Second blogfest challenge: Food for the Imago




Food for the Imago

Final report of Prof. Nobelium Sewer, 48th Jovember, 3011.

Subjects 1 – 102 developed the usual symptoms of Lacuna Carcinoma and were jettisoned. Yet 103 lived, and continues to grow at a prodigious rate. I have recorded detailed bioscans in the central comlog, but make this statement now for the remnants of humanity in the Oort cloud. They call me the hero of the Designing Nature Association, but as I look into the mirror, my eyes deny that lie.

Fibrosarcoma had claimed all imagines thus far, despite my team’s best efforts. The task of engeneering a human brain into an Exeogen carcass seemed insurmountable, even to us. Then last evening, as Ganymede rose across the face of Jov, the 103rd Imago evolved. The synchronicity of this timing -- on the very day Earth succumbed to the swarming Miasma -- cannot be denied.

Over 100kg already, number 103 regards me with something close to intelligence in its flitting eyestalks. Hungry again already, it oscitates its mandibles greedily. But there is no digestible biomass left on the station. Alone now, and with no resupply for three cycles, I don't know how I will keep it alive. This creature is now our only hope.
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Edit (30th Sep)

Thanks everyone for all your comments. I love you all. I am #103 please continue to vote if you like it!

I hope this isn't considered cheating, but I updated the story when I realised I had forgotten to insert a mirror reference. I can't believe I missed that one! Please consider me disqualified if this is against the rules, but I figured it would be okay until the entries close on Monday.

T.B



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Comments

  1. Very interesting and fun to read a sci-fi version. Loved "intelligence in its flitting eyestalks." I've "liked" this one.

    Mine is number 106: http://thewarriormuse.blogspot.com/2011/09/platform-building-campaign-2nd.html

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  2. I am liking this one too! Very creative and I really want to know more...I have never been a fan of sci-fi and I am now finding myself intrigued:)

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  3. Very nice. Like your sci-fi/zombie take on the challenge. Good job!
    Fairview

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  4. Enjoyed the sci fi take. The words fit perfectly in your story. I'm number 44 :)

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  5. Oh I love this and want to see it turned into a movie. IS that a bad thing?
    Seriously though. The nature of the report makes the words flow naturally. Really well written!

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  6. I am no sci fi fan either, but this is superbly written and intriguing!

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  7. Oooh, that creature sounds freaky! Good job. :-)

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  8. Fantastic! I loved sci-fi and I love how you've created an entire world in just 200 words!

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  9. Very interesting take. The words work well in this context. Mine is #29

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  10. I love your use of the words. The blend right in.

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  11. wonderful sci-fi, wanted to read more! ; )

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  12. I'm impressed with how much you can tell in 200 words :-)

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  13. Final report...run out of food...uh oh!
    I love how you've worked the challenge words in here.

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  14. Oh, I like the way you did this as a sci-fi. The words seem natural in this setting. Well done!

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  15. You had me at Oort cloud. Awesome! This was a sweet piece of sci-fi. I'd totally read on.

    Great job, T.B.! :)

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  16. Ooh bit creepy but I loved it. You got my vote! Loved the futuristic style of your writing. I'm a new follower too :) I'm # 133.

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  17. So creative and engaging! Love the sci-fi twist. I'm voting for you - good luck :-)

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  18. This was seriously the dopest take on this of all the ones I read.

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  19. Nice job! I really like how well the words fit into this piece. My head didn't trip over any of them. Well, except "Jovember" but only because I was expecting something different. :)

    I'm going to "like" this one too.

    Thanks for your kind words on mine!

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  20. I really enjoyed the sci-fi journal! Makes me wonder if 103 will soon find food in Prof. Sewer. (wink).

    The Write Soil

    Mine is #50.

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  21. Great take on the challenge! This read as part of a larger piece. Good job.

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  22. Well done. Great use of the words and I love the sci-fi take on it.

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  23. Very original and the first Sci-fi I've read. Excellent!

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  24. This is a very creative take on the theme and it's good to see sci-fi submitted as Kerri says. Just letting you know I deleted Intense Debate comment system as it didn't deliver for me. I know others who're using it and for now are happy.

    I followed you while I was here.

    Denise

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  25. Thanks to everyone for their comments... don't forget to vote if you liked it!

    And thanks l'aussie... I looked into Intense Debate and the install tutorial for blogger integration made me quiver.

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  26. That was an awesome read. :D

    If you want to head over to my blog, there's an award for you to pick up. :)

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  27. You did a great job on the challenge. Your piece is full of intrigue--I want to know more about these people and their plight. Excellent job!

    #189

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