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Month: September 2011

Yet another vignette — revising part of an earlier one as well.

Virhem held the head of the sleeping train conductor in his hand gently, with the same sort of attitude an orderly would hold their patient, practiced and dispassionate. The white noise of the train whispering on its tracks, hovering on the cushion of electromagnetic repulsion, softened the sound of the reflexive struggle as the train conductor’s body fought, for a moment, to wake up. The narcotic mixed in with the paralyzing agent was too strong, smothering Virhem’s victim inescapably. The train conductor’s eyes fluttered, never quite opening before they relaxed… Read more Yet another vignette — revising part of an earlier one as well.

Another vignette — Indoctrination

There were plenty of reason for Michael Alberti to worry about the work he was doing. The tools he was given were the best; the electrical arc sparking at the heat- end was steady, perfect to carve clean, flowing lines. The brands, the inks and needles were no less luxurious. He knew most of colleagues working beside him as well, some of them personally and the rest by reputation. They were the best artists in the city of Strathchylde, and the whole of the Eastern Sun Emirates, working together in… Read more Another vignette — Indoctrination