-Propelled Time Machine
John Clute
The Knight Orpheus
Michael G. Coney
An Entry in the Galactic Wildlife Encyclopedia, Copyright 2046
Gaynor Coules
Evolution
Cardinal Cox
If God Used One Hundred Words, Would We Have a Drabible?
Steve Davies
Untitled
Colin P. Davies
Doctor Livingston, I Assume!
Eve Devereux
Word-Processor
Betty Dibb
At the Third Stroke
Pauline E. Dungate
Found Inscribed on the Back of a Rather Dirty Postcard
Stephen R. Ealey
Nascent
Marion Edwards
Tapestry
Ru Emerson
Shapeshifters' Duel
Nicholas Emmett
Fear
Serena M. Evans
The Cage
Christopher Fowler
Turnabout is Fare Paid
Neil Gaiman
Nicholas Was...
David S. Garnett
The Spaceshop
Peter T. Garratt
Millenium Ends: Natural Generosity Entails Lawbreaker's Escape
Jennifer Gee
Ten
Mary Gentle
Ambitions
Violet C. Gowans
The Reunion
Ben Gribbin
Colony
Julie Grosvenor
Casting Stones
Joe W. Haldeman
Untitled
Anne Harcourt
Watershed
Dave Hardy
Deja Vu
Peter Heavyside
Hundredfold
Liz Honeywill
Colours
Maxim Jakubowski
Around the Heart World in One Hundred Words
Steve Jones
Ecology of the Dwarf Elf
Elsie W. K. Donald
Poor Soul
David Langford
A Surprisingly Common Omission
Sarah Lefanu
The Mother's Dream
Catherine Lilley
A Woman of Too Few Words
Charles de Lint
The Wild Girl
John Lydecker
Goosechaser
Ken Mann
Aesthetics: An Objective View
Angus McAllister
Complex Persecution
Brenda McCallum
On Ordering a Gas Fire
Jennifer McGowan
Hide'n'Seek
Helen McNabb
If Wishes Were Horses
Kenn Moyer
Slow
Peter Negus
Consolidated Holdings in Church Takeover?
Cecil Nurse
Death by Strangulation
S. V. O'Jay
The First Impossible Mission
Jan Palmer
The Trouble with Being a Woman
The Peace and Love Corporation
Whatever Happened to Mr. Spock
Abe Pirani
Alex Calder's Mobile Worlds. Interwaterfall Three: Spiral Arm Four
Rachel Pollack
General All Purpose Fairy Tale
Elizabeth Rothwell
The Tryst
Andy Sawyer
The Science Fiction Writer Flicks Through the Advertisements in Search of Inspiration
Alison Scott
BECCON Publications Cross-Over
Carol Shetler
A Genie's Fondest Wish
John Sladek
Radio Cats
Kate Soley
The Wyvern's Hoard
Jane Stableford
Sex Lives of Housewives
Katherine M. Stableford
Paradiso
Leo M. Stableford
Inferno
Brian M. Stableford
Purgatorio
Christopher Stasheff
How the Rebellion Came to a Shuddering Halt
Jim Steel
Be Prepared
Bruce Sterling
Endangered Species
John Stewart
Best Before
David Symes
With Apologies to Fredric Brown
Fay Symes
Action and Reaction
Steve Rasnic Tem
The Adoptions
Philip Vine
Countdown
Jonathan Waite
From the Foam, Aphrodite
Winifred Wake
Only Family?
Dai Walters
No, He Can't Sue Me - He's Dead, and So are His Executors, and Their Executors
Ian Watson
The Sadim Touch
Kathy Westhead
The Pet
James White
Incident on a Colonising Starship Where All Living Things are in Suspended Animation...
Cherry Wilder
The Beta Syndrome
Bridget Wilkinson
Hide and Seek
F. Paul Wilson
Rumours
Dave Wood
TANSTAAFD (There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Drabble)
Jane Yolen
The Dragon Woke and Stretched
Roger Zelazny
The Deadliest Game
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Roger Robinson
An Unreliable History
Roger Robinson
Blind Faith
Roger Robinson
Realised Hopes
Roger Robinson
Sweet Charity

DRABBLE WHO

David J Howe
Introduction
David B. Wake
Drabble Rules: The One Hundred Word Variant
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Dan Abnett
Who Counts as One Word?
