Sci-Fi, Speculative Fiction, Short Stories & Other Written Words | Rory J Cole

Sci-Fi, Speculative Fiction, Short Stories & Other Written Words

Separated – Available at Mildred.co

My new short story, Separated, has been published on Mildred.co.  There was a heatwave many years back, and the days and time moved through molasses. My house, not far from the city, had a study as the front room that I used as an office. The bay window overlooked the street and driveway, which led…

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Googled ‘Quentin Tarantino childhood’. Was not disappointed.

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The Internet is Weird

I’ve decided to start documenting the strange occurrences I come across on the Internet (denoted with the hashtag #theinternetisweird). It will primarily record the odd coincidences / obscurities Google ads or Facebook throw at me while leisurely surfing. The idea came to me last week while I was reading an article about creepy things kids…

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Quote Graphics / Graphic Quotes

I’ve been playing around with images and the programs InDesign and Photoshop, and have decided to start making my own graphic quotes for my writing, in lieu of my thousand-fold fanbase to do it for me (it’s okay. I’ll wait for you. Don’t worry.). Until then, below you’ll find my first experiment with it. I’ve…

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Starting a Story

A friend asked me a while ago, “How do you write? Where do you start?” He’d had an idea for a story bouncing around for a while, and just hadn’t managed to start it yet. He was paralysed with a kind of fear I’ve felt often, that you might start it and do it wrong….

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The Pursuit of Perfection & Why You Should Avoid It

The pursuit of perfection is a never ending one, because while our words may stay dormant on the page where we’ve fixed them, we ourselves change and keep changing. You hear this from writers all the time, who cringe at the thought of their earlier published stories and refuse to even revisit them. A few…

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The Various Futures of Farlo Breeze Pitch

For those of you who may not have read my recent posts, consisting of chapters 1-4 of The Various Futures of Farlo Breeze, the following synopsis contains a crucial spoiler, so you may not want to read on. I’ve wanted to post this for a while, and it is in part why I have posted…

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The Various Futures of Farlo Breeze: Chapter Four

Chapter Four: Galactic Burgers Jusius, the Holo, Farlo and his future self stepped out of the Creaser into the blue and white docking bay of EarthWorld’s Galactic Burgers. As they strode through the corridor a glass wall on their left allowed view into an enormous playground where hundreds of infant aliens played. Farlo was relieved…

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The Various Futures of Farlo Breeze: Chapter Three

Chapter Three: Future Farlo, Jusius & the Holo Farlo stared for what felt an aeon before he conjured anything to say. What he did say was fairly unspectacular, but given the circumstances he could forgive himself for that: this was an occasion he’d never thought to rehearse. ‘You’re me…’ ‘I am,’ Future Farlo nodded. ‘That’s…

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The Various Futures of Farlo Breeze: Chapter Two

The following is another excerpt of a work in progress, Chapter 2 of The Various Futures of Farlo Breeze, following on from my previous post, ingeniously titled Chapter One: The Irony of Smart-food. As per the previous chapter, this is a work in progress and a work of fiction. Any resemblance to real persons, living…

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Separated – Available at Mildred.co

My new short story, Separated, has been published on Mildred.co.


 There was a heatwave many years back, and the days and time moved through molasses.

My house, not far from the city, had a study as the front room that I used as an office.

The bay window overlooked the street and driveway, which led to the front door at the side of the house, and I spent the days working, living alone, and it felt my life was drawing to a still, the molasses thickening, my spirit hardening.

I blame it on the molasses. The truth is I was thick in melancholy. Drowning in it. I was unhappy and too familiar with it to notice.


In Separated, a man experiencing a long, slow period of melancholy receives a visit from an unlikely stranger, who changes his life in the most unusual way.

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Googled ‘Quentin Tarantino childhood’. Was not disappointed.

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The Internet is Weird

I’ve decided to start documenting the strange occurrences I come across on the Internet (denoted with the hashtag #theinternetisweird). It will primarily record the odd coincidences / obscurities Google ads or Facebook throw at me while leisurely surfing. The idea came to me last week while I was reading an article about creepy things kidsContinue Reading

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Quote Graphics / Graphic Quotes

I’ve been playing around with images and the programs InDesign and Photoshop, and have decided to start making my own graphic quotes for my writing, in lieu of my thousand-fold fanbase to do it for me (it’s okay. I’ll wait for you. Don’t worry.). Until then, below you’ll find my first experiment with it. I’veContinue Reading

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Starting a Story

A friend asked me a while ago, “How do you write? Where do you start?” He’d had an idea for a story bouncing around for a while, and just hadn’t managed to start it yet. He was paralysed with a kind of fear I’ve felt often, that you might start it and do it wrong.Continue Reading

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The Pursuit of Perfection & Why You Should Avoid It

The pursuit of perfection is a never ending one, because while our words may stay dormant on the page where we’ve fixed them, we ourselves change and keep changing. You hear this from writers all the time, who cringe at the thought of their earlier published stories and refuse to even revisit them. A fewContinue Reading

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The Various Futures of Farlo Breeze Pitch

For those of you who may not have read my recent posts, consisting of chapters 1-4 of The Various Futures of Farlo Breeze, the following synopsis contains a crucial spoiler, so you may not want to read on. I’ve wanted to post this for a while, and it is in part why I have postedContinue Reading

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The Various Futures of Farlo Breeze: Chapter Four

Chapter Four: Galactic Burgers Jusius, the Holo, Farlo and his future self stepped out of the Creaser into the blue and white docking bay of EarthWorld’s Galactic Burgers. As they strode through the corridor a glass wall on their left allowed view into an enormous playground where hundreds of infant aliens played. Farlo was relievedContinue Reading

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The Various Futures of Farlo Breeze: Chapter Three

Chapter Three: Future Farlo, Jusius & the Holo Farlo stared for what felt an aeon before he conjured anything to say. What he did say was fairly unspectacular, but given the circumstances he could forgive himself for that: this was an occasion he’d never thought to rehearse. ‘You’re me…’ ‘I am,’ Future Farlo nodded. ‘That’sContinue Reading

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The Various Futures of Farlo Breeze: Chapter Two

The following is another excerpt of a work in progress, Chapter 2 of The Various Futures of Farlo Breeze, following on from my previous post, ingeniously titled Chapter One: The Irony of Smart-food. As per the previous chapter, this is a work in progress and a work of fiction. Any resemblance to real persons, livingContinue Reading

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