MY DAY OFF FROM THE SETI PROJECT • by Deven D Atkinson

All those endless days spent analyzing and listening and fretting over every radio signal captured by Arecibo had broken my enthusiasm. The drone of static rising and fading; the computer graphics spiking and falling; the unrelenting sameness of it all had me on the brink of screaming!

The beach beckoned. I spent a day frolicking in the surf and frying in the sun.

I nearly dropped the conch shell I held to my ear. Its rhythmic static was breathtakingly familiar. I know what the universe is telling us from the vast ocean of space.

“Come on in, the water’s fine!”


Deven D Atkinson is a computer programmer living in rural Southern Ohio. Besides appearences at Every Day Fiction he has a story in “The Infinity Swords” anthology to be published by Carnivah House.


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