Sophie Aldred
Ace's Diary Entry 23rd November 2062
Brian Ameringen
Before the Beginning
Peter Anghelides
Initial Paragraphs from a Draft Letter to my Oldest Companion
Peter Anghelides
Mark Four
Geoffrey Arthur
The Myth Makers (As Sung Afterwards By Sundry Bards Other Than Homer)
Colin Baker
Extract from an Address to the Time Lord Academy by Its Regulator Scombos
David Banks
Centenarian
Nigel Bannerman
A Divertissement
Christopher Barry
The End
Stephen Baxter
Paradox
Michael Bell
Into the Fourth Regeneration: The Gowned Time-Traveller
J. Jeremy Bentham
A Tale from a TV Comic
Ness Bishop
Tea for 2
Ness Bishop
To Sarah Jane, Wot I Like Best of All
Ness Bishop
The Collector
Ian Stuart Black
The Most Unkindest Cut of All
Chris Boucher
Out of the Mouths
Steve Bowkett
Words of Conquest
Keith Brooke
The Doctor's Greatest Escape
David Burke
Time Will Tell
Tim Chapman
The Trail of a Timelord
Kevin Chitty
Unseen Danger
Nathan Cooke
Drabble in the TARDIS
Tony Cooke
Shame
Paul Cornell
The Tragedy of Errors
Paul Cornell
The Who Interviews
Fiona Cumming
Isolation
Richard W. Dance
Wheel of Lights
Peter Darvill-Evans
Goodbye/Piccadilly/Hello/Heatdeath
Andrew W. Donkin & Graham S. Brand
Sarah's Hurt ('Train-Flight': Prologue)
Julian Eales
Rassilon and the Serpent Tongue (An Old Gallifreyan Legend)
Stan Eling
Empty Welcome
George Evans
Hair Today - Wig Tomorrow!
Michael Ferguson
22nd November, 1963
Ian M. Fraser
The Fun Factory
John Freeman
Is That a TARDIS in Your Pocket...?
Stephen Gallagher
Sweet Dreamer
David Green
Future-Speak
Mervyn Haisman
Time Out
Elizabeth Halliday
The Heart-Ache, and the Thousand Natural Shocks
Paul Harrington
Brown's Study
Alun Harris
Time Out
Michael Haslett
The Fall and Rise of the Doctor
David J. Howe
The Ultimate Test
David J. Howe
The Dream
Robert Howe
An Apocalyptic Digital Mistake
David Inwood
Escape
Simon J. Irving
The Cruelty of Time
Alison Jacobs
A Suitable Gift (and a Safe One!)
Louise Jameson
The Press and I
Steven Jenkins
A Mystery Solved?
Simon Christopher Jones
At the Academy
Andrew Lane
An Easy Mistake to Make
Glenn Langford
Days Like Crazy Paving
Barry Letts
A Sort of Elegy
Peter Ling
Backwards Ran Sentences as Reeled Minds
David Martin
A Night Out at the Dog and Bottle
Chaz Mason
A Ghost of Christmas Past?
Becky Maude
The TARDIS Bites Back
Tim Maude
Aardvark to Dandruff
Graham McKinnon
Different Worlds (Two Extracts from The Doctor's Diary)
Adrian Middleton & Steve Graeme
Doctor Where?
Brian Milligan
The Hunt: Sequel to 'Survival'
M. R. Morgan
Contract Kill
Steve Morgan
Trust Me, I'm a Doctor (The Cafe Royale, New Orleans, 1965.)
Mark Morris
The Academy, First Day
Jim Mortimore
Readacross
Jim Mortimore
Hell to Pay
Amanda Murray
The Other Side of Madness
John Nathan-Turner
Who's Sorry Now
Kate Orman
Failsafe
John Peel
Beetling About in Time
Victor Pemberton
Questions from the Floor
Jon Pertwee
I Don't Wish to Know That - Kindly Leave the Barracks!
Martin Pollard
Victory
Eric Pringle
Questions
Justin Richards
"I Am the Doctor"
John M. Rimmer
Celebration
Tony Roach
Sounds Familiar
Nigel Robinson
Problem Page
Nicholas Royle
In the Mirror
Gary Russell
Clean Up Time
Robert Sloman
Time-Expired Lord
Chris Sparrow
The Chase: Princes in the Tower
Mark Stammers
Doppelganger
Mark Stammers
The End of "Evil"
Michael E. P. Stevens
Shortly After Armageddon... (On Being Replaced By Astra And Cast Thither By Unknown Forces)
Keith Topping
In the Midst of Life We Are in Death, Et Cetera
David Tulley
Behind the Sofa: First Memory
David Tulley
Tharils
David Tulley
The Monster Man's Lament
David Tulley
Plastic Soul
David Tulley
How Do You Kill Death?
Jan Vincent-Rudzki
How it Begins
David B. Wake
Sound Effects
David B. Wake
Fifty Light Years From Now
Stephen James Walker
A Definitive Reference Work?
John Wiles
Two Words
Stephen Wyatt
A Hundred Words Later
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Roger Robinson
An Unearthly Child
Roger Robinson
Survival