I stared at the 12cc syringe. A sliver of late afternoon sunlight from the window of the penthouse office glinted through its clear fluid and formed a prism of light on Dr. Powers' desk.
"You're kidding, right?" I looked first at Powers than at Mother. "The 'nano-something-or-others' are inside there and they're supposed to filter out all the over-stimulation my nervous system is absorbing from my environment. So with one simple shot, I'll be cured of this terrible behavior. Is that what you're saying?"
"Well, you may be over simplifying things a bit," Dr. Powers said. He turned the syringe in his hand, gazing at it admiringly. "But yes, essentially that's it. The five different nano-agents will migrate to the synaptic junctions of your five senses. Through them we will be able to govern the input your brain will receive. It's why we call it the Neuro-sensory Governor."
But I don't want my senses to be governed, my mind screamed. Panicking, I turned to Mother. "This really isn't necessary, Mother. I know you haven't cared for some of my art lately . . ."
Thus starts Chill Out -- a SF techno-adventure short story by visionary author W. Bradford Swift (who also writes under the pen name, Orrin Jason Bradford). Download this Digital Short which includes information on how to receive your free copy of the genetic engineering science fiction thriller novel, Seeds of a New Birth.
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About the Author
I became an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction as an eleven-year-old boy when my next-door neighbor, who was a children's librarian, took pity on my single-parent mom. Bored out of my gourd with no one to play with but good 'ol mom, I drove her crazy until Mrs. Crabtree brought home a stack of books she knew would hook a young boy and give my mom some relief. It worked. I've been hooked ever since. For the past two decades I've been conducting an experiment. Is it possible to create a new context for my life that I feel is "divinely inspired" and true to my deepest values, my sense of what's possible, and true to my soul and spirit? If it is possible, what will be the results? Will it enhance my life? Will I experience a true sense of purpose and meaning? Will I know at the end of the experiment that my life has mattered? Becoming a writer of visionary fiction and non-fiction has been an integral part of this experiment, as was co-founding Life On Purpose Institute with my wife in 1996, being a coach to assist others to create their own life on purpose experiment, and training other Life On Purpose Coaches. Since selling my veterinary practice in the late 80's to pursue a career as a writer and life coach, I've published over 350 magazine articles in such publications as Family Fun, Boys' Life, Body and Soul (then New Age Journal), Yoga Journal, and Better Homes and Garden, to mention just a few. Many of these have been part of my pet writing project: Project Purpose: to write and publish articles about people whose lives are dedicated to a bold and inspiring purpose or vision.