Hello, voracious readers! Today, we have indie author William (Willie) Meikle stopping by the blog to plug his novel, The Invasion. Willie actually has written a plethora of novels, but The Invasion is definitely his biggie. In fact, as he posted yesterday, it's a bit prophetic! Things that he wrote about seem to be happening for real!
Willie submitted a short story for the Learn Me Good blog to feature. If you're a lover of puns and wordplay, then be sure to look sharp at the end of the story.
Also, Willie is giving away a FREE KINDLE!! See his website for all the details, but in short, he will pick one name at the end of February to receive a free Kindle, already loaded with several of his works. All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment here on this blog post.
At the Trial of the Loathsome Slime
by William Meikle
The slime was truly ugly, the ugliest thing ever seen on Earth, uglier even than a bowl of rhubarb and custard left to congeal for a few days then coated with chocolate sauce, which it resembled most.
That afternoon it was held in a box of clear plastic, a six foot cube against whose walls it slithered and splattered with dismaying regularity. The trails of yellow mucous left behind when it retracted boiled violently before finally hardening into brown crayons etched on the inside walls. It had been calculated that the plastic would last fifteen minutes, more than enough for the court to reach a verdict.
Scenes were flashed across the holo-vid in heart-stopping sharpness: the return of the deep space probe, the sudden growth of jelly on its surface as the slime discovered it liked oxygen, the slime escaping from the research lab by the simple expedient of melting its way through everything in its path, the slime snuggling up to a dog and devouring half of it before moving on, the slime melting its way into and through a the servo-motors of a cross-town aerobus, and, finally, the high point of the prosecutor’s case, the slime pouring over the Multivac port, the casing and chips and melted copper fusing into a blob before themselves being consumed. The camera drew back to show the slime sitting contentedly at an intersection, small pustules bubbling on what passed for its skin.
The jury gave a long sigh as the prosecutor rumbled back to the niche with the parting words, “The prosecution rests, M’Lord.”
The room was hushed, a quiet broken only by the splashing of new ridges on the walls of the slime’s cage.
An aperture opened beside the vocalizer and a lack rectangle of cloth was placed on top of a weary grey wig.
The vocaliser adopted a stern bass register as it intoned the verdict. This menace to Earth’s security was to be destroyed. Analysis had shown that only by breaking the slime into its constituent cells could its effects be neutralised.
Therefore the court judged that the slime was to be taken from the courtroom to the Virginia Mountains on the planet Blue Ridge, where it would be poured through a micropore sieve until it was dead.
“And may Multivac have mercy on its circuits.”
There was no one present at the demise of the slime, which was a pity, because proof of its great intelligence emerged at the last second as its cells communicated with each other in one last message in an attempt to cheer itself up on the way to oblivion…
“Well! This is another fine mesh you’ve gotten us into.”
William Meikle is a Scottish writer with ten novels published in the genre press and over 200 short story credits in thirteen countries. He is the author of the ongoing Midnight Eye series among others, and his work appears in a number of professional anthologies. His ebook THE INVASION has been as high as #2 in the Kindle SF charts. He lives in a remote corner of Newfoundland with icebergs, whales and bald eagles for company. In the winters he gets warm vicariously through the lives of others in cyberspace, so please check him out at http://www.williammeikle.com