MINDSLIP (The Best Of Watties 2017)
MINDSLIP is the word coined by astrophysicist Dr. Geoffrey Arnold for the catastrophe which hit the Earth at 8.15am GMT next Wednesday morning.
It began six hundred and fifty years earlier when Betelgeuse fulfilled its long-held prophecy to turn supernova. The radiation, gamma rays and gravitational waves hit the Earth at the same time as a coronal mass ejection.
The combined bombardment causes all creatures on the Earth to swap minds, leaving people in animals, animals in people, men in women and children in adults. The nightmare which follows becomes a social and economic catastrophe.
Geoffrey Arnold becomes a key figure in the government catastrophe committee, formed to resolve the myriad issues raised by Mindslip. Power generation, the health service, farming, pay, pensions, education, the banking system and asset ownership spiral into chaos.
In addition, Geoffrey must save his wife from an imminent premature death brought on by one of the Mindslip effects.
Mindslip is a realistic, frightening and sometimes amusing work of imagination which explores how people and families react to the world being changed beyond recognition.
Note: Mindslip had been acquired by a publisher who, regrettably, has now folded. Rather than put the original version up on Wattpad, I have decided to give it a considerable edit. I'd love to know what you think.
The early chapters might disturb, but hopefully they will also make you think about how you would deal with Geoff, Andrea, Angus, Caroline or Allan's situations. Use the comments to tell me what you would have done?
(C) 2017 Tony Harmsworth - All Rights Reserved. For the avoidance of doubt, anyone using this storyline, characters or copying prose or dialogue without written permission, will be prosecuted under international intellectual property laws. If you wish to write fan fiction based on my work, please seek written permission.