They Came, They Saw, They Took the Tinfoil

Rated 4.00/5 based on 7 reviews
Gerry wakes up in in a bath full of cold water in her interview suit and best shoes. How did she get there? How did she sleep and why is there nothing aluminium left in the flat? Her flatmate Jane wants a shower, her other flatmate, Nina, is looking for her saucepans but Gerry... she just wants answers.

British English, a bit of light swearing U/PG
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About M T McGuire

M T McGuire is a 46 year old stay-at-home mum. She used to do stand up but sat down to write books when she got married. Sixteen years later, she has finished the K'Barthan Trilogy. She still checks all unfamiliar wardrobes for a gateway to Narnia, which probably tells you everything you need to know about her. She lives in Bury St Edmunds with a McOther a McSon and a McCat.

If you've read any of her stuff, she'd like to say, 'thank you' and hopes you enjoyed it.

Her blog is at and she's MTMcGuireauthor on twitter.

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Review by: glenn robinson on March 19, 2013 :
M. T., your ending is too abrupt. You need to leave 'em pondering and smiling, not dazed! Enjoyable and possibly the start of a larger work. Great imagination and descriptions. Consider all the comments and rewrite as an exercise. I'd enjoy reading the result.
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Review by: Sarah Spelbring on May 9, 2012 :
I loved the imagery this conjured up while I was reading. A seven foot lobster with a perfume bottle? I never would have come up with that. Recommended to a friend who found it enjoyable as well.
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Review by: L.J. Hutton on Jan. 22, 2012 :
An engaging short story, but without enough originality to warrant 5 stars. If you want to read what a master storyteller can do with an almost identical storyline look for Clifford Simak's "Dusty Zebra" - 50 years old but beautifully crafted - or one of many Theodore Sturgeon shorts. Sorry, M T McGuire, but this story needed an extra somethign to compete with those two masters of the genre.
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Review by: Cat L on Jan. 29, 2011 :
Amusing story, pretty short but sometimes it's nice to have something quick to read.

Reminds me of the style of Douglas Adams.
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Review by: GraceKrispy on June 13, 2010 :
Cute, quick read! Makes me wonder what they do with the tinfoil and saucepan..
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Review by: Darryl Hicks on May 28, 2010 :
As a firm believer that SciFi should be humorous, I liked the tone of this story. Wondered why Gerry wasn't fully mobile, as the adventure would've been the same if she was totally mobile. I'll probably never draw a bath dressed in interviewing clothing ever again in my entire life after this.
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Review by: Francis W. Porretto on May 18, 2010 :
Delightful! I'm even inclined to overlook the double handful of typos and spelling errors. But your storytelling gift is good enough that your work deserves better line-editing. I hope you'll have someone examine your next pieces carefully for mechanical mistakes before you post them.

From the title, I'd expected something involving conspiracy theorists -- "tinfoil hat wearers," as we say on this side of the Atlantic -- but this was a refreshing departure from expectations. But tell me, please: do you still use actual TIN foil in the Sceptered Isle, or is it the same tawdry drawn-aluminium crap we in the colonies must put up with?
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