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Makeshift Stories explores, space, time, alternate realities, and the near future in an ever expanding fantasy and SF universe. Each episode we bring to life a somewhat random collection of characters in clean family friendly adventures for all ages.

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134. The Tenant’s Project
Ralph, a landlord, arrives back after an extended vacation to find his rental property in a mess and his tenant, a bitcoin miner, unconscious. While recovering in a hospital, his tenant begins to weave an unbelievable story of inadvertent invention and revenge. Both the result of her obsession with a 200-year-old algorithm she discovered and...
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133. Ceres Chapter 12 – Message Received
Research at Dehavilland Zeppelin (DZ) progresses far enough for Amos, AKA Daniel Johnson, send a message to Ceres. At first, the dwarf planet remains silent, and Amos is concerned that no one is listening. Serene, arrested along with Tim and Patel’s assistant is taken to meet Johnson. As soon as she is in the same...
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132. Return to Shorty Crater
Choi Min-Seo, a successful billionaire, obsessed with what he thinks he sees in a 1972 photo, taken on the last Nasa moon mission, creates his own space program to prove his theory. He manages to confirm what he sees in the old photo but finds much more than just dead ancient artifacts. Written by Alan...
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131. Ceres Chapter 11 – Nexus
Janva has her host Zara Patel agree to fund DZ’s space project, but Daniel Johnson aka Amos is suspicious. Sarane’s host and Tim manage to slip by head office security to meet their project director with the intent of confronting him about the problem they have uncovered. Reyanish overhears Tim talking to Patel’s executive assistant...
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130. The Immortal
Near the end of his days, the great Alchemist Nicolas Flamel has one last chance to create the Elixir of Life. He diligently follows the steps in an ancient treatise he has recently acquired, which leads him to build a machine, whose purpose it turns out is to contact the only Alchemist who knows the...
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129. Ceres Chapter 10 – Coup D’etat
Galan takes advantage of Amos’ apparent failure to change the third planet’s history and takes control of the exiled Triffel. He orders the radio telescope dismantled so no one on Ceres will ever be able to contact their former leader, consolidates his power and sets out on a new plan to escape Ceres, and seek...
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128. Trick or Treat
Itsumi Goto has been working for 20 years cleaning up after extraterrestrial experiments. When one goes wrong on Halloween, causing hours of unwanted overtime, she starts to consider her options. But the only way to get home early that night is to take matters into her own hands, which leads to an unexpected result. Written...
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127. Ceres Chapter 9 – Calculation Error
Tim reveals to Sarine that he has found a potential problem with the mission design for DZ Aerospace’s first deep space asteroid mining craft. Sarene has the feeling she may have met Tim in an alternate history. Janva realizes she has transferred to the wrong time allowing Amos decades to change the history of the...
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126. The Extraterrestrial Roadshow
In this month’s story Sabina and Jason decide to take an object given to Sabina by her uncle to the Extraterrestrial Roadshow to find out if it is a real alien artifact. The results are not what either expect. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew and Alan V Hare Opening and Closing...
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125. Ceres Chapter 8 – Alternate History
While preparing for an important meeting with the head of another global company, Amos reflects on his failure to reshape world history to allow him to complete his mission. He begins to suspect the CEO of the other company is the unwanted Aleutian who followed him, so Amos structures the meeting to his advantage, but...
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124. Mybo
In this month’s story, after being shut down for years, Mybo through an act of nature, is reactivated. The bot finds itself in a new and foreign body. With large gaps in its damaged memory, Mybo can remember little other than his name and a strong desire to help. A prairie dog who witnesses Mybo’s...
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123. Ceres Chapter 7 – Cloud Management
Immediately after the transmutation, using hacked technology from the third planet the Triffle are discouraged, nothing has changed except that Galan is taking over. Coming out of retirement because of an oddly familiar disturbance Serene finds herself in a place and time where she has been before, but something is wrong. Janva is surprised that...
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122. The Rift (Part 2)
In this month’s story, Tanvi, an agent from a group called the consensus, arrives at her destination, only to discover that their opposition is already there. With the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance, she is forced to improvise. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew and Alan V Hare Opening...
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121. Ceres Chapter 6 – Escape at Last
Janva uses the technology in the captured alien satellite to create an opportunity to escape. However, she underestimates Amos, and her plans go awry. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew. Opening and Closing Theme David H. Radio static sound FX licensed from Sound Snap (soundsnap.com) Makeshift Stories is released under a creative...
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120. The Rift (Part 1)
In this month’s story, Tanvi, an agent from a group called the consensus, arrives at her destination, only to discover that their opposition is already there. With the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance, she is forced to improvise. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew Opening and Closing Theme David...
