Alexa Weik von Mossner’s fiction

Fiction was my first love, long before I even thought about becoming an academic. I look back to a decade-long career in the German film and television industry in the course of which I became head author of the weekly TV drama series FABRIXX. My practical knowledge of film production and script writing has deeply influenced my theoretical and analytical work as film and literary scholar, but I always missed writing fiction. Recently, I have returned to it with a couplse of short stories, a novel, and a pilot script for a science fiction drama miniseries – all of them set in the same narrative universe in a precarious, resilient, beautiful, crumbling, near-future New York City. Now I find the opposite is also true: the issues I have become invested in as a scholar influence and inform my creative writing. It’s been a fascinating journey so far.


SHORT STORIES

Something, Somehow, Somewhere

It was my last flight out of JFK, but I couldn’t have known that at the time. It was also the last time I saw my father, and I didn’t know that either. But my father had always been an enigma to me. Rich, famous, and entirely out of reach, he’d been an absence in my life who only showed up in my mother’s occasional rants. So I could only guess when he invited me to meet his family on the other side of the country, it was somehow related to Mom’s recent death in the riots, which I felt responsible for, though he never said anything to that effect. Only that he was sorry for my loss or something equally generic.

Read more in the Delmarva Review, vol. 14, 2021.


Le Déluge

“Welcome to the Déluge.” The host smiles at him as he dives into the dimly lit lobby of the restaurant, relieved to be out of the rain. Her greeting sounds funny, the pronunciation halfway between English and French, plus he finds it fitting given that he’s dripping wet from the torrents coming down outside. She offers a towel and a dry jacket for him to wear during dinner and reminds him to put his Spine in full 3D mode, as if that wasn’t the default. He’s still surrounded by the holographic maps and track forecasts he’s been working with on his way up here from the West Village, trying to arrive at a decision.

Read more in Orca, issue 7, 2021.


NOVEL

My first novel, FRAGILE, is set in the same near-future world as my short stories and explores the meaning of love, loss, and resilience in an era of global scarcity and rapid climate change. It is now under contract with 55 Fathoms. More information will follow soon.


TELEVISION SCRIPTS

I recently complete a pilot script for a science fiction drama miniseries based on my novel. The script, FRAGILE, is currently a quarterfinalist in the Screencraft TV-Pilot screenwriting competition.


FABRIXX is a weekly TV drama series for young adults set in a youth center in Stuttgart, Germany. It tells the stories of a diverse group of teenagers who face the challenges of growing up in the early years of the 21st century. It explores topics such as friendship, love, and sexuality along with the negative consequences of peer pressure, trauma and drug abuse, and social issues such as discrimination, racism, and nationalism.

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The series was broadcasted on German national television (ARD) from 2000 to 2005, altogether four seasons and 220 episodes. I was head writer from 2001 to 2003. In that capacity, I penned 163 episodes of FABRIXX.