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on: March 27, 2020, 11:05:37 PM
Escape Pod 725: Falling Through

Author: Steen Comer
Narrator: Roderick Aust
Host: Mur Lafferty
Audio Producer: Summer Brooks

Escape Pod 725: Falling Through is an Escape Pod original.


Woke up again. Checked the news feeds. Everything seems to be about the same, though there is news of a presidential candidate who I don’t remember dropping out of the race. It’s really hard for someone in my position to take an interest in politics, so that’s not really a strong indication. Maybe I just wasn’t paying attention.

I went to work and the office was still there. My memory tells me I’ve had this job for a few months now, which is helpful. One of the most traumatic shifts I had, because it was one of the first, was showing up at my office job and finding that it was an auto body shop. Luckily I had a faint memory of another location and was able to get there only half an hour late. My boss didn’t even notice.

That was when I first started really thinking about the shifts. I had been seeing the small ones for a long time, but that was the first incontrovertible one, the first that I couldn’t explain away as an error of memory. I thought I was going crazy, of course. Spent a while like that. And, in a case like this, it’s impossible to be sure that I’m not crazy. But I’ve found a Practical Operational Paradigm, as Jonas was fond of saying.

Oh Jonas. First shifter other than myself I ever met. Last one I ever saw. I should get back to work. I don’t know why today I need to write this down again. Maybe it’s the sky. It’s a flat grey that could be anywhere. It’s the color of Claire’s eyes.

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Reply #1 on: March 30, 2020, 03:18:49 PM
Hello EscapePod. This is my first post here and I hope all is well with you. Please feel free to use this feedback.

I enjoyed Falling Through and was sad and hopeful for the protagonist to find his girl. I am still considering how his future self became distanced from his present self (I did not see that twist coming by the way)
This story reminded me of Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1984. I loved this ending better than Heinlein's.
Did you hear that? BETTER THAN HEINLEIN!
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Reply #2 on: April 03, 2020, 04:09:14 PM
Thank you for the feedback!

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Reply #3 on: April 04, 2020, 05:32:33 AM
I also liked this story a good deal.  Much as I hate to admit it, I’m a sucker for a bit of romance blended in with my science fiction.  (Call it “character development.”)  The direction in which this story went surprised me, in a good way—although not a feel-good way.  Roderick Aust’s narration was a definite plus.