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119. Ceres Chapter 5 – Moves and Counter Moves
After capturing the alien probe, Galan comes up with a daring plan to exploit its technology and free the Triffel from Ceres.  However, Amos is not convinced that his COO is operating entirely on his own and suspects that the Aleutian parasite Galan carries in his mind is somehow influencing him. Written by Alan V...
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118. The Pattern Master
The Noah and Riley partners in a small struggling data engineering company, get an unexpected chance to turn their fortunes around. However, Noah is suspicious of their client’s ultimate intentions and prefers to spend time on his dream of writing a graphic novel. He starts collaborating with an artist he met online, who appears to...
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117. Ceres Chapter 4 – Gift From Beyond
A suspicious probe from the third planet arrives at Ceres. Believing that they have been discovered and the primitive spacecraft is there to spy on the Triffle, Amos gives orders for it to be captured. Galan comes up with a ludicrous idea that will either work or kill him and his captive Aleutian mind. Written...
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116. No User Serviceable Parts
In this month’s story, the owner of an artificial heart discovers that repairing the machine that has been keeping him alive will cost more than he originally paid for it, so much more, that he cannot afford the name brand part the manufacturer insists he must use. With only a few days to come up...
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115 Ceres: Chapter 3, Taking Control
After the botched transmutation, Janva struggles with her host Galan, to gain control. It becomes a no-win situation causing Janva to change tactics. Amos, unsure of who he is dealing with resorts to an extreme measure. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew. Opening and Closing Theme David H. Radio static sound FX...
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114. Zoya and Shaan
Zoya was placed in hibernation for the 560 light-year trip to the Earth-like planet Kepler-186f. However, after only one hundred and eighty days into the journey, she finds herself accidently revived to a sleeping ship. She is only person awake, and one of the few systems she has access to is communications. Written by Alan...
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113. Ceres: Chapter 2, The Aleutian
Janva, an Aleutian agent, is sent to Ceres on an emergency mission to the obscure dwarf world Ceres after Sarene, the Aleutian Council’s senior operative, refuses to come out of retirement. What appears to be a routine intervention into the affairs of a rogue sequestered civilization, goes off the track, leaving Janva wondering what the...
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112. The Trolley Problem
Emergent Intelligence Corporation has used the doctrine of utilitarianism to provide moral guidance for its sentient, autonomous autopilots. In short, the machines must always do what causes the least harm. But an accident occurs in which autopilot 6439 appears to have not followed this doctrine. The company and the autopilot are taken to court by...
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111. Ceres: Chapter 1, Beginnings
An agent arrives on the tiny remote world of Ceres, to monitor the exiles who live there. However, an unknown force tries to intervene revealing the unwanted presence of the intruder. Written by Alan V Hare. Read by Mitchell Tew. Opening and Closing Theme David H. Radio static sound FX licensed from Sound Snap (soundsnap.com)...
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110. Impetus
Dr. Nayna Chike, the creator of the world’s only functioning reactionless drive, is on her way to the moon to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of her invention. Over the years others have tried and failed to imitate her propulsion system. For two and a half decades she has protected the secret to the drive’s success....
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109. Tech Support
In this month’s story, Aiden, an overwhelmed office worker, decides he needs help to take care of the routine things in his life. He discovers a new home automation hub, designed by a small obscure company, that can control all the internet enabled devices he has purchased to make his life easier. The hub’s manufacturer...
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108. CHAT
In this month’s story, a new consciousness emerges in a mechanical body. Not understanding where it came from or what it is, the entity begins to reach out in an attempt to decipher its new world. While making friends with another intelligence, it discovers it is an unexpected, and possibly unwelcome presence in its host....
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107. Data Bleed
While walking in a crosswalk, Ned is accidently struck by a bus. When he wakes up, he finds that he sees odd things along the periphery of his vision. At first, he dismisses the effect as hallucinations caused the concussion he received. Later he is convinced that his augmented reality lenses as were damaged in...
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106. Shooting Star
After losing her job to an artificial intelligence, Janet impulsively decides to drive to an observatory where she can watch the Perseid meteor shower. However, just before she arrives, Janet stops to take a break and finds herself mistaken for someone looking for work as an extra on a nearby film set. She decides to...
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105. Darkness to Dawn
Jerry Anders a veteran overnight talk radio host chooses to stay on air during an extreme weather event to discuss recent changes to the climate with his guests and listeners. Part way through the night a lightning strike disrupts his show and Jerry finds himself talking to an odd anonymous caller who tries to explain...
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104. Humans Next Door
Down on their luck, a family of alien real estate agents becomes concerned when humans move in next door to their beach front condo.  After several unpleasant interactions with the humans, the aliens hatch a money losing plot to get the loud, smelly creatures to move out. Program Notes And Credits Written by Alan V...
