Colony Chapter Seventeen

Withdrawal chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden On the television screen Zaratins standing outside in a park, laying down weapons, as a light beam from above enveloped them and they vanished. “This is Claire Moody, reporting,” the familiar voice said. “I honestly thought she was dead, after her last broadcast,” Maria said.  “Zaratins…… Continue reading Colony Chapter Seventeen

Colony Chapter Sixteen

Cats chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden There was an alert from the gate.  An electronic voice said, “Zaratin official to see Angela James. Official has no weapon.” They let the official in.  Edward and James didn’t bother going to hide.  It did not have a weapon, the only thing on the belt…… Continue reading Colony Chapter Sixteen

Colony Chapter Fifteen

Bang! chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden Jamie’s email had one word: “Bang!” “So what are we doing while the explosives go off? Do we stay here? Do we hide in the bunker? What?” Angela asked the household. “None of you are going to work today, that’s for sure,” Adam said.  “The question…… Continue reading Colony Chapter Fifteen

Colony Chapter Fourteen

Betrayed chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden Angela was anxious as she walked into work.  In her bag she carried six of the bombs.  Martha had another four.  As the went their seperate ways, they held each other’s gaze for an extra couple of seconds. Throughout the day, Angela sought out the best…… Continue reading Colony Chapter Fourteen

Colony Chapter Thirteen

Claire chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden There was a Zaratin official at the gate.  The soldiers, Edward and Mary all headed to the bunker. Angela went to greet the official at the front door.  It was not one, but two Zaratins, and they were dragging a badly beaten woman.  Angela recognised her…… Continue reading Colony Chapter Thirteen


Bacteria short story by Iris Carden In the late twentieth century, 1996, if you want to be exact, scientists discovered extinct, fossilised bacteria on Mars. It turns out, it wasn’t so extinct as we’d been led to believe. When Sarah and the other scientists and engineers worked out how to clean the regolith of toxic…… Continue reading Bacteria