They meant to “build a better x-ray machine,” but their stromascope can see beyond flesh and bone.

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And of course, a link to the source, the short story.

[Video description: Duration is 43 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. An image of what appears to be a standard x-ray of a human torso, showing ribcage, spine, hip bones, and so on. On closer examination, another skeleton is visible, a smaller one, wrapping around the base of the spine and visible again between the top few ribs. The words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Fiction” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades away. Subtitles appear in time with narration at the top of the screen: “It wasn’t our intention to shift, or even unseat, anyone’s paradigm or worldview. And yet that is what we were about to do. We were about to present an undeniable fact that everyone in that room would be able to check up on. And in doing so, we were about to unleash one of the most exhilarating and frightening things that humanity has ever encountered…true change.” The website URL appears at the bottom and fades only at the very end. At the video’s end, a text box appears over the image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on.  Or listen on my Podcast page at”]

Stromascope Storyfeather

In the suddenly dimmed room full of seated strangers, I heard subdued coughs, the click of a heel, the crack of a knuckle, and the hushed hiss of fabric shifting against fabric or against the hard plastic chairs.

The room brightened from the front, where the image slowly appeared and came into focus, radiant white and familiar. Gasps and murmurs rippled through the room as eyes adjusted to the monotone image and grasped the subtle sight of the unexpected.

Story: “Stromascope” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Stromascope” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by Lee Rosevere
“It’s A Mystery”
“Universe Calling”
“Not Alone”
“Night Caves”
“Under Suspicion”
“Cosmic Drifting”

Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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Tags: backbone, Diane, medical imaging, narumplexus, spine, stromascope, Wu
Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction

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