From the Final Journal of Dr. Prospero Faustgrim by Austin Shirey

From the Final Journal of Dr. Prospero Faustgrim

by Austin Shirey


It is finished.

She is complete.

Her skin will draw sustenance from the scorching sun, like a desert plant; her lungs will sift oxygen from polluted air, like a whale sifts krill.

I do not expect that anyone will believe my visions–though I am sure that is what they are. And I do not expect to be labeled anything other than a maniac; for such is the price of true vision. 

But if humanity survives the coming cataclysms, it shall be because of what I have accomplished here, tonight, in creating her.

“Behold, I have done a new thing.”


About the Author:

Austin Shirey has been telling stories ever since he first read The Hobbit as a kid. If he’s not writing, he’s probably reading or enjoying time with his wife and daughter in Northern Virginia. He has fiction forthcoming this summer in Stonecoast Review and The Dribble Drabble Review.

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