"You must avoid the reflections," the Sender said. "Never look at yourself—or he may look back at you. He will scan the reflections of thousands of millions of worlds and he will find your face.”
They are the hunted. The lives of sixteen people, on four different worlds, begin to collide. As they seek for answers about their hunter, and why he pursues them, they uncover secrets about themselves and about the reflections that betray them. Their only hope is a desperate choice--but the choice carries a cost.
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Sandfly is a debugger, his life limited to finding and fixing malfunctions in the equipment of the Abduls. Any thought outside approved ranges results in instant pain for Sandfly. When he is sent to debug a robot on the mysterious space vessel known as DarkTrench, he unearths few answers, but many questions. What did the robot encounter near the star Betelguese that made it disassemble itself? What is the crew of DarkTrench hiding from him? And what was in the powerful, unearthly transmission that Sandfly begins to hear?
When you enter a Mind, you never know what you will find. Some entry codes look like something cobbled together from kindergarten exercises. Others would take a genius to crack, even after the decay of death has set in. What you hope you’ll find is something reasonably organized.
Engineers or mathematicians are the most efficient, but their minds can be…unusual. You might find a long hallway, lined on both sides with file cabinets, each one appropriately labeled—and yet all of the cabinets flash with a kaleidoscope of colors. Some orderly minds have a library with tiers of books, several stories high, but the shelves sway and hum as though they have a life of their own.
I believe that the three essential building block of a winning story are:
Let me explain why each of these is important:
Okay, I have got to get my jitters down on a page so that I can actually get something done with the rest of my day. Drumroll please...
I just placed in the top 50 for this quarter of the Writers of the Future speculative fiction contest! This thing is, like, THE BIGGEST international contest for speculative fiction, so I imagine there are a LOT of entries per quarter.