Here in the US, my state of Pennsylvania has been in lockdown for several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today marks my 18th day at home.
I’m grateful to everybody who’s working on the front lines of this thing, including the retail workers, and delivery people who enable me to do my part in the effort to contain the outbreak—they enable me to stay put. Of course, a colossal shout out to those of you who work in public safety and medicine.
So, my question to you is: how are you doing?
Be sure to pay a visit to April’s hard-working IWSG co-hosts, Diane Burton, JH Moncrieff, Anna @ Emaginette, Karen @ Reprobate Typewriter, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard! as well as Alex J. Cavanaugh, the IWSG’s founder, who always has gobs of member news to share.
And finally … a bit of unabashed, self-promotion:
Overnight, users of the popular social networking site, Know-Me, acquire a duplicate, but dissimilar, identity. Though he claims to be shocked by the doubles’ debut, Know-Me’s CEO, Jason Vrabek, has impressed even himself with this latest testament to his genius. He swears his company has not launched a massive social experiment, something Know-Me has been accused of in the past. While experts investigate the phenomenon, the doubles engage with their counterparts, and Vrabek collects the data.
Alice Merkanowsky, an ordinary office worker, is enthralled with her duplicate self, the glamorous wife of a celebrity chef. Her thrill soon turns into an obsession which strains her marriage, and threatens her grip on reality.
Alice isn’t the only Know-Me casualty. Hoax, or not, the phenomenon triggers consequences that are frighteningly real, even for Vrabek who soon finds himself outmatched by his own genius double.
A science fiction short story. Buy KNOW ME here.
KNOW ME is also available through Kindle Unlimited.