Reminiscent of Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” and Roald Dahl’s TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED, Garry Abbott’s THE DIMENSION SCALES AND OTHER STORIES is a collection of fourteen short speculative fictions. THE DIMENSION SCALES is based around themes of malevolent and secret authorities, metamorphosis, survival and projections of contemporary fears into near-future realities.
From worlds inhabited by murderous animals, inept time travellers and clandestine, suburban social experiments—to the sentience, love and moral awakenings of artificial intelligences—THE DIMENSION SCALES invites you to explore the twists and perils of extraordinary moments in disturbingly familiar universes, linked together by one devastating epiphany:
“Something happened, and the world splintered…”
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The majority of stories in this collection are near-future realities based on contemporary fears. Each story has it’s own unique twist or theme, but they are all bound together by the titular story ‘The Dimension Scales’. I am a fan of North American Science Fiction shorts, and the twists and dark tales of Roald Dahl’s adult fiction. As a trained writer, I have used these influences and combined them with inspirations drawn from current science, technology, sociology and conspiracy to offer fourteen cautionary and exciting tales, bound together by one devastating premise.
Who are your favorite authors?
Roald Dahl, Philip K. Dick, Douglas Adams, J R R Tolkein, Martin Amis, Will Self, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Isaac Asimov… to name a few!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters reflect the ordinary person, thrown into extra ordinary circumstances. I don’t really believe there is such thing as a ‘normal’ person as such, but we do live very similar lives, so it is what we do with them, or what happens to us, that often defines us. This anchors many of the characters who are thrown into the bizarre circumstance seen in The Dimension Scales.
From ‘The Cry Again Army’:
Meanwhile, Dr. Inoue cracked nails and ripped skin trying to prise open the sealed door of the control laboratory at the Pyongyang water processing plant. Her oxygen tank pushed red on the dials, the same red her eyes would soon be if she couldn’t get out of this contaminated crucible. She shouldn’t have trusted anyone. Why did she let Genkei come with her to this place? He had flattered his way into her body and her confidence. She knew it the moment the compound was released and she heard the click of the lock behind her. Through the door he smiled at her as he removed his mask, took the gun to his temple and painted the glass. She wasn’t getting out. Which meant no one knew where the inhibitor was or how to use it. There would be no control. The mist would run over the well and into the streets. She was no longer Kasumi, she was Shinigami. Deadly condensation formed on her visor. She hoped the air supply would slowly lull her unconscious as it gradually thinned away, but she gasped as it dropped rapidly. She waited as long as she could before removing the mask. She held her breath, the little she had, and made one last attempt at the door. Her lungs screamed at her. She breathed in. It felt good for a while, then it burned, just as she had designed it to.
Garry Abbott is a writer and musician who lives in Staffordshire in the UK with his fiancée and two cats.
Garry is a published poet, has written jokes for the BBC, scripts for major community arts projects, a children’s story for an audio adaptation and now a collection of speculative fiction short stories: ‘The Dimension Scales and Other Stories’ available from all major eBook retailers.
When Garry isn’t busy writing words or music he enjoys beating his friends at a variety of popular board games and getting out into the countryside.
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