I have several stories of the alien invasion, loosely inspired by Anne McCaffrey’s Freedom series (affiliate link). I read her books about ten (or more) years ago and they stewed in my twisted brain until they became these dark stories.
In Anne McCaffrey’s series, humans are enslaved to colonize habitable worlds, but the stories are about hope and humanity freeing itself.
I wondered what happened during those mass abductions that McCaffrey mentions in two sentences in the opening scene:
“that spring morning when the Catteni ships had descended on Denver, one of fifty cities across the world that had been used as object lessons by the conquerors. One moment she was on her way to the college campus; the next, she was one of thousands of astonished and terrified Denverites being driven by force whips up the ramp of a spaceship that made the Queen Elizabeth look like a tub toy.”
What would happen on Earth after an alien invasion and mass alien abductions? What would abduction survivors tell each other in their holding pens? These stories began to answer these questions. Now, though, they are something terrible and dark.
In Our Skies, A Standalone Flash Story of the Alien Invasion
“In Our Skies,” a standalone flash story in the Stories of the Alien Invasion Universe, focuses on one man’s struggle to deliver his passengers safely to their destination before the aliens abduct them from the skies.
Taken, Episode 1 of Stories of the Alien Invasion
In “Taken,” three women sacrifice their freedom in the struggle to save their loved ones from the alien invaders. Is it worth it?
Earthbound, Episode 2 of Stories of the Alien Invasion
In Earthbound two teens struggle to make their way in the harsh Nevada desert after both of their parents were abducted.