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

20; A Collection of Short Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,040. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A collection of four sci-fi stories exploring various futures, ranging from an isolated asteroid colony governed by questionable politicians, to an alien invasion so overwhelming that the sky over Atlanta is blacked out by spaceships, each with a brief afterword providing commentary on the origins of the story.
20; Two plays and a monologue
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 69,930. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2018. Categories: Plays » Ancient & Classical, Fiction » Anthologies » Drama/Theatrical
A collection of plays set in speculative worlds. "Suggest the Empire" unfolds in an invented, medieval past rife with conflict, as an emperor and his son struggle to maintain their imperial holdings, while "Tallahassee Ca. 2045" takes place in a possible future heavily affected by climate change, as a group of youth activists organize a protest that grows out of control.
ChannelCon '30
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,910. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Lindsey Xong and Amber Smith, two curators of public domain films, form the highly popular channel Amber Linz. Just like any popular curators, they go to ChannelCon, but quickly find the fans there divided into two sides engaged in an intense feud. As the Con falls into chaos, the two factions drive a wedge between Amber and Lindsey, and finding out who is behind the sabotage becomes crucial.
Tallahassee Ca. 2045
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 28,860. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2018. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
In the year 2045 a group of politically conscious high school seniors decides to organize a youth rally—a protest to lower the minimum voting age. Just before the protest is scheduled to happen, a massive ice sheet breaks off of Antarctica, causing global flooding. The youth rally becomes a demand for radical change of climate policy, and the student activists are suddenly put under new pressures.
Beneath Them
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,090. Language: American English. Published: March 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Without warning, thousands of alien spaceships have appeared above major urban areas around the globe, and some have descended to devastating effect. Meanwhile, life goes on in Atlanta as a woman and her younger cousin deal with roaches in their apartment.
The Wisdom-Goddess Star
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,990. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
2 Pallas is the most isolated colony in the International Martian Program, with no long-range communication relay connecting it back to Mars. When Martian journalist Alexander Irving arrives, he shortly discovers that Pallas’s isolation may be the intentional work of the local governor, and he endeavors to discover what exactly the governor wants to keep hidden from the rest of the IMP.
Chimaera Cries on Stream!!!!!
You set the price! Words: 2,660. Language: American English. Published: January 7, 2018. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Joseph Yanyuk, known by his screen name, “Chimaera,” is a speedrunner—someone who attempts to beat a video game as fast as possible. In this short play, Chimaera is livestreaming a speedrun, when there’s a terrorist attack in Red Square. Despite his personal connections with Moscow, Chimaera struggles to stay focused on the game, and complete a speedrun in world record time.
Suggest the Empire
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 37,460. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2017. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
To Prince Oht, the imperial heir, all the trappings of nationhood seem as skeletal and artificial as those of theatre. War chants to suggest fraternity, flags to suggest ownership—they seem just like flimsy poles to suggest spears, three men to suggest an army. While his cynicism is a trivial matter while his father still reigns, the time will soon come when the empire is Oht's responsibility.
A Clash at Grozny Airfield
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,500. Language: American English. Published: October 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In Grozny the first ever all-robot military unit fights an integrated army of humans and robots. The clash is viewed by five American travelers in an airport café—a veteran, a journalist, two young sisters, and a barista—as the events unfold on TV. Each traveler has a different connection to the distant battle, and they all watch with more and more rapt attention as the integrated forces close in.
19; A Collection of Plays
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 36,770. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2017. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Anthologies » Drama/Theatrical
A collection of four plays set in worlds not quite like our own—one a fictional medieval embassy from a country devastated by plague and civil war, another an academic institution so insular and study-focused it's nicknamed a "monastery"—each with a brief afterword providing commentary on the origins of the play.
19; A Collection of Short Stories
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 54,310. Language: American English. Published: August 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A collection of six sci-fi stories, exploring worlds ranging from a near-future Floridian beach sinking into the ocean, to a far flung little farming town on a living planet, each with a brief afterword providing commentary on the origins of the story.
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: $2.99 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: $2.99 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: $2.50 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 Julian 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: $2.50 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: $2.50 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: $1.50 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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