Had this little gem float through my twitter feed yesterday because it’s available for free on Amazon (at the time of writing this). Judging the book entirely by it’s cover I went and checked it out.
It’s the first in a series of shorts, collectively known as The Ansible Stories by Stant Litore.
It’s a quick 19 pages and sounded interesting, so I took a break from what I was reading to read this.
“Please hear me. We are all in danger, the most terrible danger; we are all going to die terrible deaths. If you can hear me, if anyone can hear me, remember these words. Please. Pass them on to your children, and to theirs. You are our one hope…”
Ansible 15715, a short story, is a frantic broadcast from the mind of a woman lost in time, a researcher trying to forewarn the human species about an unexpected and terrifying threat.
There is very little chance that anyone will hear her plea.
Unless possibly you.
Sounds ominous, no?
The story starts with our protagonist, a young woman, being burnt at the stake for being a witch. She’s sending out psychic pleas for help in the hope that anyone can hear her.
We then flip to where it all began. She was part of a program, Starmind, to send a mind and consciousness across to distant stars. There, they take over the mind of another in order to communicate and let them know they are not alone in the universe.
She winds up in the body of a frail human male among a group of them, kept like cattle to be fed upon. The evil aliens work similar to Emohawks in Red Dwarf, where they feed off emotions, in particular fear.
I can’t say too much more without giving any more away about this short story.
In the end there are a few questions left unresolved, presumably to be tied up in future parts as they are released.
A quick read with lots of promise. I’ll no doubt read the others in this series.
Get it while it’s free from Amazon! Not sure if it’s permanently free, so check for yourself.