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 couple of short stories, a novel, and a pilot script for a science fiction drama limited series – 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

The Great Garden

This is the plan I’ve come up with by the time the podcar releases me into the hot evening air in front of the house on East 7th Street: go up to the garden and spend twenty minutes, half an hour tops, checking out the shading system. It’s a simple task, one that doesn’t necessitate me interacting with anyone beyond the bare minimum. I just need to keep my head down, do my job, and get out again. I’m actually invited, so I shouldn’t be as nervous as I am. But it feels like the future of our farm, our whole existence, depends on me getting it right. I find that terrifying. […]

Read more in The Dillydoun Review, issue 15 (April 2022).


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 (November 2021).

“Something, Somehow, Somewhere” was republished in The Cambridge Spy on March 26, 2022 and is now also available online.

The story was a semifinalist in the 2022 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition.


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 (July 2021).


NOVEL

My 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.

In a divided near-future New York City where love is as scarce as food, drugs, and normal weather, a Homeland Security agent tasked with keeping the city alive falls in love with a passionate activist from the wrong side of East River.


TV SCRIPTS

FRAGILE is a one-hour pilot script for a TV drama series based on my novel of the same title. The script was a quarterfinalist in Final Draft’s 2021 Big Break Screenwriting Competition and in the 2022 ScreenCraft TV Pilot Script Competition. It is currently a quarterfinalist in the 2022 ScreenCraft Sci-Fi & Fantasy Screenwriting Competition and in the 2022 PAGE Awards. And I’m happy to report, that it has now also received the coveted 8 on The Black List. Anyone wants to produce this script… ?


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 2k1st 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.