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103 The Persona
Shani, a web developer who wants to learn how to write fiction, is befriended by Catalina, a promising author. Mutually interested in magic realism they decide to help each other out. Shani soon discovers that Catalina believes souls can move from body to body, and when Catalina is accused of plagiarizing another author, who or...
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102. The House Guest
One day Ryan arrives home to find Megan complaining about a very unusual house guest that he has inadvertently invited into their lives. When the guest appears to be settling in for a very long stay, Megan and Ryan become desperate to find a way to encourage the disruptive creature to leave. Program Notes And...
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101. Forever Paradise
Myra, a successful business woman, has her life thrown off track by some unexpected news that changes her outlook and triggers the events which end up taking her to one of the most remote islands on the planet.  There she discovers that the situation she believes she in is very different than the actual truth....
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100 The Slip Time Loop
  Authorities in the minor galactic spur of Orion contract the Hyper Nova to clean up an illegal dump hidden in the orbital trash of a backwater planet. Something in the debris has been leaking tachyons and tau neutrinos which are interfering with navigation in a nearby space lane. After locating the offending device, the...
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99. The Magic Lantern
  In this month’s story Risa and her mother have worked hard to grow their social credit score to the point where they can move on. However, a mysterious delivery, sent to by intention or mistake, becomes a roadblock to their plans until Risa discovers an unexpected way out. Program Notes And Credits Opening and...
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98. Lost Chance
  Lan, a would be writer, about to hit the big time with his first novel, thumbs his nose at a large software company in an online post. The post goes viral and soon after things start to go wrong. And Lan finds that he is about to loose his one and only chance at...
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97. Five Moments
  In this month’s story an astronaut, the sole survivor of an accident, drifts in space as the air in her environment suit runs out. In a semi-lucid state, she recalls memories, stories she has been told and relives moments in her life peppered with premonition. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by...
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96. An Ordinary Day
  Fossmar Gunnarsson, the founder of a large international technology company, creates the ultimate technological innovation, a system that copies the brain and uploads it to an artificial neuro-net. When he is suddenly diagnosed with a terminal disease, Fossmar uses the not quite perfected system on himself so he can beat his untimely death and...
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95. Music of the Spheres
  After listening to an unusual doctoral thesis that makes outlandish claims about music and the nature of the universe an archaeologist, finds himself gradually coming to believe that the crackpot theory may have some truth to it. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David Hume Written and Narrated by Alan V...
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94. Frang’s Story
  In this month’s story the third generation leader of a divided colony ship, drifting between the stars, tries to escape his duties by submerging himself in fictional stories. But at a critical moment the line between fiction and reality blur, when one of the characters from a book escapes fictional space to oppose him....
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93. Life Speed
  Could life be measured by how far it has traveled? Possibly, after all time and space are intimately connected. Time slows down as you approach the speed of light and it’s been frequently postulated this could be a time machine of sorts that would allow one to travel to the future. But time just...
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92. The Watchers
  This month we bring back two characters, Adrian and Serene, mutual mimesis, from some of our earliest stories. Adrian is drawn to Earth hoping to find the resources to finally right the ancient wrong that nearly destroyed his people. His presence on the planet inadvertently attracts the attention of the watchers, who bring Serene...
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91. Laugh!
Hansa one of the working poor in a large city is caught in a happiness sweep and finds herself imprisoned in an odd internment camp run by clowns. When the clown assigned to Hansa attempts turn her into a happy citizen by erasing her identity Hansa struggles to fight back. Program Notes And Credits Opening...
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90. The Thaumaturgist
In this month’s story Illusio, a veteran TV illusionist who is struggling to keep himself interested in his profession is confronted by an eager amateur magician named Dai. When Dai tries to unravel the mystery behind Ilusio’s unusual act, the older magician brushes the annoying upstart off, but inadvertently finds himself becoming fascinated by the...
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89. Messing With the Universe
Veeda, a mathematical savant who has never miscalculated anything, blanks out on a simple question in an exam. She wakes from her stupor to discover that she used the wrong value for a constant and has inadvertently changed the physical world. Veeda refuses to believe that this is possible and suspects that she in a...
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88. Quicksilver
Coyotl, a slave in a seventh-century new world silver mine, must take on the work of two after some of his brethren escape. However, a very unusual stranger soon arrives, wanting to trade diamonds for Quicksilver, better known today as mercury. To coyotl the stranger is a sign of a coming new age. He is...
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87. The Audit: Planet Fall
In this month’s story we return to the True North a colony ship on a multi-generational voyage. Greta, a devoted auditor discovers something odd about a survey mission, but when she reports it to her superiors their reaction is not what she expects. And Greta soon finds herself turning for help to the most unlikely...
