Friday, February 18, 2011

The Eye of Argon

Can't really talk about Science Fiction without talking about the Eye of Argon.  Considered by many to be one of the worst piece of writing ever. The author, Jim Theis, tried to destroy every copy ever but was unable to get his hands on the copy published in a magazine. 

It's actually a fun activity for people at Science Fiction Conventions to have reading circles of The Eye of Argon.  The rules are simple, you read it out loud and pass the story as soon as you start to laugh.  The fun part is seeing how many times around the circle it'll go before being read all the way.

I don't think anybody can write this badly on purpose.  On the positive side though, you can tell from reading it that Theis made liberal use of his thesaurus.  If you haven't read it yet and want a good chuckle, defiantly take a look at it.  This story is a real gem of badness.
Here's a link I found online of the story.


  1. my head exploded after - "Age worn hoof prints smothered by the sifting sands of time shone dully against the dust splattered crust of earth."

  2. I really want to read this now.

  3. This. Is fucking brilliant. I peed a little when I read this.

  4. What in the hell is this guy saying?? Its nothing but needlessly verbose rhetoric. And its awesome. Thanks for sharing, I hadn't heard of this until now.

  5. that whole story can be shortened to like 2 pages or so...

  6. I couldn't get past the first paragraph. Painful.