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SOMETHING BETTER

Jim Bates

For Quinn and his young family, life in 2220 was a depressing dead-end existence. The mandatory enforced lifespan was forty years, and then you were unceremoniously put to death and turned to compost.But only if you lived that long. In the aftermath of global warming, Quinn makes a fateful decision with a disastrous effect. One that forces him, his wife, and son, along with a friend, to flee the confines of The City. In search of a different life. Something better. The World Order Security Police are dispatched to track them with instructions to shoot to kill. But can they avoid them long enough to make it to a better life? Read their inspiring story and find out.

 
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JIM BATES

Science Fiction

Jim lives in a small town twenty miles west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His stories and poems have appeared in nearly three hundred online and print publications. His short story “Aliens” has been nominated by The Zodiac Press for the 2021 Pushcart Prize. His collection of short stories Resilience was published in early 2021 by Bridge House Publishing, and Short Stuff, a collection of his flash fiction and drabbles, will be published by Chapeltown Books in 2021. Periodic Stories, a collection of thirty-one stories based on the periodic table, was published by Impspired in early 2021.

All of his stories can be found on his blog: www.theviewfromlonglake.wordpress.com.