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.
Echo is about customer service and being forced to cater to stupid people.
Echo is about parallel universes. With unlimited possibilities and unlimited universes, are you really living your best life?
Echo is about self-examination. And making the most out of a tough situation. Like when you go into work and everything just falls to shit.
This Corporate Science Fiction Short Story takes a lot of inspiration from my fifteen plus years of customer service experience. Of course, I never had a Resonator 9000, but the sentiment is the same. I hope Echo can be one of those stories where you see yourself and thing, “Oh, yeah, that’s totally happened to me before.” But also, “Oh wow, I really hope that doesn’t happen to me.”
Sort of a there-but-for-the-grace-of-god-go-I situation.
I gave my character Echo a lot of my sass and disgruntled feelings about working in situations where customers/clients are not happy for whatever reason. I also gave Echo something I’ve never experienced: she’s happy with her job. I’ve never worked in a job that I’ve 100% loved and I wanted to explore what that might be like in my fiction. I will warn you, there are things in this story that Echo doesn’t love. But in a society where unemployment is the same thing as a death sentence, she puts on her big-girl scrubs and deals (sometimes even like an actual professional lol).
There are hard sci-fi elements to this story, but because it is so short, I’ve kept things at a happy medium-hard. My favorite thing to invent for Echo was a corporate society’s religion. I had a lot of fun thinking about, “What if Wall Street was actually a church?”
This story might be for you if:
- you enjoy fast-paced, character driven stories with tough (but far from perfect) and snarky female protagonists
- you like reading characters get out of tough situations
- you like your sci-fi with dark themes and ominous endings
A Special Note About the Speculative E-Shorts Series:
Speculative E-Shorts is a series of standalone short stories that I want to write for people who need to suspend reality and get away for a little bit. I used to have an hour and forty-five minute commute to work both ways and I struggled to find things to keep me occupied.
My father passed away in 2004 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. One thing that my mother said that broke my heart was how painful the waiting room experience was for her. She had nothing to occupy her time except her fears and worries during scheduled and emergency doctor visits.
Now, my mother is a very analytical person, and she doesn’t read a lot of fiction BUT if you’re stuck in the ER waiting room and need an hour to kill, maybe my stories can help.
Maybe you’re on your lunch break, and you had a shitty start to your shift. Or maybe you want to read something you can finish in one sitting. Speculative E-Shorts can help with that too.
Echo is now available on Kindle Unlimited to read for free and 0.99 cents to buy.
Echo is an ebook only. However, Speculative E-Shorts is a quarterly publication, and as soon as I write enough stories to fill a paperback, there will be paperback Speculative E-Shorts omnibuses available for purchase.