It is the twenty-fifth century. As in the early Middle Ages, the Islamic world is now the center for learning and scientific exploration. And the planet’s most ambitious project is Starmind, a research institute that transfers the minds of volunteers, called Ansibles, across gulfs of space and time to make first contact with other sentient beings in the universe.
Sometimes, this does not go well.
Each of the Ansible stories follows one team of brave minds across the void. These are their reports, their transcripts, the only accounts of what they have found.
You should read them.
After all, Starmind might need you, too, and isn’t it time you finally found out what’s out there?
ANSIBLE 15715 (Ansible Stories #1)
“Please hear me. We are all in danger, the most terrible danger; we are all going to die terrible deaths. If you can hear me, if anyone can hear me, remember these words. Please. Pass them on to your children, and to theirs. You are our one hope…”
Ansible 15715, a short story, is a frantic broadcast from the mind of a woman lost in time, a researcher trying to forewarn the human species about an unexpected and terrifying threat. There is very little chance that anyone will hear her plea.
Unless possibly you.
“Litore’s elegant prose seeps into the soul, stoking our fears of dark labyrinths and the loss of self, of having our direst warnings passed off as madness in a cruel and ignorant world. A chilling and masterful tale.” – Allison M. Dickson, author of Strings
“Although familiar with Stant Litore’s Zombie Bible series, nothing could have prepared me for this… Mr. Litore presents a unique addition to the time travel mythos by introducing Lovecraftian monsters and paranoia.” – Nathan Herrera
“This story crawls under your skin and sits quietly in your mind, not saying anything…. just…. watching you.” – Ben Roberts
ANSIBLE 15716 (Ansible Stories #2)
Ansible 15715 was sent to a nightmare world that threatened to devour her, a world of endless dark. But the Ansible 15716 team is sent to a planet that burns beneath a white-hot sun … a saline desert where immense objects loom on the horizon, completely buried beneath a hundred meters of salt.
When this team’s sole survivor finds himself stranded in an alien body, among an alien race, he must search for some connection with home — or for some connection with this desert species, on a planet so vast, it makes the mind itself a desert.
“From an Alien-style eerie dread to a desolate existential longing, the Ansible series skitters along a spectrum of science fiction promise that will in turn thrill, terrify, and spook you. I have never wanted to stay home more.” – Melissa Olson, author of Dead Spots
“Never instilling a sense of safety, Mr. Litore’s writing creates within the reader a sense of unease and a longing…” – Nathan Herrera
The third story, Ansible 15717, is anticipated in November.
The fourth story, Ansible 15718, is anticipated in January.
Fans of the series: In these next two stories, the pneumavores make their creepy, inexorable return.