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EP577: The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison You Make for Yourself

AUTHOR: Matt Dovey
NARRATOR:Tina Connolly
HOST: Divya Breed

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–then scooted her chair over to the microscope. Amira only needed a glance at the holographic zoom floating over the scope. The viral cells were replicating rapidly, budding and splitting at a phenomenal rate.

“Hey, Mariana, look at this.” Amira indicated the hologram, then was struck, at once, with an overwhelming sense of déjà vu: something beyond the familiarity of her lab and its clean white surfaces, or the flat icy plains of Europa beyond the carbonglass windows. And more than the déjà vu, there was a feeling of _instantaneousness_, that this moment had arisen out of nothing, that nothing was all that had been there before, that everything had just–_appeared_.


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Re: EP577: The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison...
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2017, 11:18:36 AM »
I enjoyed this one a great deal. For the first few minutes I was bored, then I got the concept and at first felt cheated, then, the concept flipped itself and I fell in lurv. Lovely story, love the short length too.

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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2017, 08:09:04 PM »
This was just lovely. I really enjoyed it. :)
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2017, 10:25:44 AM »
I cursed at the end of this. Because it ended. And broke my heart.

Very well done.

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Re: EP577: The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison...
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2017, 12:00:23 PM »
This was just lovely. I really enjoyed it. :)

To clarify: Here I was, driving home from work through Atlanta, rush-hour traffic, taking back roads (i.e., lots of traffic lights) because the Interstate was a parking lot, and listening to Escape Pod.

And then everything got all blurry and it was hard to see to drive. I was glad I had a red light. It seems that someone -- some DASTARD -- was cutting ONIONS in my back seat! Clearly! Because why else would I be crying?
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Re: EP577: The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison...
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2017, 04:19:10 PM »
This was just lovely. I really enjoyed it. :)

To clarify: Here I was, driving home from work through Atlanta, rush-hour traffic, taking back roads (i.e., lots of traffic lights) because the Interstate was a parking lot, and listening to Escape Pod.

And then everything got all blurry and it was hard to see to drive. I was glad I had a red light. It seems that someone -- some DASTARD -- was cutting ONIONS in my back seat! Clearly! Because why else would I be crying?

Sounds like you should go protest that new onion farm. ;)

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Re: EP577: The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison...
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2017, 07:15:26 PM »
Loved this story. Great narration and I thought the special effects were really well done too.

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Re: EP577: The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison...
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2017, 08:38:45 AM »
I enjoyed this one a great deal. For the first few minutes I was bored, then I got the concept and at first felt cheated, then, the concept flipped itself and I fell in lurv. Lovely story, love the short length too.

Agree with all of this. Lovely story and really interesting perspective.

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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2017, 04:41:56 PM »
This is the best kind of horror. Thank you.
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Re: EP577: The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison...
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2017, 04:49:15 PM »
Heart-aching. Amira's hologram's self-awareness was too bittersweet.

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Re: EP577: The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison...
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2017, 02:30:03 PM »
What it means to be a humann?
To have conciousness?
is it brain patterns only?
or something more?

That was a good story trying to get at those questions.

Narration was not noticeable = very good.

And FFS people didn't you get the memo? You shouldn't go to Europa, attempt no landing


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Re: EP577: The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison...
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2017, 01:10:24 AM »
Lovely story that raises philosophical questions and has an engaging perspective-altering twist. Nice!
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Re: EP577: The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison...
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2017, 10:39:07 AM »
This was well done. The ending twist was not expected, not telegraphed too soon. Very well done.

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Re: EP577: The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison...
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2017, 04:27:24 AM »
Hey all, author here. This is just a note to say thank you all for everything you've said above: I'm not exaggerating when I say this thread has been a reliable source of smiles in what's been a very tough year for me, and it means so much to see comments like the above. It's not often I feel competent at this gig (cf. every other writer ever), but y'all are making it possible to believe. Thank you <3
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