Black Pill

Seen on Twitter, via Slate Star Codex. Decided to try my hand at a more nuanced version. Limiting myself to 1000 words as a challenge, and to avoid spending too much time.

After many false starts—time vision is surprisingly hard to write about—it is done. Completely different from how I imagined it, and much shorter, but such is life.

Have a great 2016 everyone!


Gives you the ability to see up to one month into the future.

“Sometimes life turns out hard, Isabel. Sometimes it just bites right through you. And sometimes, just when you think it’s done its worst, it comes back and takes another chunk.” —M.L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans

To any clear-eyed seer, the future is a grand darkness.

Everything we have threatens to go away; everything we own decays and turns to dust. Climb, and chaos tugs at you, a gravity critter so misleadingly small until it looms in your periphery, a boiling maw whispering for you to let go, let go, let that same chaos jostle and tumble you around in the energy spiral’s decaying dance, let it shelter you from the world’s sheer stillness, let it cradle you in the business and busyness of life.

Pull free from chaos and for a moment the grand darkness is visible, a terrifying nothingness pierced by pinpricks of hope and love, which send forth their lonely messengers of light to unseen corners of the universe.

The future is easy to see if you just open your eyes. And a little less terrifying when the stars are doubled in the eyes that gaze back at you.

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