King's Gambit: Part One

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Haruspex Analytics, Top Floor

“Thank you all for coming. I regret the necessity.”

Though he is, as always, covered in shadow, the tension in the Chairman’s posture is unmistakable. The board room is silent, all eyes on him. Jason Kline shifts uneasily in his seat, instantly regretting it as it squeaks in protest.

“As you know,” the Chairman continues, “we have been operating under the shadow of a very serious security breach. Someone has betrayed us, quite overtly, on at least two separate occasions. We still don’t know the extent to which they have betrayed us covertly. The damage may take years to undo. This is especially worrisome in light of our decision to suspend Project Recall until this matter is settled. We’ve made great strides there, and now that progress is in danger of unraveling completely.”

A low, worried murmur fills the room. The Chairman lifts one hand, motioning for silence, and it quickly fades away.

“To counter this danger, I have tasked Mr. Kline and his group with the task of discovering the identity of this mole… this traitor.” The Chairman’s voice hardens, then smoothes over once more. “Today he will report on the progress of his investigation.”


K.B. Spangler and Christopher B. Wright Discuss CleanReader on Twitter

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I'm going to add a little context, but for the most part I think the tweets should speak to themselves.

Yesterday I heard about a service called CleanReader, but didn't pay too much attention to it. This morning K.B. Spangler, a fantastic web cartoonist AND author, had some very clear opinions on it:

Things I Didn't Know I Still Had: Curveball, the Webcomic Script

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So sometimes when I dig through my files I find things that surprise me. This is one of those times.

Waaaaay back in 2000 or 2001--back when I still lived in Raleigh, NC--I came up with the basic idea that eventually turned into the Curveball Prose Comic Serial. I eventually abandoned it because I realized there was no way I could ever draw it, and I didn't know anyone who would be interested in collaborating on it. So the idea sat for... oh... about ten years before I picked it up again.

But today, as I was looking through my fiction files, I found the original script that I wrote when I still thought it might be a webcomic. And now I'm posting it for all the world to see.

This Mortal Coil: Part Six

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This Mortal Coil

David stays against the far wall, but moves over so he’s facing the door. Through it he can see a long room that reminds him of the old workshop his dad had in the basement of their house—narrow, full of shelves, with a table set against a wall that lacked only a vise to complete the picture. And it is empty: every shelf, every surface. Completely bare.

“The books are gone?”

Artemis nods.


“I don’t know,” Artemis says, voice hollow. “It’s… it’s not possible. The wards are intact—they must be intact, because the door opened. And if the wards are intact, then I am the only person allowed in this room.”