Contamination Event (Short Story #1)

      Adam Wasserman
Contamination Event (Short Story #1)

The planet Zarmina is an object of scientific research with its curious life forms and vast planetary ocean. But when amateurs from Earth arrive looking for fun and entertainment, the situation turns volatile.Contamination Event is the first in a collection of related hard science fiction short stories detailing the wonders and perils of the cosmos.The twenty-third century is a golden age for humanity. A period known as the Troubles - two hundred years of war, famine, and destructive climate change - are behind us. With enough food, energy, and medicine for everyone and robots performing most of the hard labor, individuals are free to pursue their own interests.Technology has advanced. Human beings, using a technique that allows us to fold space, have embarked on an exploration of the nearest star systems. It is an exciting and dangerous proposition, one that attracts the bravest and most curious minds.Two astronauts sent from Earth during the Troubles to scout out Proxima Centauri suddenly arrive to find that everyone has forgotten about them. One hundred years have passed since their departure. After a period of mental recovery, they, too, join in this remarkable endeavor.Contamination Event is a collection of related hard science fiction short stories detailing the wonders and perils of the cosmos.
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    Today's Edition

      Adam Wasserman
Today's Edition

Greetings, citizen, and welcome to the Bunker! An underground, egalitarian dreamland, its people work diligently, eat slop, and watch the tube.Traitors are bent on destroying this heavenly utopia. Fortunately, Control has instituted a regime of security clearances to promote the most trustworthy and enlist their aid against the rising terrorist threat.There's absolutely nothing to worry about.Greetings, citizen. Your interest in Today's Edition has been noted by the authorities. By electing to access illegal, detrimental and highly subversive material, you have identified yourself as a traitor. Please turn yourself in to your Homeland Security neighborhood substation. Alternately, you may choose to stay where you are, and someone will be by to detain you shortly.Today's Edition does not exist. It has never existed. Rumors of a popular e-zine created by the Human Resources conglomerate and then spun off to the private sector for an outrageous amount of money are entirely false and should not be trusted. Likewise, no weekly publication in the Bunker was ever hijacked by traitors - repeatedly - as an instrument to achieve their own nefarious ends. Lastly, slander perpetrated against our most trusted and highly regarded citizens - those with an Alpha clearance - will not be tolerated.How exactly you came to possess knowledge of Today's Edition and where it might once have allegedly been published is surely one of the topics your interrogator will be fond of discussing with you. Why you would wish to spend your time passing on dangerous rumors and gossip is another.On that note, please be prepared to draw up a list of your fellow conspirators and which recent acts of sabotage, subterfuge, and calumny can be attributed to them.Thank you for your cooperation.
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    Ms. Wellington's Oak Tree (Short Story #3)

      Adam Wasserman
Ms. Wellington's Oak Tree (Short Story #3)

A lonely old woman awakes one morning to find that the butcher has climbed into her tree. A quirky little love story.Ms. Wellington's Oak Tree is a collection of short works spanning a variety of genres. Enjoy!A young man returns from a trip to Amsterdam and has an unexpected encounter with customs.In Renaissance Italy, the chance arrival of a devious merchant at an embittered village brings about unexpected renewal.A lonely old woman awakes one morning to find that the butcher has climbed into her tree.The dark, disturbing visions that presage mental illness.A stubborn nanny with progressive ideas challenges her charge's strict, traditional father.When their oracles fall inexplicably silent, the people of Miridia send two emissaries out into the world to seek out the gods.A fat man gets stuck in his neighbor's window and has a surprisingly pleasant evening.In a distant future dominated by corporations, a tiny but fierce light in the skysmudge is ignored at humanity's peril.A distraught man sues everyone because he is miserable.Ms. Wellington's Oak Tree is a collection of short works spanning a variety of genres. Enjoy!
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