After a volunteer for a research study discovers that he is able to operate an ancient device, both he and the device are hunted by the powerful.
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And of course, a link to the source, the short story.
[Video description: 59 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. A car and a semi truck have collided as they were driving alongside each other. Smoke rises from the front of the truck. The driver of the car is seen in multiple positions. He has crashed through the front windshield. But he has simultaneously hung onto the car with the door open, and jumped out of the car, and run from the car. The driver is also standing at the bottom left of the image holding his right wrist and turning back to the crash. A device is wrapped around his wrist. What seems an afterimage of him is visible around him. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image. Title card over the image displays “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Fiction” The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title, which appears from different directions. The title recedes. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the top: “Brian triggered the device. His brakes had failed. His seatbelt would fail. He would go through the window. Or…he would open the door and hang onto the car as it was struck by the semi. The car would roll over on him. Or…he would leap like an Olympic diver. He would survive the crash, but he would have bruises, abrasions, broken bones. He would lie there dazed until he heard a voice telling him help was on the way. Or…he would open the car door, stand on the threshold of the driver side seat, jump down and roll away. He would get lucky, barely a scratch on him if he jumped and rolled away as soon as he could. Brian snapped back to the present.” Website URL displays at bottom right vertically & fades at end as a text box appears over image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.”]
“There were people who once knew how to harness energies that we haven’t yet discovered, or rather, rediscovered,” Dr. Taisho said as she strapped the leathery cuff around his right wrist. “They did so by learning about the world around them and building tools to understand and then use the forces and energies they observed. Wars and calamities overcame the world and most of the knowledge and the tools were destroyed or lost. There are those in the present time who are trying to regain that knowledge. They are finding some of the tools and devices and testing them to see if they still work. This is one those devices.”There are flames in the distance. There is a dragon in the distance. We must ride out to meet him.
Story: “The Makriazaton Mechanism” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Crash Test” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing: Nila L. Patel
Music by Lee Rosevere
“It’s A Mystery”
Music by Andy Ray*
“Action Time (Looped)”
“Drive With Me”
Music by Unnamed Artist(s)*
“Casual Arcade Track #3 (looped)”
“Casual Arcade Track #1 Version 2 (looped)”
“Lyric Voices #4”
*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundle I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.
Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Music by Andy Ray and the unnamed artists is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Lee Rosevere at freemusicarchive.org and bandcamp.com
Find more music by Andy Ray and the unnamed artists at gamedevmarket.net
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com
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