"Please hear me. We are all in danger, the most terrible danger; we are all going to die terrible deaths. If you can hear me, if anyone can hear me, remember these words. Please. Pass them on to your children, and to theirs. You are our one hope..."
Ansible 15715, a short story, is a frantic broadcast from the mind of a woman lost in time, a researcher trying to forewarn the human species about an unexpected and terrifying threat.
There is very little chance that anyone will hear her plea.
Unless possibly you.
This is a short (roughly 17 pages) story that in all it's briefness packs quite a punch to the gut. It's interesting and terrifying all in one. The best and worst thing about short stories is that you get the *BOOM* parts of the story, but you miss out on the other tidbits. This makes for a wham bam thank you ma'am kind of story, but can also leave you craving more. WHICH IS TOTALLY WHAT HAPPENED TO ME! I wanted more.
Stant Litore's writing is so good and yet so hard to describe. He can be both and angel and a devil all in one. He's an angel for writing such wonderful and thought provoking stories, and a devil for using those stories to make you want to curl up into a ball and hide. The fact that he does this with only 17 pages ..that's just piffle.
Good short stories leave an impression, and Ansible 15715 left a big one.