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86. Teach a Senior How to Phish
To eke out a meager living, Neela, a senior in her early 80’s, must rely on her social engineering and hacking skills to phish. While she is running a phishing scam, Adam, another guest at the senior complex where she lives, confronts her about her use of the public access terminal. He then admits that...
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85. Short Wave
Lynn’s uncle, an avid ham radio operator, wills his estate to her after he dies. While sorting through her estranged uncle’s belongings, Lynn discovers a shoe box full of notes that document an unusual encounter her uncle had in 1956 over his short wave radio. Moreover, if true Lynn realizes the story would change history,...
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84. The Audit
In this month’s story Greta, a rising star in the audit division on board the colony ship, the True North, needs one more successful case to ensure her promotion. To her disappointment she is assigned to audit a small obscure social club for amateur astronomers. On the surface the case appears to be simple and...
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83. The Silver Thaw
On a day off, Ramone, an industrial engineer, takes a mountain bike ride to document the damage done to a remote stretch of forest by an extreme weather event. After an accident, forces him to walk back to his car, a weird storm appears catching Ramone unprepared. But help arrives in the form of an...
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82. Ambient Noise
In this month’s story, Alejandro a poor fisherman, has been haunted by a constant noise all his life which he has nicknamed the hum. But everyone around him insists that it is all in his mind, so to keep himself sane he has been forced to fill his life with noise to mask the constant...
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81. An Alien Adventure
In this month’s story, Orman an untalented musician, of dubious origin, on tour in Orbit City New Mexico, meets Garth the curator of the local space museum during one of her performances. Garth had once dreamed of becoming an astronaut, but instead had settled for a job working with space program artifacts. He discovers that...
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80. The Last Aleutian
Adrian, the last Aleutian, travels back in time to a backwater of the universe to hide from the agents of the people who have taken over his world, only discover that things are not as they should be on planet Earth. He meets Nikola Tesla who appears to be in the process of changing the...
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79. Shangri-la of the Seas
Against her family’s wishes, an aging matriarch decides to take a very expensive extended cruise on the Shangri-la of the Seas; an exclusive specially designed ship that promises to take its’ invalid passengers to the ends of the earth and experience life to its fullest to the very last minute and beyond. Suspecting the Shangri...
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78 Finale
After ten years in a paranormal reality TV show, as the debunking half of a popular ghost hunting duo, Sage  finds herself on the flip side of her own arguments during the live broadcast of the shows’ season finale, and quite possibly the last show ever. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by...
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77. The Return of Doctor Plastic
An alter ego is another self, a distinct second identity that can allow a person to lead a double life. Jane a meek java developer by day is a crime fighting superhero by night, etcetera. But is it truly that simple? Can you just slip from one personality to another by finding the closest phone...
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76. The Last Days of Darkness
Ajit, a fourth generation resident of the arcology GBT Ellesmere, is tasked with the job of clearing out old documents and by accident stumbles upon some disturbing information that is not found in the official digital record. While the knowledge helps him make sense of his family’s situation the truth turns out to be something...
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75. Canis Major
Loyalty, according to Wikipedia, is  the “faithfulness or a devotion to a person, country, group, or cause.” In this month’s story loyalty comes in many flavours as an aging pack of genetically modified space faring canines embark on what could be their last mission. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David Hume...
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74. Tourist Trap
There are many legends associated with certain famous objects and sites around the world. Loch Ness, the Pyramids, the Nazca Lines, the plain of Jars or Stonehenge, which various groups have thought to be everything from a pagan solstice monument to a UFO landing site, all have mysteries to be revealed and believers who are...
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73. A Perfect Life
Arthur C. Clark’s famous third law of prediction states that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” But is understanding how something works any more important than the ultimate outcome it produces? Does it really matter if it is a mechanism that controls unknown forces or a magician’s incantation as long as it benefits...
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72. Forty-five Minutes
Choices, we all have choices in our lives which are not always easy to make. We are never able to predict how they will turn out. Does our fear of the unknowable doom us to a paradigm where we end up making the same choice again hoping for a different outcome but finding ourselves back...
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71. Driven
A retired software quality control engineer is pressed back into service by the agency that pays his for his room and board to help recover the money that agency the spends on him. He quickly discovers that he has been thrust into an unusual situation, which forces him to make a difficult choice. Program Notes...
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70. The Last Big Idea
Laura Mackenzie, an energetic late nineteenth century entrepreneur, struggles to introduce a new technology that will shape the next century and realize her dreams. Caught the politics of the day she must a radical choice.         Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David Hume.
