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Time Crawlers: Dystopian Science Fiction Stories around Time Travel, Alien Invasion, Dark Artificial Intelligence, Psychics by [Sayal, Varun]

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Time Crawlers: Dystopian Science Fiction Stories around Time Travel, Alien Invasion, Dark Artificial Intelligence, Psychics Kindle Edition

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SS: No, no, no, let me explain clearly how this works. A man or a woman, whom we will call our ‘performer of the night’, comes onto the stage wearing nothing but underwear. He waves to a hundred thousand people who are watching their webcams observing his each and every move. They are whom we will call our ‘viewers of the night’. And then the performer enters the iron cage and our staff lock the cage from outside. He then douses himself with highly flammable unleaded A-1 kerosene – that’s jet fuel. All those who are watching via the webcams, their hearts are now beating very fast. A countdown starts: Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one … and performer lights himself on fire! Within a fraction of a second, the blue flames engulf his whole body. He cries horrendously with intolerable pain as the raging conflagration rips off his skin, corrodes his flesh, melts his bones, and burns his meat-bag being further out of existence with every passing second. He runs around, in extreme pain, but collides with the cold-rolled steel bars of the cage he is locked in. This pyro-show goes on until the performer’s fully burnt, lifeless body falls to the ground. His corpse makes a few rapid aftershock movements before going completely still … That, my friend, is our show “The Burning Man”, and it’s the most-viewed and highest-growing entertainment show on our portal “Death by Crowd”. It’s available pay-per-view every Thursday night at 8 PM Eastern.

Interviewer: Wow. A man setting himself on fire and burning down to ashes within seconds. That must be a soul-shaking experience for any viewer. And all these viewers, thousands of viewers you say, they pay a fee to watch this performer burn himself?

SS: Yes, they do. It's a pay-per-view show…

[Excerpt from story “Death By Crowd”]


Reviews on GoodReads and Amazon:
“Quick and super-enjoyable! Kind of like a collection of X-files + moral philosophy + AI + dark web + plot twist mash-up super bonanza!” ~ Mara

“Time Crawlers is a gripping and fun read. Varun Sayal's writing is incredibly imaginative and original. I enjoyed every second of reading this short compilation of out of this world stories. If you are a fan of science fiction you should definitely pick up this book.” ~ Lauren

”Time Crawlers was my favorite. I know… that’s the short story that gave the book it’s name. But seriously the concept of that story made me think about life, past, present and future and I just loved that.” ~ Jessica

”Damn Good! The author takes us through a roller-coaster ride of a breath-taking narrative. Considering how vast the field of science fiction is, he weaves some mean tales.” ~ Shatarupa”

”The stories grabbed my attention instantly and were quite addictive and hard to put down.” ~ Surbhi


A look at the Stories:
1. Nark-astra, The Hell Weapon: The weapons he possesses make him the destroyer of worlds, and he burns for revenge. A high-tech take on ancient Indian mythology.

2. Death by Crowd: The dark desires of the masses; darknet websites fueled by a crypto-currency. What lurks in the background – an advanced artificial intelligence?

3. Genie: He rubbed a lamp alright, but what he got was the shock of his life. An entirely sci-fi take on the djinn myth.

4. Time Crawlers: There are individuals who existing in multiple time periods at once, and there are those who know about them….

5. Eclipse: No attacks, no blood-shed, yet there was an invasion and a conquest. Who are these shapeshifter aliens being hounded by an eclipse?

6. The Cave: The fate of an advanced imperial race hangs in balance as a dark celestial entity meets a legendary protector.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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