I do not know how many times I am to try this: to create a time-keeping device that will hold its measure on a journey across the sea. Every day, the same thing: a task as simple as steadying a pendulum, the rock of left to right; of making it sturdy, able to take the yoke of a storm and hold it still. Time is regular, this is the crux of the problem, and when travelling the seas, time is lost. It evaporates, like salt-water from a deck — though time, of course, leaves no trace. It is such an intangible thing that we try to measure.
James Smythe's deliciously harrowing "The Last Escapement" is now available as a free audio story on the award-winning Pseudopod.
"The Last Escapement", first published in Irregularity, is narrated by Paul Jenkins. One of our very favourite stories, it is definitely not for the faint of heart.
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