70

Anarchists Guide to Time Travel: Time travel doesn’t have to be dry or chaotic, it can be fun too. Spread some 😊 around. Watch ‘em go crazy.

 Recent excavations at the Hittite city of Karkemish have revealed a different picture of the allegedly warlike society, as a jug with a smiley face on it has been found. The discovery provides further weight to the theory that the human smile has been graphically represented since well before 1950, with other evidence including a smiling face visible in the signature of Cistercian Abbot Bernard Hennet in 1741. Harold Gross takes this discovery and gives it an Adams twist – could the smile be evidence of time travelling anarchists? // Alex Massey

//Harold Gross returns with another deposit to the Vault. A professional actor, movie critic, and computer professional, his writing has appeared in F&SF, Analog, on Pseudopod.org, as well as in publications around the globe.//

64

A tiny needle samples; the pain unnoticed in her Trojan finger. DNA turns into bits and she smiles as the locks disengage. The data is hers.

Researchers from the University of Washington have demonstrated how DNA can be encoded to infect computers. Malicious software was encoded into physical strands of DNA, creating a program that corrupts gene-sequencing software. In an eerie mirror image of Stephenson’s Snow Crash, it then takes control of the underlying computer. Harold Gross gives the story a bio-punk twist, with a dash of scientific reality. // Alex Massey

//Harold Gross returns with another deposit to the Vault. A professional actor, movie critic, and computer professional, his writing has appeared in F&SF, Analog, on Pseudopod.org, as well as in publications around the globe.//

40

The pack is just out of reach, resting on its wormstrip. Shadow in a bend of the shaft holds back my salvation. Awaiting sunrise and no clouds.

Research into self-propulsion by inanimate objects without the use of a mechanic system has been common over the past decade. Recently, scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology and Kent State University have developed a new material that propels itself forward under the influence of light. Harold Gross casts this discovery into a chase scene, full of shadows and sunrise. // Alex Massey

//Harold Gross has been a professional actor and a computer professional for many years. His writing has appeared in F&SF, Analog, on Pseudopod.org, as well as in several anthologies and magazines in the US and UK.//