The Telepathy Machine by Jean-Paul L. Garnier

the telepathy machine worked perfectly

too much so

two layers of thought

our goal achieved, was overwhelming

still, doable

our layered minds seldom speak to singular subjects

the thoughts were not shocking

‘whoa’ was the consensus

however, the sensations

confused bouquets of scent, poorly mixing

tactile floods of skin

3D landscapes jumbled, superimposed

confounded bodily pain

variations of color

every sound echoing

visual triangulation, too many eyes

if no observer had milled near

neither of us could have located the off switch



Jean-Paul L. Garnier lives and writes in Joshua Tree, CA where he is the owner of Space Cowboy Books, a science fiction bookstore, independent publisher, and producer of Simultaneous Times podcast. In 2020 his first novella Garbage In, Gospel Out was released, and in 2018 Traveling Shoes Press released Echo of Creation, a collection of his science fiction short stories. He has also released several collections of poetry: Future Anthropology (2018), Odes to Scientists (2019), Betelgeuse Dimming (2020), Utopian Problems (2021), and Time’s Arrow (2022). He is a five-time Elgin Nominee and has also appeared in the 2020 Dwarf Stars anthology, Dark Matter Magazine, Utopia Magazine, and more. He is a regular contributor to’s blog and is the current editor of Star*Line Magazine.



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