Heterocera Excision (2006): Part One

Heterocera

“Let me be frank with you. Dubree and her associates scare the shit out of me. I worked for them a few times when I was a little younger and a lot less wary, and then I got out. There‚Äôs something not quite right about them.”

Dead Cities & Survivors (2008)

Desert wasteland

“Around me I can see scattered ruins, the relics of something that once was. There is a twitch in my mind: I think that I may remember something of this long-dead civilization but it will not come to me.”

Claimjumper (2006)

Roman scale armour

“We were a team of self-proclaimed archaeologists. Others called us looters, grave-robbers, cavaliers masquerading as serious scientists and explorers.”

In the Night (2006)

Tunnel

“We know they first came for us three nights ago, although we can no longer distinguish between night and day without aid of a watch. None of us ever actually saw the things that came.”

Underground Railroad (2009)

Chicago rail tunnel

“It began seven days before with, as so many things do, a transaction.”

Brighton After the Bomb (2008): Part Two

Palace Pier fire

“It feels its hard, sharp, precise, ordered edges begin to warp and crack as they are assailed by this intolerably sloppy music.”

Brighton After the Bomb (2008): Part One

Palace Pier fire

“The light still creeps into her awareness, and she thinks nuclear bomb! Nuclear bomb! But there is no rush of air or fire or debris washing over her, just this bright, bright light.”

The Disastrous Voyage of the Incredible Flying Squirrel (2006)

Airscrew

“The Mad Scientist, you see, had long ago been expelled from civilised society. Ordinary folk found his experiments, not to mention his exposition, somewhat unsettling.”

Entropy in the Clockwork City (2006): Part Three

Clockwork Love by Tjep

“The clockwork construct was motionless; a spider could be seen abseiling down from its hooked beak. Dust coated its surfaces: thick, furred dust that adhered to every curve.”

Entropy in the Clockwork City (2006): Part Two

Clockwork Love by Tjep

“He followed Palak for several hours, along streets and lanes, across markets and plazas, past street performers and brawls, past taverns and theatres, past destitution and opulence. Neither of them spared a glance for any of it.”