Earworms is a science fiction novella.
"Yes, Philip, that's what you are, isn't it? You're a spy."
How has an intelligent but naiive academic ended up in a deadly stand-off inside a top-secret scientific research establishment? Newly married and graduated musicologist Philip Fry is offered his dream job, working on the top-secret 'Earworms' research project, exploring the use of music and sounds to 'build social cohesion'.
As Philip digs deeper into the nature of the project, however, dream turns to nightmare as he discovers the true, sinister nature of the project, and his managers decide that Philip's concerns are becoming annoying background noise...
As his wife Pritha makes enquiries into his whereabouts on the outside, Philip must find a way to raise the alarm from the inside and escape with his life - if he can. What will he do next? Will he escape? Will he and Pritha make beautiful music again?
Read on to find out...
The cover of Earworms features a design by Alex Zhang.
Jonathan Doering's work has appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including: Cascando, Sheaf, Icarus, Silver Carrier, The Friend, Quaker Voices, Circus, LitSpeak, Contemporary Review, AltHist, Brittle Star, Gold Dust (for which he won a Best Prose Award), The Guardian and The Wolfian. Earworms is his first e-novella.
"...a very enjoyable read"..."just the right length for"..."characters to develop." - Andy Whittaker in SF Crowsnest - 5 stars on Amazon.
"I enjoyed the story"..."the plot kept me interested throughout." - Mark Lord, Editor of Alt Hist Magazine - 4 stars on Amazon.
"I found myself wanting to rush straight back into the story"..."to find out what had gone on"..."I was sorry it finished so soon...." - Bernie Kennedy, Quaker Voices.