Sci-fi

TECHNOBABBLE

Some say that the difference between man and animals is the ability to use tools.  That has been debunked, however, as many different types of creatures can adapt simple tools to suit their needs.  Perhaps, then, another differentiation would be technology.  Charlie puts that theory to the test in the sideshow today.

It’s all about the electronic gizmos that are touted to make life easier.  Sometimes, they may death more simple, too.  Take, for example, the strange case of THE SIMULATED REVOLUTION.  Do all those ones and zeroes equate to flesh and blood?  Secondly, it’s time to play THE TELEPHONE GAME.  When modern convention marries ancient sorcery, you know it’s a match made in Hell.  Lastly, it’s an unintentional homage to the late, great David Bowie in TURN AND FACE THE STRANGE.  Collateral damage with scientific experiments never sounded so good.

Usually, the tech is low at the sideshow.  Turn in next time as we trade in our circuits, capacitors, and resistors for mayhem of a different kind.

 

FINAL FRONTIERS

Charlie Barker leads us out of the pull of gravity today.  To the far reaches of space, and then some.  It’s sci-fi only scarier.  It’s the Starship Sideshow!

First, what happens in the future with the prison system?  I don’t know, but perhaps we will be BUSTIN’ OUT.  The tomorrow terrors continue with a story of a doomed space voyage with a formidable furry foe in THE CAT’S AWAY.  Then, it’s off to DISTANT PLUTONIAN SHORES with a witch who had turned in her broomstick for something with a little more intergalactic appeal.

About now is time to get your head out of the stars.  It’s been fun, but we need to head back to earth for a while.  There are plenty of tales down on terra firma awaiting the Sideshow of the Surreal.  Charlie Barker will make a course correction and meet you there next time.

IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT

All good things must come to an end, ladies and gentlemen.  CreepyGram and the Mourning Show examines this eventuality in a trio of totally true tales today.  Stories that show how the civilization of man crumbles like a sandcastle at high tide.  As they say, life’s a beach.

There are many ways the world may end.  First on that list is the porcine apocalypse.  Yes, it’s all reflected IN A PIG’S EYE.  Zombies have long been the culprit on the way things go down.  But what if it isn’t just the rising undead but an unhealthy dependence on technology that contributes to the end of times?  Find out how that looks in OPERATION RAZOR WIRE.  Thirdly, another implausible force of finality.  Light and fluffy FOAM takes over.  No, it ain’t those scrubbing bubbles.  This is something worse.

Charlie Barker will return next time.  Assuming, of course, that the world doesn’t end before then.  If it doesn’t, please come back to the Circus of the Unknown.

STITCHES IN TIME

Hello, all you clock watchers.  The circus is back.  The sideshow is open for business.  Let’s just hope you have time to do it justice.

Time is the operative word today, ladies and gentlemen.  The three stories for today all have to do with time and our perception of it.  First, what would happen if your memories were all scripted for the sake of some ulterior motive?  We examine that in MEMORY REIMAGINED.  The EERIE EDITION give headlines of tomorrow – but why do they all have to be so grim?  Third, it’s time to SPRING FORWARD.  Here, you set your clocks forward an hour and your life back to nothing.

My, but time flies.  It seems like you just got here and now the sideshow is closing.  There’s always next time.