THE STEM by Z.E. Ratches
The advent of time travel was far less dramatic than all the old science fiction movies and comic books had led us to believe. Mainly because you could only go three minutes into the past and only for 33 seconds. It was a novelty. A gadget to buy to say you had it. As with most modern gadgets, Apple developed the first one. They, predictably, called it iTime. It looked like a thinner, longer iPad and cost about as much. Also predictably, Google came out with a cheaper, better version about six months later. They called it Google Time and it sent you back 33 minutes where you stayed for about three and a half minutes. A few third party developers got involved after that, their scientists and engineers tinkering until they eventually developed the current models that can take you back exactly three days from the present where you linger for 33 minutes.
DetailsABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Z.E. Ratches lives in Tigard, Oregon, which Z thinks is a really funny sounding name for a town. Z is the oldest (and shortest) of three children and grew up next door to George Washington in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Z's dog, Mara, has been referred to as "horse dog" by others, due to the fact that it's a large-ish rottweiler, which Z takes some issue with. However, one of Z's roommates has ridden Mara around the house like a horse on more than one occasion involving alcohol so there isn't really much Z can say. Z graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. Z also went to law school, but doesn't like to talk about it.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Heidi Unkefer is a designer and illustrator from Ohio currently living in Chicago and working as a graphics editor at The Onion. When she isn't busy Photoshopping delightfully weird things she's usually drawing or screen printing them in her free time. With styles ranging from minimalist type layout to abstract illustrations which showcase her obsession with detail, she is inspired by geometric shapes, nature and the juxtaposition of the two. Aside from her life as a designer Heidi is also enjoys lurking around bookstores and hanging out with the two cats she lives with. She can be found online at: heidiunkefer.com.