Artemis Rising returns to Escape Pod for its third year! This month-long event highlights science fiction by women and non-binary authors. We have five original stories this year that range in topics from biotech to far-flung A.I, virtual reality, and nanotech.
The Zombee Project 3.0
By Allison Mulder
Jensen brought the job offer to each of them in person, like no one did anymore. She poached them from the best labs and the best apiaries, all over the world. Put everything she knew on the table, in out-of-the-way cafés and fine-but-nothing-fancy hotel rooms and home kitchens which smelled strongly of coffee and not much else.
She handpicked them. She made that very clear. Like she was assembling heroes, forming a unit—a rescue unit, with a crucial task.
At that point, it wasn’t recruitment. It was a higher calling.
“It’s not legal,” Jensen told each of them. “But no one who could enforce that knows about it.”
None of them cared. They signed Jensen’s contracts and confidentiality agreements.
And from then on they were all members of Jensen’s team.
Nothing less and nothing more. (Continue Reading…)