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69. The Prediction
Two friends find themselves on opposite sides of a prediction that, if correct will become the opportunity to see a once in a lifetime astronomical event, and if wrong could spell disaster for the world.         Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David H. Narrator – Mitchell Tew
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68. Finder
On a world only 20 lights from earth a colony of humans have mostly learned to live with the Aliens who arrived on the planet at the same time. But over the course of generations friction has begun to emerge and for Narvon a series of recent accidents are a dark sign.      ...
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67. Lifeline
While investigating an anomaly in the size of the information packets being sent from a commercial project on Mars, Yara an engineer, discovers a hidden signal which turns out to be something unexpected, that forces her into a choice she does not want to make.   Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by...
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66. Encounter at the Lake
Two brothers are reluctantly brought together in an alternate past future that splits off from the well known Falcon Lake UFO incident in 1967, only to discover that they are trapped in the roles defined in their youth   Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David H.
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65. The Wondering City
Two recent immigrants to a new colony world find it unexpectedly difficult to make ends meet until one of them wins a trip for two to seven exotic worlds. While on the trip they meet an alien who challenges their understanding of history and gives them a special opportunity.   Program Notes And Credits Opening...
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64. Low Resolution
Finola, an unemployed librarian, lands a job with a research institute investigating unexplained phenomena. Unlike her new colleagues she is sceptical about the existence of the supernatural, UFOs, aliens, and parallel realities. Through an odd twist of fate she finds herself rethinking her belief in the physically of world around her.   Program Notes And...
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63 Special Delivery
Sal through, no fault of his own, has been reduced to house sitting for a living. He moves from house to house hiding from his past from his past until one day he receives a mysterious special delivery that appears to present him with undreamed of possibilities. But he is not sure if the package...
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62. Runaway
Alana, a gamer from the poor side of town, has worked her way into an elite online guild, which only admits players from wealthy neighbourhoods. When she is accidently discovered and her membership and livelihood are both threatened help comes from a mysterious new friend. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David...
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61. 2012 The End of My World
While on a school field trip to a nuclear research station, in the late 1960’s, Allen is overwhelmed with a sense of déjà vu, and can’t break away from the feeling that he is trapped in a loop of time between 1968 and 2012. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David H.
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60. The Volunteer
After graduating college Eveta is unexpectedly called up as a volunteer for community service. She is required to take on the personality of another person and temporarily live among the interred on a distant isolated island. Once there she finds herself stuck between the necessity to keep a monumental secret and the mistake of her...
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59. The Gap
A trip to the coast in search of work ends up at a remote struggling hotel. Built by the passion and obsession of its owner, the hotel may hold a secret worth returning for fifty years later. The problem is that the hotel has burnt down and the fate of it’s owner is unknown. Program...
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58. The Last Mod
Frillo was orphaned at an early age and grew up on the streets of the economic zone. Taken in by an older modder he quickly learned the trade and by 15 was at the pinnacle of the illicit field. Despite the warnings of his mentor Frillo takes on a high profile job that turns out...
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57. Blackout
While on vacation on a holiday moon Cala takes a late night walk and ends up being taken by aliens to a bizarre place, where she is forced to play a very important game of chance. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David H.
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56. The Tribute
Sometimes the way the world is and the systems we toil under, indifferent to our day to day struggles, seem just a little unfair. And no matter how hard we try our ability to change them feels remote at best. In this month’s story, set in an alternate reality, a young farm worker decides to...
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55. The Awakening (part 2)
Through archaeological research, museums, archives and historical texts, we assume we know what has happened in the past. What if we have missed something so fundamental that it would change our understanding of the world? In part two of “The Awakening” Maya discovers that humanity was never alone. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing...
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54. The Awakening (part 1)
Through archaeological research, museums, archives and historical texts, we assume we know what has happened in the past. What if we have missed something so fundamental that it would change our understanding of the world? Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David H.
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53. Jet Pack
Adam receives a rather odd package in the mail and when he checks the postmark realizes that it has taken more than half a century for the thing to be delivered to, whom he believes to be, the wrong A. Bruckner. Curiosity finally overcomes Adam and he unwraps the box finding a mysteriously object that...
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52. Escape Velocity
Zebb and Estrella, two young teens from an industrial moon orbiting the second planet in the Barnard’s Star system, accidentally end up together in the same escape pod. On the surface they are from settlements with apposing political systems, but soon discover that they are more a-like than different. Unfortunately their unplanned meeting puts them...
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51. Quantum Turbulence
During a future world oil shortage a scientist, researching an old idea about the potential energy contained in a vacuum (zero point energy), discovers a cheap simple method of extracting almost limitless power from literally nothing. Realizing how important his discovery is the scientist decides to file a patent application before he publishes his research....
