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He was a sleepwalker, a contract killer under an electronic spell. A deniable asset even to himself, he was perfectly comfortable being a puppet for powers unknown to him until one of his assignments took a nasty turn. Suddenly he was thrust into wakefulness in the middle of a job and the weight of his conscience crashed down on him. It shouldn't have happened, but he came to know too much to ever go back to the somnambulist's trade. He wanted his life back while his employers still had him on a short leash. He was determined to cut himself free, one neuron at a time if necessary.

 


 

This is a short story I wrote in 1999 when I was very much enamored with the works of William Gibson, Philip K. Dick and the Oxford comma. In 2007 I scanned this piece into a PDF from the only extant copy: a stack of pages that had jammed and blurred a few times on their way through the printer. Rather than reconstruct the inked-out and jumbled sections, I found that that they had occurred in parts of the story where the protagonist's memory or mental state were just as jumbled. I left it as it was, feeling that these serendipitous errors worked well with the theme of the story and added more than they took away.

This is the first public appearance of Somnambulist.

 
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September 9th, 2011
I've never met Dave, only have a few of his paper models and live on the other side of the world. I'm not writing this to do him a favour, okay? If you're self interested like me and want a real treat, read this baby and join the lynch mob to fo [...]
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September 08, 2011
This title was added to our catalog on September 08, 2011.