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Murphy's Law

Murphy's Law

Murphy's Law


Short Story by Douglas Smith

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ABOUT THIS SHORT STORY


As First Officer on the part passenger ship, part space freighter, The Fiscal Restraint, Jack Dexter (Dex to his friends) thinks he knows all there is to know about “Murphy’s Law”: If anything can go wrong, it will. And on the perpetually under-staffed, under-funded Restraint, it generally does.

But he never expected to actually meet Murphy. The real Murphy.

Dex hires Orville Sod onto the Restraint just before the ship makes the jump to deep space. Unfortunately, by the time that Dex figures out that Orville is a real-life “Murphy”—one of those sad souls who attract more than their fair share of calamity—things have become, uh, complicated.

A VIP is almost killed… Food systems have shut down… The navigation computer has been destroyed.

Well, at least things can’t get any worse…

Oh…wait…

“Douglas Smith showcases his talent for creating strong characters who are believable and sympathetic—even when they inhabit an absurd world. That world is painted vividly with efficient brush strokes as Smith expertly weaves between Murphy’s misadventures on board the Fiscal Restraint and Dex’s retelling of the same to his captive audience at The House Limit. ‘Murphy’s Law’ is a hilarious, yet poignant read.” —Rainbow Dragon Recommends

ABOUT DOUGLAS SMITH


Douglas Smith is a multiple award-winning Canadian author described by Library Journal as “one of Canada’s most original writers of speculative fiction.” His work has appeared in twenty-five languages and over thirty countries. His fiction includes the urban fantasy novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD, and the collections CHIMERASCOPE, IMPOSSIBILIA, and LA DANSE DES ESPRITS. His non-fiction guide for writers, PLAYING THE SHORT GAME: HOW TO MARKET & SELL SHORT FICTION, is a must read for any short story writer. Doug is a three-time winner of Canada’s Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, CBC’s Bookies Award, Canada’s juried Sunburst Award, and France’s juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. A short film based on Doug’s story “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down” won several awards at film festivals around the world. His website is www.smithwriter.com and he tweets at twitter.com/smithwritr