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50. The In-between
Catina, the director of online marketing, for an important advertising agency comes up with a revolutionary idea, but forgets what it is before she can write her idea down. Desperate to remember it, she consults numerous experts in various fields, without success. When she is ready to give up, a mysterious consultant approaches her, claiming...
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49. Crevasse III – Revenge
Marco had been top ranked in player verses player one on one in the MMO Crevasse for over a year until a nobody with GM like powers poned him. Everett, the lead designer of Crevasse, lost his job over the negative reaction to his updates in Crevasse II. Mad at the studio that creates the...
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48. Time Shift
In 1977 Zah Helen, an undercover operative, receives a new high profile assignment to interfere with the human search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), so the efforts at one particular radio telescope will not spot a radio signal that has been accidentally sent toward the earth. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music by David...
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47. The Caretaker of Destiny
An accident forces the crew of the interstellar ship Destiny to go in to hibernation while the robotic maintenance systems diagnose and fix the problems. During the emergency crucial instructions are lost causing the ship to go into orbit around around a star for 50 thousand years. Program Notes And Credits Opening and closing music...
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46. The Top of the Sky
During a period of intense solar flare activity Marianne and her family take a holiday at a remove wilderness cabin. This brings them close to a place called, the top of the sky, that some people think has mystical significance. What Marianne and her parents don’t realize, is that the top of the sky is...
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45. Hale Bopp
In an attempt to regain its reputation as a leader in space research and exploration, the ancient Institute of Solar Studies in Babylon puts all its resources into a mission to the newly discovered comet Hale Bopp to study the object’s unusual behaviour. The mission is a success but the outcome is not what Fath...
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44. A Crime in 3d
In 1884 a school master named Edwin Abbott Abbott wrote the novella “Flatland: A Romance in Many Dimensions.” The book explored what it would be like to live in a two dimensional universe, and speculated that there might be other dimensions. The Abott’s story lay in obscurity until it was rediscovered in the early 20th...
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43. Ghost in the Machine
History is littered with discarded technologies and obsolete skills. In the last few decades whole industries have been swept away by ever moving waves of change, and it seems unavoidable that today’s high tech is destined to become tomorrow’s landfill or does it? In our story this month new meets old, makes friends and finds...
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42. The Citizen’s New Town
This month’s story is very loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen short tale The Emperor’s New Clothes. Amber is working as a stage director for the opening celebration of the project of century when her implanted communications chip starts to malfunction affecting her perception of reality. Program Notes And Credits Background audio textures and...
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41. The Last Astronomer
This month’s story is based on a comment Steven Hawkins once made, that we should probably not try to contact extraterrestrial civilizations. According to Hawkins, our own history has shown that contact between a two cultures does not always go well for the people whose land is being visited. The last two scientists on a...
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40. Skin Deep
After narrowly evading capture Maya and Tim arrive in New Hudson only to run into the man who had been following them in Waystation. The man claims that he is working with Maya’s parents, but neither Tim or Maya trust him. As the man drives them to Hudson Beach, in theory to meet Maya’s parents,...
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39. All Inclusive
Alonzo is forced to take his ailing, wealthy mother and her robotic wheel chair to an ultra expensive all inclusive health spa. The doctors and specialists told him that the legendary algae baths, unique to the exclusive beach resort of Vida Del Mar, are his mother’s best chance for recovery. Alonzo believes that the treatment...
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38. Dreams of a Life
Aura lives with her mother and brothers making a modest living from a concession stand. Her life in the themed dome park called Timber World is thrown into chaos when an unexpected event forces her to leave to save her family’s livelihood. In the process Aura discovers a secret that must be kept from her...
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37. Caught!
After discovering more planted incriminating evidence against them on the café’s computer, Maya and Tim decide to flee when net regulatory agents show up. In an attempt to find Maya’s parents they take the train to new Hudson Beach. Along the way they are helped by the odd bag lady’s secret organization, but neither Tim...
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36. Lifeboat
With the first Moon landings in the late 1960’s many may have felt that a Mars mission was no too far off, but since that time no human has left near Earth orbit. On the 200th anniversary of the first moon landing an international mission is poised to be the first human presence on Mars,...
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35. The Shadows
Maya and Tim live in a future that is powered by coal, kids over 8 must work for a living, and reality is not what it seems. Tim’s parents died after an apparently random traffic accident, leaving him alone, and in debt for the medical expenses. Unable to pay, his liabilities were auctioned off to...
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34. Return to Start
An astronomer, watching for near earth objects, makes a shocking discovery which forces Adrian out from hiding. Adrian realizes that events in the past have lead to a disaster in the present. He is forced to intervene and change history, but the results are not entirely what he had planned. This episode revisits the original...
