Francis Bass

Biography

Francis Bass currently lives in Iowa City, though he is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. He writes plays, books, and short stories, which are mostly science fiction and fantasy. His work has been published in DRAMATICS, the THESPIAN PLAYWORKS 2014 anthology, and KZINE.

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Books

Play Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,370. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Drama, Essay » Literature
Nine essays analyzing specific plays, pulling apart the ways the playwrights are using the medium of theatre to manipulate or comment on or distort or theorize about time. The idea isn’t so much to definitively state What X Play is About, but more to point out what I find interesting in each play, and figure out how the artist—or how theatre as a medium—achieved it.
Calamcity
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,460. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
In the near future, beach erosion has accelerated dramatically due to rising sea levels and hurricane activity. Joseph Lopez wants to bring back the large, stable, sunny beaches of his youth, and provide a nice vacation house for his aging parents, by preserving Cape Dodd. But as he and his brother find, Cape Dodd is in for a rough summer of constant hurricanes and mysterious plant life die-offs.
The War on Hormones
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,310. Language: American English. Published: May 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Silver Path, a performing arts high school, is a pioneer in requiring that its students use neutralizers—bioengineered organisms that destroy sex hormones. This environment is perfect for Edward, who is intensely dedicated to acting and wary of romantic distractions—though he'll soon learn that there are many other hormones, and avoiding drama may not be as easy as a monthly neutralizer check-up.
The Only Series that Matters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,540. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Children’s Literature, Essay » Literature
In this series of essays, I examine each book of A Series of Unfortunate Events, upon rereading them a decade after I first fell in love with them as a kid. The essays highlight literary techniques, thematic explorations, and the ideas communicated in these books that have resonated with me from when I first read the series to today.
Boom Town
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,900. Language: American English. Published: April 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
On the living planet of Eltru, a vast reserve of fuel is discovered beneath a small town. Katherine, a young girl whose family lives on a spice farm over the fuel reserve, relies on her close relationship with her brother to help her understand the secret conflicts and tensions between their parents, and ends up keeping some dangerous secrets of Julian’s herself.
Grumbles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,670. Language: American English. Published: March 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When Claudio returns to the house of his uncle Terrance to decide what memorabilia to take on his move to the asteroid belt, he stumbles upon “Grumbles,” an acerbic, sardonic robot companion from his adolescence. Space is limited on the shuttle out to the belt, so Claudio and Grumbles argue heatedly about which objects are worth taking, and which items present a distorted recording of the past.
He Molested Kids
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,600. Language: American English. Published: February 17, 2017. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
In this fifteen-minute play, four college students meet to plan a party, and end up sidetracked by an argument about the savior of the world. Just a few months after he defeated the Himalayan, allegations of sexual abuse have emerged around Dawa the Savior. This issue turns from small talk among a group of friends to an explosive argument with deep implications. Cast is 3M, 1F.
Just Dig
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 2,420. Language: American English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Two brothers, asteroid prospectors, are awoken when an asteroid lands somewhere along the boundary between their little plot, and the enormous plot owned by their neighbors. They drive out to see on whose plot the rock has fallen. As they do, they argue over whether they can depend on luck to end a long dry spell, or if they'll have to make their own luck to turn a profit
De.mocra.cy
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 6,190. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
In a near-future internet filled with highly regulated, highly restrictive MMOs, the De.mocra.cy server is entirely self-regulated, affording unprecedented freedom of speech and freedom of violence to its users—until now. A new law has outlawed violence between consenting parties, and Volt, the leader of the Anarchists, must mobilize a fractious group of gang leaders to campaign against it.
Monastery
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 12,170. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
In the near future, Academic Campuses offer an affordable, but longer and more intensive, alternative to universities. In this play, the editors of a campus lit journal meet just before the start of summer to finish up the latest issue and celebrate their success. A hypothetical conversation about graduating early and starting up a magazine outside the "monastery" turns into a spirited argument.
We'll Tell Happy Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 16,340. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Boa and Ardom are two refugees posing as ambassadors, who have survived for years pretending that their home country, Choroa, is still perfectly stable. When a royal edict orders that all Choroans must leave the country or face enslavement, Boa and Ardom must reveal harsh truths and spin fanciful stories in order to convince their hosts to allow themselves and their daughter to stay.
Beach Realty of Sandcastle Isle
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Ray is the CEO of Mare Realty, an old, moneyed company which has a near total monopoly on Sandcastle Isle. Sandra Holt works for the newer, less successful BRSI. Sandra, pretending she's only a tourist, befriends and manipulates Ray, and the power dynamic between the two companies begins to shift. With each passing scene, the stage is constricted as the water rises, and the beach steadily erodes.

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