A new technology may help a woman regain some mobility and independence by developing an ability she never had before.
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And of course, a link to the source, the short story.
[Video description: Trailer for “Mrs. Santi’s Prism Mask.” 42 seconds. Digital drawing. At center, an older woman sitting in a wheelchair, facing left three-quarters view. She’s wearing a scarf that flows backwards. A teacup and plate float in the air in front of her. She overlaps an outline of an afterimage of herself, sitting just behind her and to the right. The face of the afterimage wears a robotic-looking mask. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Fiction” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “A new technology may help a woman regain some mobility and independence by developing an ability she never had before.” The title card and tagline fade. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “‘She went for the Prism tech?’ Jim nodded. ‘Her doctors all signed off on it, and one of them joined us by video during her session— her first session. It went well, but we will continue monitoring her for all sessions going forward. And once we start working with her legs, a physical therapist will also be monitoring the sessions.’ ‘Do you do that with all your clients?’ Jim shook his head. ‘No.’ He glanced through the car window at Mrs. Santi, who was already flipping through a magazine. ‘But none of my other clients are aiming to move things with their minds.’” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at the end as the image blurs, and story title appears at top. Text box appears at center displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.”]
Episode Released: 30 June 2022
When Mrs. Santi first came to Jim’s Gym (as he had so creatively named it), she was just looking for someone to help her exercise the muscles she could still feel and engage with fully, the muscles of her upper body. She aimed to delay getting a powered chair for as long as she could.
She had heard of the Ocular Prism Interface, or OPI as the company called it, or Prism as most other people were calling it. She had read that it was being used to help stave off dementia in some elderly people. And she’d told Jim that if he ever got it, she’d be interested in taking a crack at it.
Story: “Mrs. Santi’s Prism Mask” Copyright © 2018 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production: Nila L. Patel
Music by Andrea Baroni (Cyberleaf)*
“Fugue For One Synthetic Heart”
“March Of The Waking Lights (loop-intro)”
“March Of The Waking Lights No Glitches (loop) (120)”
“You Were Always In The Right Place No Percussion”
Music by Lee Rosevere
“Start the Day”
*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.
Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Music by Andrea Baroni is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
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Find more music by Lee Rosevere at freemusicarchive.org and bandcamp.com
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com
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