Winter – A Stream of Consciousness Science Fiction Story


This piece was an experiment. I wanted to see if I could create a story orally – stream of consciousness – by simply dictating it without any written text. I began with a title and a vague idea but did not have specific characters, plot, or an end in mind. All I knew was that I wanted it to be finished, not another beginning or story fragment of which I have many. It took some discipline for me to continue to record and not set the story aside. As I continued, it took on a life of its own and “wrote” itself.

Some notes:

The idea for this story came to me as I was listening to The Early Stories of Philip K. Dick who I have always admired but only recently, after delving more deeply into his life and works, have found in him a mentor, a kindred spirit and a hero for the writer that is me.

This story was recorded in a little over an hour with a few pauses to allow for ideas to form in my mind before I spoke them aloud. I used the Hi-Q Recorder app on my Moto X phone to do the recording. I then moved the piece into Audacity where I amplified the volume and made some minor adjustments. While it was tempting to make additions and there are several things I would reword, I resisted said temptation for the sake of the experiment. Except for a few things I deleted as repetitive or from when I searched out loud for the right word or idea, the audio is exactly as it occurred.

As of yet there is no transcription. This is an oral piece and should be treated as such. It is to be heard not read. Eventually, especially if I receive numerous requests to do so, I will
transcribe the story.

Thank you for listening.
Keith Lyndaker
November 19, 2014

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