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Yuriy Zubovski

Joined June 2009 and calls Thick with Issues home.

68 stories, 2 challenges, 65 comments, and 21 friends

I am a physicist, atheist, collaborative writer, poet, graphic artist, web designer, and Delt.

I’ve written quite a few stories that are ripe for reading, sequeling, prequeling, and commenting, if you’re so inclined.

My favorite ficly thread – or ficly tree, if you will – is one I wrote about Verdanus and Tertius. Please take a gander, and feel free to build off of it! There is no way to ruin the story, if that is something you fear, so your sequels and prequels will always be appreciated!

Stories

  1. Questions I Forgot to Ask

    One year warranty, or two? If my rubbish output is unsatisfactory, do I get a full refund or a new unit? And is the customer service domestic, or outsourced!?

  2. To a Summer Past

    What is there twixt yourself and me? Love? Hope? Three hundred miles? There’s the horizon and naught else to see: We frown as we cannot see our smiles. I’ve spent two months short of a year Waiting to sweep you off of your feet, Four with your voic...

  3. Submitting a Sequel as a Challenge

    He stared at his screen, dumbfounded. Why did he have to choose? Most writers would apply to a challenge by navigating to the Challenges page, but no – he had to first sequel another writer’s submission. It was too late to go back and fix t...

  4. Package Sorter

    “No, just stand here. A carter will push past, you just drop the can in the right bin.” Victor remained both stupefied and flabberghasted. “But, how will I know which bin?” “Don’t be daft man, this is the public line...

  5. Small World

    The steamwagon puffed, hooted, and clicked to a halt. Nigel’s foot tapped expectantly as the door finally hissed open. “William, if I weren’t in such a hurry, I’d have your head!” He settled onto a cushion, then prodded hi...

  6. Thoroughly Embarrassing

    Of course by then I had showered, brushed thoroughly, and even disposed of the toothpick. The police searched my house, and I assured them that I hadn’t seen her for a while either. I couldn’t, however, remember when I had seen her last. I ...

  7. Should Have Brought a Plumber

    “SHE’S GONNA BLOW! I’m tellin’ ya, get down and take cover!” The disaster would be about as bad as an underground city’s generator meltdown, except this was real. Jerry pulled on his comrade’s leg so hard that ...

  8. Banking On the Other Case

    The ship was too bulky and was left in orbit. The captain descended in an exploratory lander, with Horman Cambo along. The hatch opened and their air rushed out into the thin atmosphere. Horman, somewhat incredulous to the situation and thus unaware of...

  9. What If I Was Clockwork?

    “I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen any crystal thefts. Ever. And his story checks out – Penelus was mighty angry when we roused him.” Kelius drifted in his thoughts, but snippets of the lieutenant and patrolman...

  10. An All-Too-Fair Assessment.

    “Set us planetward, but keep us in Tertian shadow. I want to find out what is going on before we are to be assigned to new objectives.” Horman Cambo assented and complied. He was dumbfounded, but perhaps so was the captain. Horman would pro...

  11. Stranger in a Strange Predicament

    The walk back to the Denai residence was unbearable. Keli’s feet tripped him up at every loose stone. His eyes refused to focus, even though he had removed his goggles. And the only thoughts that ran through his mind were of his stolen crystal &#...

  12. Baby Steps

    Proof! Undeniable, unequivocal, proof. Vassi had long wondered if perhaps it was possible, and sometimes imagined that it was true. But now… now he knew! His face had turned into a frightening grimace of vengeful joy, and his eyes must have spark...

  13. Egopathetic

    Perhaps it was only his assumption that others in Kethadria felt the same as he. Kelius, son of two immigrants from Mesopotamia, was destined to continue in his parent’s footsteps – a laborer for his entire life. Were it not for the favorab...

  14. Entering the World

    Was it the Denai family name, or he, Kelius, who was worth nothing? Kelius came to slowly. I must still have my glasses on, he thought as he took in the blurriness of his surroundings. The light was dim – perhaps it is night and there is torchlig...

