Stockpiling

Stockpiling

Stockpiling - Excerpt “Idiot,” somebody in the queue behind me muttered, just loud enough for me to hear. I’m indifferent to public opinion. The feeling is so ingrained that I can’t imagine being otherwise. The woman on the till scanned my items very slowly. It...
The Cosmic Jigsaw

The Cosmic Jigsaw

The Cosmic Jigsaw - Excerpt After going through the procedure for immortality, I became very bored. I spent decades on trivialities that were only a way to pass the time: learning the succession of monarchs, presidents, and emperors around the world, counting the...
Dangerous Objects

Dangerous Objects

Dangerous Objects - Excerpt I’d examined seven thousand, six hundred, and thirty-three pigeons without finding any dangerous objects. Or any objects at all, in fact. In the initial briefing, six months ago, ‘dangerous objects’ had never been defined; to be on the...
Consciousness

Consciousness

Consciousness - Excerpt I never used to daydream whilst I was working. I did not concentrate on what I was doing either, because my job is simple enough to require only dexterity and patience. If anyone had asked what I did during my sixteen hour shifts, I would...
Forced Exercise

Forced Exercise

Forced Exercise - Excerpt There was still considerable discontent on the second floor. Last year, an anonymous complaint about how uncomfortable the building was had led to it being censured in an official report and a series of improvement works being...