The Escapist by S.H. LivernoisGenre: Science Fiction
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Jos lives in an America much different than ours. Climate change has destroyed the world and the apocalypse is a distant memory. The government controls food, water, and medicine, bestowing it on the rich and influential. For everyone else, life in the crowded cities is an endless horror of hunger and suspense.
It’s a dystopian future where a rebellion is always simmering. Where those in power will do anything to quiet the impoverished and weak. It’s a world where supernatural abilities — like telekinesis, precognition, and mind control — are real, feared, and very useful.
In this free short story, Jos must use his own, horrifying Gift to help him comply with the government’s deadly orders. It’s a Gift that is chipping away at his sanity, turning the man he used to be into a distant fiction. But everyone has his breaking point, and every story must come to an end.