We Heart: Margaret Atwood’s 6-word Story

Cover of Atwood’s classic The Handmaid’s Tale (1985)

The results are in from Wired magazine’s challenge to science fiction writers to craft a 6-word story, and apparently Wired thinks women are just too verbose to invite—they printed 29 stories by men and three by women. In this context, feminist Margaret Atwood’s contribution is especially delicious:

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.

Margaret, you’ve earned your 1986 Ms. Woman of the Year award all over again!

We also dug Ursula K. Le Guin’s 6-word story:

Easy. Just touch the match to

And this web-only gem from Eileen Gunn:

Cryonics: Disney thawed. Mickey gnawed. Omigawd.

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Jessica Stites is the former associate editor at Ms. magazine. Today she's the editorial director of In These Times, where she runs the Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting and edits stories on labor, neoliberalism, Wall Street, immigration, mass incarceration and racial justice, among other topics.