An astrobiologist gathers and assembles clues from across time to help solve a cosmic mystery that threatens to doom Earth.
This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.
This week, I revisited a story for which I recently recorded a podcast episode, “Professor Gadston.” I realized there were too many unanswered questions. Sometimes I want to let the reader come to their own conclusions, or imagine their own explanations, if they choose to. But I feel I “cheated” by setting up a scenario in which the reader might expect to receive an explanation, but never gets one, and is left to just trust that there is one. In this new story, I aimed to explore some possible explanations, and hopefully weave some of those loose ends together in a story that could stand on its own.
[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 44 seconds. No sound. Digital drawing: A mask-like face at center that with sharp angled eye holes, a mouthpiece shaped like jagged teeth, and a beak-like nose. Instead of a body, an amorphous form flows out and up from where the neck would be expected. A wake of glowing light flows out from the face’s jaw, indicating movement at great speeds. Below the face, bottom half of image, the translucent partial view of a planet and a large continent. The words “Short Story” and “Genre: Science Fiction” are displayed in front of the image. The title card fades and an animation of bolts and sparks at the top center appears throughout. An animation of a light curtain around the face’s jaw appears and continues throughout. Lines from the story appear at center in text boxes: “This is a disaster not of our own making…for once. But there’s not much comfort in that fact, considering it is the ultimate disaster. The end of everything.” These lines are interrupted by ghostly images of words and lines from the story’s beginning that appear around the face: “Ordinary. Dark. Circular. Inverted. Spinning. Existing simultaneously. Existing not at all.” The story’s title appears and expands. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom left throughout.]
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