Plan 559 from Outer Space Mk III

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My 14th short story was published yesterday. It’s a tale of space colonisation, daring pilots, dastardly corporations and a beautiful gold and purple planet called Goldilocks.

Available on Amazon today from the people at Five59 Publishing.

Intolerant Joy

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Days gone past
Belief was simple
And necessary
And necessarily
We fell in line
The object
Of abject horror
Was our downfall
And the means
Of our salvation

Today it has changed
Belief is scorned
Those who believe
Need to be burned
Their sickness
Could contaminate us all
The masses indoctrinated
And inoculated
And yet we are all
The children of God

Should a war be fought
Against all war
Or does it make
A little more sense
To simply ignore
To simply live
In tolerance of intolerance
A sick belief that will
Eventually burn itself
From existence

Some would say
That is naiveté
At its finest
But these are the same
Folks who don’t believe
Don’t understand
And wouldn’t care to
Thier spiritual journey
Stolen long ago

That is the shame of it
And there is no blame for it
For to point one’s finger
In some kind of sick judgement
Some perverse exposé
Would be to lower yourself
Into the muck
The river of hate
Current so swift
You couldn’t help
But be swept away

Fill your heart
With an intolerant joy
And the beauty
Inherent in things
The change might take
One thousand years
But it will come
As long as you make
The change this very day
Love over Hate
Is the only way

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559 Ways To Die, Available Now

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The newest anthology from Five59 Publishing, 559 Ways To Die, is now available on Amazon in paperback and for your Kindle. Filled with 14 tales of murder, crime and death, 559 Ways To Die includes ‘A Stone Marker, Carved With His Name’ by Adam Bennett, a tale of the last gravedigger on Earth in a time when video grave markers have become ubiquitous, advertising is inescapable, and escape to Mars might be the only hope left for a man trapped in the nostalgia of the past.

Grab your copy today from Amazon via Five59 Publishing.

The Killing Never Left Him

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As the spade bit into virgin earth
Spilling the rich red dirt forth
He wondered at the likeness
To the last time he’d killed a man

Ten years prior, and only a moment past
His machine gun rattle had ended
And so had the poor fools life
Someone poor and bereft taken from this earth

Somehow he’d kept his sanity
Somehow he’d kept his name
The people of this world he knew
Would destroy it all in vain

The peace had come on forcibly
Do this or end as well
He wondered at the irony
Of peace’s knelling bell

So the spade chewed up the deep red earth
And his mind it churned and tumbled
And every single night he slept
With his nightmares softly mumbled

The killing had never left him
Despite all that he’d done
Everything he’d seen here
Proved the war was never won

The spade hit stone as he realised
He’d been digging all damn day
The hole too deep for tree roots
He’d need to fill some other way

It was then that the poor man realised
He’d finally dug his own grave
The ten years spent in exile
Time to build up his brave

And so he took his weapon
And knew just what to do
The killing never left him
As it won’t with you

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Harmonious Hate

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Presumption of pain
And indolent ignorance
Converging to create
Psychopathic indifference
Joyfully journey
Into other lands
Do not presume
To take from their hands
The feed and freedom
Desperate desire
War always wrong
A bloody quagmire
Hate and intolerance
And misunderstanding
‘Til it doesn’t matter
Who is left standing
So discard your hate
Misplaced in any case
Look to your leaders
Lying to your face
Displaced and discordant
Garrulous guerillas
Nuclear nihilation
From our own flotillas
Raining retribution
Harmonious hate
Ignobly ignored
Sealed our own fate

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Coming Soon – Plan 559 from Outer Space mkII

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Coming soon from Five59 Publishing, Plan 559 from Outer Space mkII is a new Science Fiction short story anthology including short stories from Adam Bennett and A.Alexander.

Goah’s Ark, by Adam Bennett, tells the tale of Fal, Dareon, Lack and Atien, and the last skyscraper on earth, which holds the final vestiges of humanity safe from the ravages of the nuclear winter raging outside.

Andromeda, by A.Alexander, is a flash fiction about the last sentient being from earth, a small space probe rocketing between galaxies for a million years after the last humans are long dead.

Available on Amazon from the 15th of April.

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Winter’s Malcontent

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The winter sat heavy upon those people although they never knew
The sunshine and warmth obscured the truth as they downed another brew
Their lots decided years before, their actions all in check
Society the death of innovation, and the curse of the young
And the reckless
And the pained
And somewhere inside, he knew that the words were not enough
So he took up that deadly staff
Fire spinning from his hands in deadly retribution
Syncopated
And disjointed
Near indecipherable, and yet within it all the truth dawned
It became suddenly clear,
There were others to hold the burden, others to lighten the load
But only if he could lighten theirs…

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