Watching the Watcher

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A frantic call from a space lane traffic controller is fielded by a helpline representative. Out in the main asteroid belt, stationed on a sophisticated three-kilometer long space habitat, why does the caller find himself utterly alone? Why can't he remember his time away from work? Why does he never leave his cubestation? And why does the helpline rep keep fielding exactly this type of call? More

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About Micah R. Sisk

Micah R. Sisk was born at the U.S. Army medical hospital in Landstuhl, West Germany (there was a West Germany at the time) in 1958, and has lived most of his life since in Frederick County, Maryland, U.S.A. After a close encounter with Engineering, Micah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art from Virginia Tech. He now makes his living as a database analyst at a major U.S. corporation, while in other incarnations he is, or has been, a landscape painter, real estate agent, assistant gallery director, retail sales manager, microfilm quality control tech, musician, composer, and builder of electronic musical instruments.

Micah is married with cat(s) and is often seen puttering around Frederick, Maryland on his bicycle, hanging out at coffee houses reading and writing science fiction tales.

About the Series: The Posthuman Cycle
Earth has been ravished. After centuries of exploitation and mismanagement, the planet’s elite abandon its surface, build sophisticated space habitats and harvest the resources of the solar system for their own use. From these enclaves of the ultra–rich come endless breakthroughs in biology, computer sciences, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and genetic engineering: technologies that many of the elite embrace and employ for (sometimes radical) body and mind augmentation: posthumanity.

Meanwhile, Earth’s governments disintegrate, splintering into fiercely competitive and ideologically motivated factions. Unable to share in the bounties of their former ruling classes, these factions are united in only their fear, hatred, and rejection of posthumanity. Violent pogroms ensue, scouring the Earth of any remaining posthuman vestiges, further isolating Earth’s TruHumans from their posthuman cousins. War threatens, until posthumanity develops faster than light travel and explodes into the galaxy, ceding control of the Sol system to its regressive baseline humans, and to their Biosoloist sympathizers in the space–based enclaves.

The posthuman diaspora thus begins.

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Review by: James Jenkins on Aug. 16, 2014 :
While part of a series it stands alone nicely. well written and engaging.
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Review by: Mary Blackwell on Aug. 2, 2014 :
This story reminded me of the best scifi short stories from the fifties ... in a good way and brought up to date. The pace is fast with time for descriptions so we can see the world the caller inhabits ... but why does he work so hard? Why is his call one of many?

We find out what is going on and the solution and then Micah gives us a final twist. I love the idea of this world and have downloaded Born into Shadow to find out more.
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Review by: Leonie Harlington on July 26, 2014 :
Enjoyable short story with good dialogue and a nice little twist at the end.
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