Troublesome Occasions by Adrian Tchaikovsky: An electro band get a bizarre gig

Failing fringe electro band Cosmic String have gotten an odd new gig, writes winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award Adrian Tchaikovsky in his new quick story Troublesome Occasions


16 December 2020

“There’s a gig,” says Clawhammer Dougie Jones, or at the very least his little homunculus trapped in its window on my laptop computer.

“What gig?” Within the window subsequent door, our vocalist Alana Domingo mirrors my utter disbelief. “There aren’t any gigs, Doug. The gig economic system left the constructing.”

Doug blinks at us, that beatific manner he has. Like he’s some guru of knowledge about to alter your life with a handful of phrases; just like the colossal hit of mescaline he took on that US tour 20 years in the past by no means wore off.

“My folks,” he tells us, a gap that has by no means, within the historical past of music, …

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