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JonB

Joined July 2013.

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Story writing: an unfortunate symptom of a leaky brain.

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  1. Half-silvered

    John experienced a strange bifurcating sensation as he left the cliff edge: a real existential moment or, as his mother would have put it, a funny turn. Far below, seething tongues of foam lapped through the ruined vehicle, sucking it inexorably out to...

  2. Ascension II: The Enchanted Loom

    …and tore a hole in the world. The fabric of reality fell back and Akin stepped through into a vast, starless night. He was outside the hyperspatial heliosphere. Within, he saw Synod homeworld orbiting twin suns between which a zillion particles ...

  3. Ascension II: An Unwelcome Visitor

    Akin sprang to his feet, crying out as scorched skin split over swollen joints. He closed his eyes and wished, and then – was healed. He laughed with relief: so, he was potent in this realm. He recognized the repetitive vegetation of Heaven’...

  4. Ascension II: Quid Pro Quo

    Akin had known Dona was Synod the moment he met her: that air of scornful judgement and perpetual dissatisfaction. Of course, having been married once, Akin knew that in itself, that wasn’t unusual – but her interest in Yrtl was the real cl...

  5. John Connaught is Dead

    John Connaught was disappointed by the lack of reaction to his death – but on reflection decided he ought not to be surprised, for he had, really, been dead for decades. The finest philologist of his generation, he had loosed a salvo of seminal w...

  6. Killing Schicklgruber

    Schicklgruber woke to the watery light of a Viennese morning. “Adolf!” a voice called from below, “Breakfast!” Dear Mrs Adler – his landlady, but more a mother to him since his own had passed on. “Coming!” he c...

  7. Ascension II: Burnt Offering

    Ascension was swift and exhilarating, once Akin cut the cord that tethered him to his mortal body. A sudden pressure, a fleeting pain – and he was free, hurtling away from the illuminated circle of his Earthly existence. He saw his own limp body ...

  8. Ascension II: A Magician

    When Mauris came, her heart swelled with joy – or as near the real thing as she could recall. Just to see another person, to hear another voice was enough: a single green shoot in the desert. Mauris was a magician, able to infuse colour into the ...

  9. Ascension II: What Remains

    Death had been unpleasant, and resurrection hardly less traumatic – but how much worse was the emptiness that followed. Nuncio Aila had walked the arcades of Heaven, vainly hoping to rekindle that internal flame of which she had scarcely been awa...

  10. Epilogue: The Eternal Mr West

    They buried him one gloomy November afternoon, Mr West tutting and fussing throughout the ceremony much to the annoyance of the vicar, who took the ragged figure for an impious relative of the deceased. Thereafter, happiness reigned briefly at Tor Mano...

  11. Ascension II: Halfway to Heaven

    Yrtl’s vision bloomed into whiteout, everything dissolving in a blizzard of fizzing, luminous pixels. Light surrounded and permeated all, radiating from some distant source. An incredible sound – a billion angels, singing harmonics – ...

  12. Ascension II: Hijack

    Yrtl felt as though the top of his skill was being prised off, from the inside. He tried to scream, but no sound emerged; the ambient lowlife hubub continued, regardless of the fact that a patron was being murdered in one of the booths. Business as usu...

  13. Mr West Causes a Stir

    The Captain gazed at the mortal remains of Mr West, wrinkled and flaccid as a deflated balloon. How tranquil he looked. “Blödmann,” he cursed quietly, sliding the lids shut over eyes already losing their transparency, like those of a dead ...

  14. Ascension II: Theophany

    The Doc was right – a couple more lichuors later, and Yrtl didn’t give a damn about Dona, much less his refrigerator. Slack-jawed, he slumped in the booth and watched the entertainment: an ancient, jumpy holotape of a couple of barely-clad ...

