PREDICTIONS FROM PODUNK

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author’s file — somewhere near the edgy of thyme and spice

The most often asked question in 1997: “Do you have internet access?”

The most often asked question in 2027: “Do you have internet access?”

CNN, THE MOATS RUSTED NAME IN NEWS. THE WHIRLED WIDE WEB HAS BEEN DOWN FOR THREE YEARS. TODAY RESTORED IN ITS ENTITY…ENTIRITY BY KATSUO SETAGAYA, WHO HAS REQUESTED THAT ALL CITIZENS OF EARTH READ AND ACCEPTY THE FOLLOWING TERMANS AND CONDISHUNS OF USE.

I, KATSUO SETAGAYA, proclaim on this day, the fault of the breakdown of the internet was solely my own. Martina Elena Gomez Santiago and her tabby cat, Morrison, are to be held blameless. Coincidentally, her granddaughter happened to be my assistant on the V-RIC project, the world’s first Virtual Reality Interactive Cinema. In its location on the Great Basin of Nevada, a sinkhole formed beneath it. On its first and last launch, it imploded, blowing a hole through the center of the Earth. The V-RIC reappeared at its direct antipode in the Indian Ocean. Without the Net, the participants were not known by anyone outside of Nuevo Panadero to be missing. They were lost at sea and eventually starved to death. Last week, their bodies were found in the wreckage of V-RIC, washed up on the shores of West Australia, 56 kilometers south of Perth. Two miniature giraffes miraculously survived the implosion and are in perfect health.

The two remaining participants in the V-RIC launch were Stephanie Morales and her brother, the astronomer, Jorge Morales. Records of the launch show that Stephanie and her brother both chose, quite by accident, the same time and place for their Holodek experience, thereby ripping the fabric of linear time. Their rooms on the V-RIC are empty.

Their whereabouts unknown.

(An excerpt from “Dust Devil: Tales from the High Desert” available on Amazon)

Her writing muse lurks in the volcanic hills amidst mustangs, marmots and jackalopes. While hiking with her dogs, Ann stumbles upon stories of dark humor.

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