I’ve been a bit slack posting up narrations lately. Blame it on the ‘Rona.
So – here is a triple bill for you:
#1 Joanna Barrett’s story ‘Topek and Me’ takes you back to ancient Eqypt and appears at the 10min mark in the AntipodeanSF radio episode suitably named “Anubis“.
#2 Harry Tobias’ story “The Oldest Soldier” continues the time-travel-with-a-twist theme, and is at the 8’50” mark in the AntipodeanSF radio episode “Anza“.
#3 Matthew R. Doherty’s future-state war memo takes us over the horizon and tells us what we can do with our tactical nukes in this story “Lessons for a Battallion Commander in the Post-Event World” in the AntipodeanSF radio episode “Antwerpia“.
“Fate of the Nameless Child” began as a longer piece of work several years ago; a multi-chapter, multi-perspective narrative and commentary on how people fear the unknown ‘thing’, the unknown ‘one’. Themes of attempting to understand, contain, destroy are explored more deeply in the original.
I shopped it around to several publishing houses to no avail; some lovely feedback on the tone of voice and the themes in the longer form piece, which I am sure I will publish here one day so you can appreciate the full story and more of the characters who only get a passing mention in this version.
Who is the nameless child, and what is their fate?
Alistair, October 2020
p.s. Read my previous piece “Fallen Angel” also published by Antipodean SF.