I’ll admit it. I’m a huge science fiction fan. It wasn’t always like that. I remember so well, sitting in a theater in May of 1977. The now iconic music began and words scrolled across the screen, introducing me to a genre that I would soon come to love. Yes, my first real experience with sci-fi was in the movies, with the Star Wars franchise, but I soon discovered amazing worlds in books I read over and over again.
Science fiction is a huge genre. There are so many different types of stories there, but they all have some element of science involved with them. Whether it’s living space, exploring new planets, discovering civilizations in other galaxies, or something as simple as a futuristic Earth where our lives are far different than they are from now are the norm, a well written science fiction story will attract an audience.
A reality pill… Canoples Investigations returns… Are we computers? plus many other stories in this science fiction anthology from Solstice Universe.
Ten authors with eleven tales to tell: Ray Chilensky, K.C. Sprayberry, Rob McLachlan, Debbie De Louise, Jim Cronin, Rick Ellrod, Natalie Silk, Arthur Butt, E.B. Sullivan, and S@yr bring you stories to delight and entertain.
It seemed like a good idea when they had first introduced it back in 2070. Everyone had experienced something that they would like to forget. After all, who wouldn’t want to forget the death of their first pet or watching a loved one perish in a traffic accident? Synaptic Engineering (or S.E.) seemed, at first, to be the answer to a myriad of psychological and emotional disorders. If you were traumatized, you could just forget what it was that had traumatized you.
The technique had been developed by the military; ostensibly to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Memories that caused social dysfunction were just erased. Soldiers could come home from war without remembering the most terrible parts of it. No longer would these fighters be plagued by horrible nightmares or crippling guilt and depression. The horrors of war could be erased and forgotten in minutes; the warrior was psychically cleansed.
My brother, Kyle, was one of the first war veterans to be treated with synaptic engineering. He had fought as a paratrooper in Taiwan and the Philippines and had suffered from horrific flashbacks and bouts of profound depression. He had never talked about what he had experienced in the war; I had never asked him to. I was a bit ashamed that I hadn’t served, and wouldn’t have known what to say even if I had if I had gotten Kyle to open up. The flashbacks stopped after his S.E. treatment, but the depression persisted.
About the K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
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