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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

new science-fiction flash fiction: “Exit Through the Gift Shop”

This is part of my project “(fictional) notes from The British Museum,” wherein once a week (or so), I visit a single room at The British Museum in London, zero in on an intriguing object therein, and quickly write a piece of flash fiction inspired by that object.

The stories in this series are not usually about museums, or artifacts, or history, or at least not necessarily… but this one kinda is about The British Museum. Sort of. This week, a staircase — yes, a staircase — in the museum sent my geeky, warped mind off on a futuristic tangent. Here is that staircase:

(fictional) Notes from The British Museum #19

And here’s how the story begins:

(fictional) Notes from The British Museum #19

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