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Monday 18 January 2010

Remorseless Time

My 91st short story just published!

Today I received a cheque and complimentary copy of Telling Tales #4 – Winter 2009 – for my science fiction story ‘Remorseless Time’, which is featured and begins:

‘Why do you go back?’ the very thin and pallid temporal engineer asked, the last in a long litany of familiar questions. One of these days, he might get a different answer from me. But not this time.

‘I want to suffer contrition,’ I said, as usual, ‘but can’t.’

Sitting opposite, the NB judge leaned back and sighed. ‘You can’t change the past, Mr Thurston.’ The judiciary’d dispensed with wigs fifty years ago. He looked like a kindly uncle rather than a hanging judge. Not that they hung anybody in New Britain. In a way, indoctrination was much worse. Death was final. Indoctrination seemed like a living death to free spirits like Donna, Tim and me…

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Laurie Powers said...

Congratulations, Nik! I'll have to check it out.

Nik Morton said...

Thanks, Laurie. Enjoyed your grandfather's noir story in BTAP too! Look forward to hearing about the collection.

David Cranmer said...

I'm with Laurie. Those opening lines attract.

And congrats on the 91st!

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Nik Morton said...

Thanks, David. HBT is the 93rd now. And I've just finished my fourth western, subject to final edit. Whether it's suitable for BHW is another matter.