It’s the future. The cities are flooded. Certain words are forbidden. The doomed Earth has become united under a global totalitarian regime. But two eccentric outliers who refuse to follow the rules may be the Tellestian Empire’s only chance for a hopeful future. (Running time: 37 minutes, 21 seconds.)

Written and directed by Edward Champion

CAST:

Ramirez:  Charly Saccocio
Harris: Michael Saldate
The Instructor:  Rachel Matusewicz
The Voice:  Carol Jacobanis
The Guard:  Graham Rowat
Classmate #1:  David Perez-Ribada
Classmate #2:  Sam Mercer
Classmate #3:  Emmanuel Webb
Scientist #1:  Glenn Bulthius
Scientist #2:  Liz Fodor
Scientist #3:  Alistair Mackey
The Demon:  Pete Lutz
The Rebels:  Glenn Bulthius, Liz Fodor, Alistair Mackey, Melissa Medina, Dylan Reed, and David Sinkus

Associate Producers: Morgan Corcoran and John Osborne

Sound design, editing, engineering, and mastering by a bald man in Brooklyn with a bowling average that is too embarrassingly low to report to the general public.

Music licensed through Neosounds and MusicFox.

Image licensed through Getty.

This story was inspired by Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun. Please be sure to listen to the excellent podcast, Rereading Wolfe, an excellent show devoted to analyzing this amazing work of literature.

Thanks for listening!