Pseudopod 110: Spurling’s Virus

By Michael Savastano

Read by Ben Phillips

A tiny slit in the yellow protective suit killed her.

Ridley Means slammed down the quarantine lever, locking the room that
would soon become Joella Henney’s tomb. Pale blue warning lights flashed.
Joella swerved toward the window and peered with panicked eyes. Her head
darted to each side, inspecting her body, arms outstretched.

She won’t see it. You never see the one that gets you.

She charged toward Ridley. The coiled air hose straightened behind
her. Her gloved hands laid flat against the glass. She mouthed something.
It looked like, “Please.”

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David
October 3rd, 2008 6:45 pm

Great story, interesting premise. Glad to see the occasional bit of scifi around here. Without it people might forget the future isn’t necessarily pleasant.

I know you can’t really do scifi every week here, but We are all Very Lively, What Dead People are Supposed to Do and Oranges, Lemons and Thou Beside Me were some of my favorite stories from you guys. Look forward to more dark scifi around here.

02
October 4th, 2008 7:56 pm

Yep.
I agree. Like the dark sci fi.
But, how’s bout you add in some more drugs and violence? That way you got yerself some dandy Cyber Punk.
Yep.
Just dandy.
Can’t wait to see what ‘s coming for Hallloween.

03
phignewton
October 5th, 2008 12:54 pm

yes, very nice ambiguious human/alien relationship goin on there.

04
October 6th, 2008 6:17 pm

I liked this one a lot. Nothing mind-blowingly original about it, but it was well-written with small details that provided a nice sense of atmosphere and emotional weight.

05
October 7th, 2008 1:23 am

Absolute waste of a zombie apocalypse scenario… not even a sentient germ.

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Brave Space Monkey
October 7th, 2008 4:10 pm

Enjoyed the story very much. Sci-Fi can be just as scary as anything else. While this story didn’t break new ground it did tell a solid story and building a world I’d like to know more about.

Escape Pod has been a big steamy pile of let down lately. I’m glad that the pseudopod has filed some of the sci-fi void with a quality story.

Any more stories from White Street Society (Pseudo076)? I still get a kick out of that story and love to hear more from the gentlemen of WSS.

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Thorulfr
October 8th, 2008 5:16 pm

I liked the story a great deal, but somehow it didn’t quite make the leap from “sci-fi” to “horror”. While the effects of the virus were suitably horrific, grotesque medical effects do not ‘horror’ make; and though our alien overlords were dismayingly amoral, we humans have used each other as lab rats with far less provocation.
Don’t get me wrong, though; I did enjoy it.

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mike rankin
October 8th, 2008 8:21 pm

nice sci-fi bro, haven’t heard anything like that since showdown 2040!

09
October 9th, 2008 1:06 pm

Loved it. I work in a lab all day long and that’s where I listen to all my Escape Artists podcasts. After listening to this story, all day long I kept over analyzing every feeling: ‘was that something in my glove? something in my sleeves?’

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Thorulfr
October 9th, 2008 5:47 pm

I know the feeling, Romer – I used to work in labs, too, and in one job had to sample all the incoming materials. I never had a problem dealing with chemicals that were explosive, but carcinogens gave me the heebie-jeebies. With explosives, you always know where you stood: Either you were OK – or it it didn’t matter anymore. With some of the other stuff, though, I was always wondering if an unnoticed mask or glove leak now would result in my dying of cancer 10 years later…
I’ll bet that you and I could trade some amusingly hair-raising stories.

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scatterbrain
November 18th, 2008 7:08 pm

Although I enjoyed this, I can’t help but be a git and complain that there is too much “straight” SF on Pseudopod these days. It’s a bit annoying.

But I have found a solution: Apex SF and Horror Digest should have a podcast!

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November 20th, 2008 1:40 am

What is meant by “straight” here?