  15. Ascension II: Tic-Tac-Tony’s

    Half an hour later, he was sitting in a booth at Tic-Tac-Tony’s, listening to Doc Akin crunch his way through a patty made from something chitinous. “You know what’s been buggin’ me most?” asked Yrtl, “How did she find out about that 10,000...

  16. Ascension II: The Candour of White Goods

    The wall was pretty dumb at the best of times, but Yrtl still felt it was deliberately ignoring him, so eventually he gave up and tried the bedroom curtains instead. “Hey, curtains! Where’s Dona?” The curtains, silent witnesses to the most intima...

  17. Ascension II: Talkin' to the Walls

    Yrtle pushed his way through the slow-flowing sludge of low-grades exiting Center, noticing one guy in an Atomworks uniform a size too big for him casting furtive glances at everyone. Escaped con, he surmised – must have hopped off a transport, &...

  18. Ascension II: Commute (Mature)

  19. Ascension II: Insider

    “Jeez, what’s eatin’ him?” muttered Lynt. “How the hell a guy like that keeps a woman like Glenda,” Yrtl mused. “I’ve had better conversations with the zombies.” He indicated the noncons, mechanical...

  20. Frame 313

    Hilda, at the Ehrlich console, watched the chronoframes clicking by, her finger on the DELETE key. “Now,” said Blake. She hesitated, and remembered. ~ “You’re quite sure?” said Brom, the ministry man sent to hold up the Government’s...

  21. The Reverend Holds Forth

    They enjoyed an intimate silence, despite the presence of Reverend Fludd, who slurped tea and ate cake with enthusiasm. Presently, Lady Tor rang the table bell, and Nancy appeared. “Do please check if Mr West has finished his nap and wishes to join u...

  22. Lady Tor Says Farewell

    Lady Tor heard shots and felt the sky darken; crossing to the window, she saw the air full of birds, wheeling in a great mass above the house. And then, they were gone – and with them a pressure that, having lived with it so long, she only now recogn...

  23. Ascension II: They

    “Musta been a tech, goofin’ around,” said one of the guys. “Or some crazy, hacking into the network. Those security protocols are way outta date.” “I’m not sure.” Yrtl watched his food congeal for a moment. “He was so kinda desperate....

  24. Ascension II: Lunchtime Autopsy

    Yrtl sat in the Atomworks canteen and prodded doubtfully at his veet-meat: grown in a nutrient-tank for 30 days, and sure as hell looked like it. Outside, the urban sprawl of Juno Station clung like a plaque to the surface of the moon. “So, whadya sc...

  25. Ascension II: Dissociation

    “An army marches on its stomach, Commander,” countered Ishikawa. “Ancient wisdom, but nonetheless true. Surely they taught you that at the Academy, if nothing else.” Reckall watched the Captain closely. Pupillary response and skin conductivity ...

  26. Ascension II: Waiting Game

    Within the cramped confines of Shuttle 2, the crew made merry with the remaining rations while awaiting the arrival of Holmes. The shuttle was an optimistic tangle of jury-rigged repairs; having miraculously achieved lift-off and the journey to Juno wi...

  27. Ascension II: Prisoner

    Several minutes passed before the screen lit up again. What next? thought Yrtl, before it appeared once more – if anything, more lined and craggy, but definitely the same face. “Hello?” Yrtl ventured. “I think I lost you for a moment.” “Wha...

  28. Ascension II: Contact

    Yrtl’s initial reaction, forgivable he hoped, was to beat on the walls and shout for help. But of course, the Seal of the Confessional was absolute and bolstered by the resistant, soundproof fabric of the Autofess booth – so eventually he s...

  29. Story rewritten and posted later in sequence

    Story rewritten and posted later in sequence – please move on to following instalment.

  30. Lord Tor Shoots Game

    Lord Tor stalked the woods with his shotgun, and longed for a life he had never known. A mere child when his father had been killed and the war lost in that final, decisive battle, he was now 19 years old – a grown man – and ready to reclaim his wo...

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