Today sees the publication of short story The Stars are Tiny Lights on a Perfect Black Dome over at Metaphorosis magazine, home of beautifully written science fiction and fantasy.
“Chancellor, it’s Zend, at the University. One of your research students. I think you should come and see something.”
The voice on the other end of the line was groggy. The Chancellor didn’t bother to keep the irritation from his voice. “Are you aware what hour it is, Zend?”
“Sorry, yes, it’s late, I know. Or I mean early, depending on how you look at it.”
“Have we inadvertently fabricated another black hole in Astrophysics? Has the Bio lab released a pathogen capable of eliminating all known life in the galaxy? Because if it’s anything less than either of those things I’m not going to be pleased, Zend. Not at all.”
“It’s … it’s nothing like that, Chancellor. Something rather more … philosophical has cropped up.”
“Philosophical! At this time in the morning?”
“Yes, Chancellor, I’m sorry, it’s just … it’s The Experiment.”
“Which experiment? There are hundreds of experiments. What are you talking about?”
“The Experiment. You know, the big globe in the faculty lobby. The Experiment.”
There was, finally, a pause from the other end as the Chancellor grasped what Zend was talking about. His voice was noticeably more shaky as he replied. “Are you saying something has happened after all this time?”
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