Tempus Fugit (short story)

“Stay as you are, Time. You are so beautiful.”

From Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

Ataraxia is an abnormal phenomenon in which the consciousness of all human beings ceases after 22 days. The only way to counter the crisis was to “accelerate” the entire humanity!
Atalante is a cephalopod-based bio AI and the world’s fastest. Can she and a team of scientists save humanity?

“Just because we live in the same era, it doesn’t mean we live the same time.”

Some choose to accelerate, some choose not to. Can they communicate even if they have different time flows? The multi-layered story poses some fundamental questions about our meaning of life and the quality of “time.”

Click here for the e-book version of “Tempus Fugit” (in Japanese).

It is also included in “Toki wo aruku” (“Walking through Time”) , a time-themed SF anthology published by Tokyo Sogensha. It was released on October 30, 2019.

The anthology comes in both electronic and paper books.
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