Don’t drop your Resonator. Don’t let your client die. In that order.
Echo’s job is simple: travel instantaneously across universes, attend to the customer whose health is in jeopardy (or not), and go home. That’s what the Company wants, and if Echo’s faithful prayers to the Corporate Gods have anything to do with it, that’s what they’ll get.
After all, that’s what customers pay for when they buy a RealEverywhere vacation package—the chance to travel to any universe and do whatever they want, including killing their alternate selves. That’s always fun, right?
It’s a good thing Echo just renewed her life insurance policy, because by the time she reaches her customer’s universe, he’s missing. Something very strange has happened, and after all Echo has seen in her lifetime as an Emergency Medical Technician, that’s something to fear.
“Echo” is a fast-paced corporate sci-fi adventure that combines notes of dark humor with all too possible futuristic concepts.
As of right now, this story is only available in ebook format. However, it will appear in a print “box set” that will be published in June 2022.
Speculative E-Shorts is a growing series of science fiction and fantasy standalone short stories by Jessa Forest. The characters and themes are as varied as the speculative genre itself. These bite sized tales are perfect for enjoying on your lunch break or whenever you want to escape reality for a few minutes.
Jessa makes her slashing way into sci-fi and the realm of multiple universes. A neat turn on time travel paradoxes. A great read that leaves you wanting more.
–Jerry G., author of The Cosmic Design and the Designer (Amazon Review)
This story will hook you in the opening which is an ad for a futuristic space and time travel device that reads like a late night infomercial. It’s fantastic! The story follows Echo, a MedSpec nurse who gets called in to help those who are sick. One of these visits goes terribly awry, and here comes a twist! If you enjoy sci-fi, futuristic, speculative fiction, you will love this story. It is fast paced and the setting will draw you in. I highly recommend! P.S. I think this should be a full length book.
—JLBooks (Amazon Review)
This little story knocked my socks off!
I loved the use of future science and technology. This is a future that seems completely believable. After all, if there was a device that could take you on your ‘perfect vacation’, everyone would want one, right?
The story follows Echo, a medic of sorts who is employed to help customers who need it. She’s on what seems to be a routine job, when things start to turn strange…
Things I loved:
the description of a particularly gory part. Gotta love the blood and guts!
The end (so good!)
Things I didn’t like:
Why is it over already? I want more!
—Lou Yardley, author of Banished and Snuff Fairies (Goodreads Review)