“Behold, this dreamer cometh . . . let us slay him . . . and we shall see what will become of his dreams.”
A mysterious city calls out across time, altering the lives of six who journey through it. Is it an illusion, a dream, or a path to redemption?
A star warrior goes into the city on a planet where souls disappear. A healer sings the songs in his heart but to his village he is a demon–he seeks the walled city of his dreams as sanctuary. A modern physicist looks at the city as a world of high towers, filled with corruption, where power and money are gods. A young Chinese couple fear imminent attack by marauders and escape into the desert and mountains to find the crystal city they believe is their refuge.
For Enya, the narrator, the city was once a utopia. It is lost to her, a place that now appears to her only in visions when she listens to cylinders of ancient music. Within the music are songs, voices from many dimensions, the others telling her their stories. Her life becomes intertwined with theirs and the borders of time shift.
Who is she, the voices ask?
Targeted Age Group: 18+
Regina Clarke follows her passions for reading mysteries, watching film noir and 1950s science fiction B-grade (often C-grade) movies and feeling reverence for nature and all wildlife. She calls the Hudson River Valley home, and it pleases her no end to live not very far from where Rod Serling grew up and Jane Roberts encountered Seth.
Her stories have appeared in Thrice Fiction, Kzine, Bewildering Stories, Mad Scientist Journal, NewMyths, Aurora Wolf, and T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog, among others. In the spring of 2012 she was a finalist in the Hollywood SCRIPTOID Screenwriter’s Feature Challenge for her script “Second Chances.” In October 2016 her YA fantasy MARI was a finalist in the ListenUp Audiobooks competition. In January 2017, my short story “Calliope” was featured on The Strange Recital podcast in Woodstock, NY.
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