Anniversary Feast was originally written for Café Doom Flash Challenge number 96, in February 2008, in response to the prompt word fifteen. It was the winner out of four entries, with five votes out of a total of seven.
Anniversary Feast, edited and expanded from 349 words to 506, was published in the first Fifty-Two Stitches anthology in 2009.
This story was heavily influenced by the film Dark Star, which is one of a surprisingly small number of sci-fi films that feature normal, regular characters: people who get bored and lazy and do stupid things.
In case you're wondering what happened to the original prompt, in the first version there were fifteen years still to go before landfall. This seemed a bit too long, so I changed it to ten.