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Yesterday You Said Tomorrow - My most recently published story

My story "Drop-ins" was published this week in the "Yesterday You Said Tomorrow" anthology released by Burnt Offerings Press. I'll include links to buying a copy if you are interested below but let me just say a quick word about this story.



"Drop-ins" was originally conceived as the third chapter in a much larger work on time-travel. I got into my head the idea of non-paradoxical time-travel, the question of how could you have time-travel that didn't cause some kind of logic busting paradox. With Drop-ins that idea coalesced around the notion of time displacement. Basically, we are already time-travelers. Every day we travel exactly one day into the future. What if you could put the conscious mind to sleep for a period of time, say a year, or ten, or thirty and then wake it up inside your own body. While your primary self was asleep, your life would be carried by a "stand-in" personality, basically a dimmer, slightly less-than-version of yourself. The only catch would be that once your trip into the future was done, you would not remember any of it, your mind would return to the exact moment you activated the time displacement machine. The story revolves around an intrepid band of chrononauts attempting to see how far they can press into the future while coping with the consequences of living a life in fast-forward.

The other stories are very clever and well worth a read! I hope you enjoy the anthology. If you do have some thoughts specific to my story, feel free to record them in the comments.

You can find the anthology for purchase through the following links:
CreateSpace Direct:  
https://www.createspace.com/4905937

Amazon Print-On-Demand
http://www.amazon.com/Yesterday-You-Said-Tomorrow-Anthology/dp/1500533130

Amazon Kindle/E-book Version
http://www.amazon.com/Yesterday-You-Said-Tomorrow-Power-ebook/dp/B00LV2PXTE

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