Things go bump in the night as our trio of adventures inhabit the bodies of paranormal researchers in a deserted mansion on a dark and stormy night.
With the Vacation Jury Duty system, jurors can lounge on a comfortable beach while watching the trial via virtual reality. Julio is loving the beach, as well as the views of a curvy fellow juror with a rainbow-lacquered skin modification who seems to be the exact opposite of his recent ex-girlfriend back in Chicago. Because of jury sequestration rules, they can’t talk to each other at all, or else they’ll have to pay full price for this Acapulco vacation. Still, Julio is desperate to catch her attention. But while he struts and tries to catch her eye, he also becomes fascinated by the trial at hand.
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Something is rotten in the town of Widget, and Rags-n-Bones knows it’s all his fault. Ever since he snitched that avocado from Miss Ascot’s pack, things have been going wrong. Armed with a handful of memories he never realized he had, Rags-n-Bones searches for a way to put right whatever he did to Widget in the past. If only he knew what it was! Unfortunately, the only person who seems to have answers is a half-mad youth that only Rags can see.
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For years, Elise has been donning corsets, sneaking into castles, and lying through her teeth to enforce the Place in Time Travel Agency’s ten essential rules of time travel. Someone has to ensure that travel to the past isn’t abused, and most days she welcomes the challenge of tracking down and retrieving clients who have run into trouble on their historical vacations.
Abigail has been hesitant to travel with Sage and Savant because of the dangers involved, but the Doctor and Professor have worn down her resolve. The three of them venture back to Seneca Falls, 1848, just in time to witness the first Women’s Rights Convention. As exciting as this historical event is for the trio, it also ends up reaffirming the long, dangerous road ahead for women.
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An essay by Dr. Henrik Ahlstrom, as provided by Dantzel Cherry
(“Birthing Fire” previously appeared as the 2nd place winner in the Story Star Publishing Short Story Contest in 2012; reprinted in Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2017)
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A recording by Clifford Winter III, Ph.D., as provided by Jeannie Warner
(Originally published in Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2015)
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On December 28, 1879, the Tay Railroad Bridge extending from Wormit to Dundee collapsed whilst a train was crossing, killing all on board. This may not sound like an ideal place to find love, but it is where Dr Sage and Professor Savant find themselves on their latest adventure. Can Sage and Savant find a way to change history, can they transform their fate and forge a bridge to a new future?
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At the age of sixteen, the Dreamer has given up her own life to act as the conduit for the divine dreams that must be interpreted for the survival of the village. Love and relationships are forbidden. Even though her needs are provided for, she longs to be free. The cost of being the Dreamer is not just freedom. When her dreams begin to wane beneath the weight of duty, she is to be killed, quietly replaced by the next Dreamer. Hers is a fate that is kept as quiet as the sacred Garden that is her prison and her place of dreams; guarded night and day against the wayward trill of even the most well-meaning songbird.
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An essay by Jonah Greenwich, as provided by Dorian Graves
Originally published in Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2015