The head transplant was almost successful

We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
-Julius Oppenheimer on the first atomic bomb. (more…)

Our extra son was for experiments

Imagine being lost in the open ocean, frantically bailing water out of a sinking raft which refills exactly as fast you empty it. You will never be found, never be saved. Sooner or later you’ll need to rest and cease your constant vigilance, but you’re still fighting the waves for as long as you can. However hopeless, the terror of that dark water is more real than everything else in your dying world. That’s what being a mother was like to me. (more…)

I was conscious while they opened me

If I told you it was dark here, you wouldn’t understand. Darkness means something different to you than it does to me. A flip of a switch or push of a button and the world will materialize around you. The blackest night contains glimmering reflections or shades of varying depth which give context to your despair. (more…)

Life 2.0

I was 16 when I saw the first crack: a jagged line, about four feet long but less than an inch wide. I found it by the sidewalk behind my house. Not on the sidewalk. The crack was in the air, visible from every direction as I circled around it. Harmlessly suspended, and nothing more. (more…)

The Dark Matter Dimension

When I started my own security company, I taught myself everything I needed to know. From website design to incapacitating a target; if it’s in a book, I can learn it. This business with quantum mechanics and dark matter though? I don’t think any number of books would untangle that mess for me. Hell, I don’t even know if there are books on the stuff Dr. Angelo has brewing. Considering how protective and jealous he is over his laboratory, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was the first one on the planet to really make sense of this.  (more…)