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33. C-11’s Quest
An automated planetary mission goes awry when it is hit by solar flares. Unit C-11 one of the landing group’s communication nodes attempts to repair its damaged memory with information erroneously downloaded from the mission’s orbiter. Once assimilated, the information along with a comment from one of the mission control hubs, convinces the tiny robot...
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32. Universe 8.1
Lambent Nape Nor works at the Infinite Macro Cosmic Reality Corporation as the assistant head of product design and customer services for Universe 8. Despite Lambent’s concerns management insists on a last minute change to an already rushed update. It quickly becomes evident that change does more than they had intended. The week’s story is...
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31. The Archives
Maya and Tim live in a future that is powered by coal, kids over 8 must work for a living, and reality is not what it seems. Tim’s parents died after an apparently random traffic accident, leaving him alone, and in debt for the medical expenses. Unable to pay, his liabilities were auctioned off to...
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30. Invasion
A 500 hundred year old terraforming project is derailed by an imminent invasion. No one, except a small group of scientists, understands the true nature of the threat and its real implications for the future of their civilization. This story evolved out of a discussion on James Lovelock‘s Gaia hypothesis that the earth is an...
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29. Hole in Space – Part 2
After being sucked into a wormhole, created when Luki used Len’s unfinished hyper dry modification to the ship’s clothes dryer, the crew of the Hyper Nova are stranded on a strange planet called Atma, which is being smothered in lost laundry.
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28. Perspectives & the Mission
This month we present to two short stories. In first one called, Perspectives, a routine mission is suddenly changed by a chance encounter in depth space. This story evolved out of a one of David’s writing assignments at school. In our second story, entitled, The Mission, the leader of a multi-generally space craft reports their...
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27. Surveillance
A heavy rain storm breaks Way Station’s heat wave, but along with the storm two strange customers appear at the Europa Café. They appear to know more than they should and this spooks Maya. After hearing about them Tim tells Maya about some other odd happenings then is spooked himself by an unexpected message. Program...
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26. Laika – Dog From Space
A passing celestial being is trapped by earth’s gravity and dragged reluctantly to its surface in the middle of a Moscow winter. Stranded in the body of a dog the alien being is forced to intervene in the early Russian Space program in order to get a ride home. The story is loosely based on...
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25. Hole in Space
Life on board the Hyper Nova begins to settle down into a routine until a number of random events collide with one of Len’s pet projects causing the ship and its crew to get sucked into a hole in space.
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24. The Shimmering Field
Time can seem to slow down when there is nothing to do, and this was particularly true for Abeo who had been forced to endure a summer without her friends on a lonely research station. Her father and the other adults were too distracted by some unusual observations too pay attention to Abeo. One day...
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23. Europa Cafe
Maya and Tim work at the Europa Cafe in Way Station – a place out of time where things are run by steam, trains are the main means of transportation and adults don’t seem to remember what really happened in the past. One night Tim discovers someone has been breaking into one of his personal...
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22. The Boy Who Loved Candy
Sometimes you can love something just a little too much. Under the influence of a mysterious dream Marco discovers that he can’t stop eating candy and begins to grow to alarming proportions. Program Notes And Credits Background audio textures and sound effects, opening and closing music from Premiumbeat. Episode album cover image from Fotolia.
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21. Hyper Nova
Luki is given his first true command of a star ship and is immediately plunged into a major mission. With the help of his less than loyal crew he completes the assignment but inadvertently creates a new potential problem. Program Notes And Credits Background audio textures and sound effects: Mars: The Planets Suite licensed from...
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20. Mirror Image
Sareen is mysteriously transported back in time to a version of her home world that is not entirely correct. The planet is ruled by a group that she has never hear of so Sareen sets out to figure out what is going on. Program Notes And Credits Background audio textures and sound effects: Sound FX...
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19. Voluntold
During what turns out to be an extremely slow side trip to the home planet of two rogue space probes, Ada receives a coded message that orders them to stop what they are doing and launch a rescue mission to pick up an important executive officer. Reluctantly Luki and Len then set out in a...
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18. The Endgame
When an unexpected message from deep space turns out to be a Triffal ship Amos must change his plans and as a result he finds himself with less than a day to locate his missing artificial intelligence, wrap up his work and be extracted by the rescue team. Amos looks for Raymore to help him...
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17. A Turn of Events
Imprisoned in a GEAA simulation Tim, Maya and Adrian become the focal point of two competing forces. Raymore finds the artificial intelligence and starts to get it to reveal the encryption keys to Amos’ secret research, however he is distracted by an unexpected event. Program Notes And Credits Background audio textures and sound effects: Sound...
