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Science had prevailed over nature once again.

We called it the Darwin Accelerator.  If I had to describe it, I'd classify it as a cross between a holodeck and a time machine, or more precisely as a device for controlling evolution.

You placed a sample population of the base animal in the machine and turned it on.  Decades or even centuries passed inside as seconds passed outside.  Whatever climate the user desires could be simulated within the machine, and by then the species's descendants would have evolved to suit it.

The possibilities were endless.  Almost any kind of animal at all could be created by the Darwin Accelerator.  Even long-extinct species had been rebuilt.

Then the accident happened.

I don't even remember what sort of creature we were trying to evolve.  One of my colleagues, Professor Kale, was accidentally shut inside the Darwin Accelerator when we started it up.  We noticed our error and hit the emergency shutoff almost immediately, but by then the damage had been done.

Professor Kale was delirious.  He was alive, but he'd become an old man in the few seconds the Accelerator had been running.  His hair was unshaven and pale, and he smelled horrible.  The lab was now alien to him, as were we.

I couldn't even imagine what he'd had to suffer through.  Completely isolated from human contact for what to him was decades, with no company other than whatever animal we'd intended to evolve.  Almost like a backwards Rip Van Winkle.

One thing's for sure.  When the public hears about Professor Kale, the Darwin Accelerator project is almost certainly going to be canceled for "ethical reasons".
I don't know how I came up with this idea, but I like it. I think a better writer than myself could have played up the details a bit better, though.
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Kathalia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kind of reminds me of an episode of Doctor Who called "the Lazarus Experiment" Not exactly the same, but similar concept. Its pretty good if you're looking for something to watch.
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Huh. I've never watched Doctor Who.
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Kathalia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its a pretty great show. I've only seen a handful of the original run, but the new-er series is one of the best shows out there right now.
In the episode, a scientist create an evolution machine, but after the initial success, it goes horrible awry.
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Huh.
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llirbwerdnadivad Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I'm definitely curious about how it would have gone if Prof. Kale hadn't been trapped inside...
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
What do you mean?
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llirbwerdnadivad Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I mean I'm wondering what would have happened to the Darwin Accelerator if it wasn't for the accident.
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Lolocator Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Wow that is one hell of a story.
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
That doesn't actually tell me very much about your opinion of it.
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Lolocator Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
do excuse my lack of good spelling, its 1:00 am here... I need to sleep.
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
You don't need to tell me that.
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Lolocator Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I know you like a detailed explanation, don't worry I don't mind really I was just kidding about.
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Lolocator Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
can I ever get of with a simple short comment @_@ alright full account here it goes:

The story was well described and very vivid. Though it seemed some what not so fluent as per usal, maybe becasue there was not much use of the five senses but it seemed to have that effect that I say to many about being like a cheeck list and going from one thing to the next to quickly.

In other words great story but the transitions of focus need work.
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Thank you. I like detail in my feedback, okay?
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Wolfertech Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The writing is good actually.
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
What leads you to say that, besides my self-lamentation in the artists' comments?
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Wolfertech Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o.o Nothing to do with those, just the fact you write clearly! ^w^ something I can't do!
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Clearly?
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Wolfertech Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
clear... ly :p yes, easy to understand. *baps your head playfuly* Silly.
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Wolfertech Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Easy fix. A OFF button on the INSIDE silly! ;3 Hehe anyway, not insulting ya or the story, just saying.
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
But what if the inside button broke down from time-accelerated wear and tear? Or what if the animal getting evolved hit the button by chance?
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Wolfertech Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The animal mistake is easy, just turn it back on! And the braking button? set it so if it brakes, the machine shuts down! :3
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Those would probably result in a lot of annoying starts and stops during normal use.
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Wolfertech Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So? Maintenance is a normal part of any project.
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Yeah, but keep in mind the time differences. How long do you think it would take for either of those circumstances to arise? And how would that translate to real time? It wouldn't be practical to have to check the button and restart every few minutes, and I don't think it would be even that infrequent.
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Wolfertech Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A button built in a nice case could last 10,000 years :p so sure, you have to fix, but only every 30 minuets or so real world time =p Sounds annoying? Thats the real world for ya, so the machine might only be running 1/3 of the time or less, but HEY! its still billions of times faster then normal time, right? :p
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sonicinterface Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I could imagine someone having that button removed after getting annoyed with all those starts and stops, not thinking about the consequences.
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