Four political prisoners living in a 1940s Siberian POW camp volunteer to be Subjects in a Soviet Military experiment. They are promised freedom in exchange for completing the exercise. In return they must endure 30 days without sleep, fuelled by Gas 76-IA.
The longer the experimentees endure insomnia, the more they deteriorate. Words and pleasantries break down until they turn on each other. Researchers look on, neutral, and take notes for the super soldier applications possible with this new, wonder drug. One researcher, Luka, stands alone in believing the experiment needs to be stopped before irreversible damage is done but is he too late?
The Subjects no longer want the Gas switched off…
Illustrations by award-winning graphic artist Daniel Tyka.
It pulls you back into the mindset of wartime Soviet thinking. Some well researched references as to how badly the Latvian people were treated by the Russian Army. I loved the whole concept of the gases effects being contagious. Definitely scope for a sequel… .
Holly Ice is a lover of original, unusual stories with a passion for sci-fi, fantasy, romance and horror. If a day came where all the monsters were real, she’d love it (as long as they weren’t out to kill her in particular).
Siberia: the height of Stalinist terror. Four political prisoners from all corners of the Soviet Union, exiled to the frozen wastes, and sentences to ten years hard labour, are promised their freedom if they endure 30 days without sleep, fuelled by gas 76-IA. Soviet researchers look on, neutral, and take careful notes on this new wonder drug as insomnia causes words and pleasantries to break down. Only Luka, a junior researcher, believes the experiment needs to be stopped. A lone voice of reason, he is shot down. However, when this experiment ends, one thing is clear: the nightmare has only just begun.