Podcaster: Pamela Quevillon

Title: Space Stories presents The New Accelerator

Organization: Speak Easy Narration

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Description: Today we bring you The New Accelerator by H.G. Wells.

Bio: Pamela Quevillon is a voice actress who most often lends her voice to science and science fiction content. You can find her work on the “Escape Pod” and “365 Days of Astronomy”, as well as on her site

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This is 365 Days of Astronomy. Today we bring you a new episode in our Space Stories Series. We are always on the lookout for creative commons and public domain licensed stories that we can share, and that we hope will get people thinking.

There are certain carriers that require more time to be pulled from a day than it sometimes seems possible. Bomber pilots pop pills that keep them flying through days and across continents. Doctors chase caffeine. And in Academia there is always the rumor of people getting more time out there days through drugs.

The so called need for speed was perhaps first discussed in HG Wells short story, the New Accelerator. In this tale from the 19th century, we get faced with the moral questions of trying to artificially accelerate life, and are reminded that sometimes, all that comes from acceleration is ugliness.

If you could stretch and expand time, would you?

You can get the entire text from Project Gutenberg.

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