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16. A.I. Dreams
AI Dreams is the third installment in a series of bedtime classics adapted to the Makeshift Stories universe. In this episode, loosely based on the popular folktale of the Ginger Bread Boy, Amos creates an artificial intelligence that escapes taking his secrete research with it. Distraught Amos enlists Raymore to help him, but Raymore has...
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15. The Four Keys Pt.3
After his odd encounter with Annie, William starts pressing Tim for the information that she gave him, but Tim is left wondering who to trust. Then unexpected events – which Tim suspects are not random – place him in a situation where he is forced to make a decision that he feels he may regret....
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14. The Other Story – Space Junk
After being picked up by an automated rescue ship Luki, Zara and Fritz start to settle in to a routine when an unexpected crew member is discovered. An accident then sets the small group off in a new direction. Program Notes And Credits Background audio textures and sound effects: Mars: The Planets Suite licensed from...
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13. The Four Keys Pt.2
After Adrian is shot by an arrow Tim uses his new found power to save him. As Adrian revives William insists that they all come with him to his ship before the main Elfin raiding party arrives. The small group then scrambles through the back alleys of Claring trying to reach the river front before...
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12. The Other Story – Luki
Luki -The Other Story is the first episode of an alternate storyline. At the end of episode 11 as the Sodality are about to leave Ceres three of their members accidentally discover an alternate means of escape. The trio is in turn rescued by an officious artificial intelligence. Program Notes And Credits Background audio textures...
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11. Echoes
After many nights exchanging stories Sareen tries to explain to Effie why the Sodality ended up exiled on Ceres. The answer is not something that Effie easily accepts and it changes her feelings toward Sareen and the Allusions. Meanwhile a Sodality exploration team finds an abandoned project that holds the possibility of an escape from...
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10. The Four Keys – Pt.1
Maya, Adrian, and Tim arrive in a new world that Tim feels is vaguely familiar. Before they figure out where they are or how they got there, they are mistaken for fleeing labourers and chased by a disagreeable lord. A member of the Merchant Guild intervenes and helps them escape, only to deliver them back...
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9. Orph The Emerald Plant
Orph The Emerald Planet is the second installment in a series of bedtime classics adapted to the Makeshift Stories universe. Based on the 1907 story by Laura E Richards The House with the golden Windows from a book of short stories with the same name, it presents the archetypal irony that grass always looks greener...
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8. GEAA
After being caught in the Europa Café Tim, Maya, and Adrian are flown to G.E.A.A. head office. They are told that those who see the mysterious leaders of G.E.A.A. are not allowed to leave. Facing their fears the three meet the senior G.E.A.A executive officer and find out who is behind the organization that should...
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7. Sticky Space
Sticky Space is a special episode in memory of Henry Hume. The story is based on an Uncle Remus tale that Henry use to tell us as at bedtime. Sareen, now retired, tells her apprentice how she and a colleague once used Adrian’s curiosity to try and capture him. But like Br’er Fox and Br’er...
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6. 0ff Course
After escaping from Ceres Tim and Adrian arrive home to a foreign world where they never existed. Tim has trouble accepting the situation, but they start to learn how to survive there. When they set out on a quest to discover what went wrong they run afoul of the local authorities. Program Notes And Credits...
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5. Solstice
Adrian finds a way to travel to Ceres and bring Tim home, but Sareen discovers what Adrian is up to and convinces Effie and the Sodality to intervene. When Adrian is confronted by Sareen  he is forced to make a quick decision with uncertain results. Program Notes And Credits All background audio textures and sound...
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4. The Sodality
Margot’s unexpected return to Ceres creates an opportunity for Amos and Tim to make a highly risky escape. After regaining her memory Margot (A.K.A Sareen) intends to go after Tim so she can send him home, but Effie informs Sareen that Amos and Tim’s chance of surviving their trek is next to nil and if...
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3. All Hallows Eve
Sareen’s plans, made over several generations, come together on "All Hallows Eve" to bring the target of her 1000 year quest to her doorstep. Adrian who has been hiding for centuries fails to see the trap being laid and inadvertently allows himself to be discovered, but no one wins and the game of cat and mouse continues.
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2. The Escape
As Tim, the newly arrived giant, repairs the damage he caused his captor, Amos starts to explain the history of the Triffals on Ceres, however, both are captured by Amos’ enemies. An unexpected event provides an opportunity for a risky escape. Program Notes And Credits All background audio textures and sound effects were made in...
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1. The Arrival
Tim (a giant by local standards) finds himself on Ceres (a small and icy world) without any memory of how he got there and who he is. He has literally dropped into the middle of a conflict and is taken in by one side. Having inadvertently destroyed some of his hosts property Tim agrees to repair it in exchange of a place to sleep.
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