TWA #50 – Mad Science

“There’s Always Time” by Joseph Devon


“Scientific Inquiry” by J.R.D. Skinner


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Welcome, short story lovers, to our 50th battle.

They said it couldn’t be done! They said you were mad! MAD! But you’ll show them! You’ll show them all! MWAHHAAHAHAHAHAAAAA!

Ahem. What we meant to say is that science is a wonderful tool for the betterment of mankind, but sometimes it gets a little out of hand, especially in fiction.

Maybe a researcher breathes in the wrong fumes from his latest chemical concoction and starts to go a little crazy. Maybe a lunatic wants to use the power of science to make his insane dreams a reality. Maybe it takes a slightly unstable mind to fully comprehend the deep mysteries of the universe.

However it happens, when madness and science meet the results are bound to be fascinating, and this week we wanted our authors to explore that potent concoction. We told them to write a story about a mad scientist. It may be someone who yearns to wield the power of the gods, someone who is so preoccupied with whether or not they can, they never stop to think if they should, or it may be someone who suffers from madness of a more grounded and realistic nature.

Who will make a breakthrough and who will lose their funding?

Let’s find out!

Representing the arena this week is Joseph Devon with “There’s Always Time.”

Battling against him is J.R.D. Skinner with “Scientific Inquiry.”

The Altercation of the Analysts has begun!

We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.

And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).


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