Eyes snap open to darkness. They look and look but see nothing. Nothing but a thick curtain of black air. I am in a chair. A cold hand pushes against my face and forces my eyes shut. A putrid smell invades to my senses. Hot vomit rises with nowhere to go. Something kicks inside. Tiny things claw at my […]
Marie never knew because nobody told her that the every action we make, every decision we ignore cascades through all lives like atoms suspended in darkness — constantly shaken, colliding, at times fusing — and each time one touches another, something changes. Sometimes wonderful. Sometimes terrible. And as she smiled from her hospital bed, the late autumn sun tip-toed through […]
Like a drop of blood submersing and spreading itself through a dark, lifeless pool, the tall, crimsoned figure streamed on in silence. It had been a cruel winter and the frost had lingered; small icy fingers clawed at the dead in large pits on the outskirts of the city, dug by grieving hands and filled with dread in the […]
Humans had become too unreliable with their own memories. And by 2096, memories started to be uploaded to off-world Organic Memory Farms or OMFs. These OMFs could grow to unlimited capacity to meet the demands of Earth’s straining population. In 3010, The Open Federation of United Planetary States made it illegal for any human to hold their own memories. By […]
Sometime ago I read a review of Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds which described the movie (with its New Jersey, blue-collar anti-hero) as H.G. Wells’s classic reinterpreted by Bruce Springsteen. This got me thinking. What would other classics be like if they were reinterpreted by musicians? So, armed with my love of music and literature, I […]
Life was tough, but memories were tougher. Memories never left, moved around with you. You folded them neatly into bags and dragged them around. Or they dragged you.