And then a rupture in the universe

Michael c. Keith


Geriatric researchers estimated it was around 2047 that the world’s elderly population started to experience sudden age reversal. Indeed, people around sixty-five began appearing younger. However, despite intense investigations by Harvard, Oxford, and Johns Hopkins medical schools as to why seniors no longer assumed the typical signs of decline but instead grew youthful over a relatively short span of time, no definitive cause was found. Some scientists speculated that the answer to this vexing question might exist in the reactivation of telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens telomeresprompting gene reproduction. While this dramatic change in the human condition pleased most elders, it upset their descendants who found themselves competing with their grandparents at job interviews and extreme sporting events.



Michael C. Keith is the author of more than 30 books on electronic media, among them Talking Radio, Voices in the Purple Haze, Radio Cultures, Signals in the Air, and the classic textbook The Radio Station (now Keith’s Radio Station). The recipient of numerous awards in the academic field, he is also the author of dozens of articles and short stories and has served in a variety of editorial positions. In addition, he is the author of an acclaimed memoirThe Next Better Place (screenplay co-written with Cetywa Powell), a young adult novelLife is Falling Sideways, and 12 story collectionsOf Night and Light, Everything is Epic, Sad Boy, And Through the Trembling Air, Hoag’s Object, The Collector of Tears, If Things Were Made To Last Forever, Caricatures, The Near Enough, Bits, Specks, Crumbs, Flecks, Slow Transit, and Perspective Drifts Like a Log on a River. He has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award for short fiction anthology and a finalist for the 2013 International Book Award in the “Fiction Visionary” category.