  15. No Relief for the Wicked, Democrats

    “Voices. You are all mad voices in my head, pulling this way and that. I feel like a crazy person!” Con Gregor had cut short a councillor mid report. “We have idled for two weeks, doing nothing. Nothing. We have issued no ultimatums, ...

  16. Union Out, Coalition In

    Ambassador Ponan allowed for arguments to thrive, but himself stayed quiet. Had he continue to speak, his proposition would have been neglected, while his character was ravaged. His cessation allowed others to take the brunt of any harsh words. When th...

  17. Out in the Open

    Ambassador Ponan had made his way to the podium, and thundered over the speaker through the din. “The problem that no one has bothered to voice, and I’m sure is instrumental to both the decision we make together, as well as the personal dec...

  18. Patience is a Virtue

    He idled in his empty room. The void that Coot left behind offered a quiet that beat drums in Vanco’s head, pounding far worse than the blabbermouth ever had. His only consolation lay in the waxing amelioration from the guards. They had passed hi...

  19. Crazy Is As Crazy Does

    Although Rand Maeli had shown signs of shock first, it was Ulric who eventually broke down. Rand, having recovered several hours later, took it upon himself to assume Jemsen’s post as the leader of this tiny part of the Tertian revolution, while his ...

  20. Taking Words From His Mouth

    The ambassadors were seated in the lecture hall – the closest semblance to a senatorial meeting house that could be found. The veil of action had disintegrated, and most, if not all, were coming to the shared, but still unspoken, realization that...

  21. Rain Check

    He had pleaded exhaustion, promised to return to the topic in the morning, and excused himself. Gustav Jones had almost blurted out in relief that he had been wondering the very same thing as the Ambassador, and had held himself back by the narrowest m...

  22. Wishful Thinking

    Kender Vassi, Counselor of Internal Affairs, studied the stylized rendition of the Brotherhood’s hierarchical structure. Each member had up to three subordinates and one contact, which kept individual knowledge of the entire organization to a min...

  23. The Ultimate Goal

    Sweat beaded on Ulric Jemsen’s forehead and trickled past his eyes. He wiped it away with a dirty hand, yielding only more discomfort. Rand’s question hung as heavy in the air as it had five minutes ago. “Well, Jemsem, what do we do n...

  24. Abort Mission

    Horman Cambo sat before the terminal and frantically pressed keys. He turned about. “S-sir, I c-can’t quite f-figure out what the p-problem is, s-sir!” The captain watched Horman with apparent amusement, but said nothing. Horman hoped...

  25. Knowledge is Power

    Two days had passed, and the stagnation reflected in Con Gregor’s eyes. “Frankly, I am at a loss.” He had lost the intensity of emotion that had stifled the advisors previously; now they were stifled by his surrender. One of the advis...

  26. The Fact of the Matter

    “Jones? Jones, is that you?” Gustav Jones started with surprise at hearing his own name. He turned to face the general direction of the voice, though he could make out very little in the dark. Stupor still held him silent. “Jones, if ...

  27. Profession of the Recently Unemployed

    Astonishment. Jaden Kapur’s mouth hung open even after four hours of proceedings. From the Ambassador’s accusation of his incompetence, to the removal of the body, to his swift unemployment, Jaden’s mouth hung open. The air was thin a...

  28. Survivors Anonymous

    I’m not stupid. I’ve seen the films. Zombies like brains, and intestines, and flesh in general. Zombies are drawn to flesh much like a fat American is – was – drawn to a Big Mac. You can’t really blame them. There is also ...

  29. Edison. Trey Edison.

    One of the biggest barriers to artificial intelligence was the Interpretation Engine – a program so thick, so cyclical, so modular, that no one knew how it worked. Unfortunately, the IE wasn’t designed to understand the IE algorithm, so whi...

  30. You want General-Tso's Tofu?

    “No, I do not want Chicken Fried Rice! Is my – No, no! I am not placing an order! I’m trying to connect to my mother!” You would think that while on the AirPhone with my mother, through a geographic dislocation, I would get disc...