By Colin F. Barnes
Humans aren't any longer the largest risk to survival.
In a post-apocalyptic destiny, humanity survives inside of a unmarried domed urban governed by means of a shadowy employer often called The relations. Gerry Cardle reluctantly runs the dying Lottery. It's a role he despises, but one that retains his identify off the record. till at some point, regardless of his contract with The family members, his identify is inexplicably drawn next.
With his international crashing down round him and with simply seven days left to stay, Gerry realises that the procedure has been breached by way of a malicious synthetic intelligence. which will store his existence and look after the protection of these in the urban, he needs to do the unthinkable: flee to the deserted wastelands outdoors the dome.
Bitter, resolute, and with not anything left to lose, Gerry must do no matter what it takes to survive--even if it potential sacrificing his freedom, and doubtless worse--his existence.
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He set foot on the first step. A single deep clear note rolled across the canyon; the feeling of uneasiness swelled to an irrational dread. He could see that his men were infected with it. Resolutely he mounted the second step. Another and different tone echoed through the hills. He marched steadily up the long flight, his men following reluctantly. A slow, ponderous and infinitely tragic largo kept time to his labored steps, labored because the treads were just too broad and the lifts just too high for comfort.
Through the door he saw a vast empty hall and on the far side an altar, large in itself, but dwarfed by the mammoth proportions of the room. The inner walls shone, each with its own light, red, blue, green, golden. The ceiling was a perfect, flawless white, the floor an equally perfect black. There was nothing to be afraid of here, he told himself, this illogical but horribly real dread was a sickness, unworthy of a warrior. He stepped across the threshold. A momentary dizziness, a flash of terrifying insecurity and he collapsed.
Graciously, our prayer was answered. " Scheer, at the control board, picked this moment to increase the volume on the fourteen-cycle note. With nameless fear pressing his heart, confused, baffled, the lieutenant took the easy way out. He gathered his men about him and marched back down the broad flight of stairs, colossal organ music still following him in awful, inescapable accompaniment. "Well, that's that," Ardmore commented as the little group disappeared in the distance. "First round to God's chilluns.