My husband had a Rogers-related meltdown over Christmas and we now have Netflix and a larger television. I'm not actually much of a television watcher. I find it rare I get caught by a T.V. series, and I seem to have the magical power to like a show that will be moved around through a dozen different time-slots and thus make my DVR skip the episode I missed.
Netflix, it turns out, is sort of phenomenal. For those of you who've been pushing it my way for years now, you were right, I'm sorry, and I'll be sure to list you so you can claim your free toaster or whatever.
I've been watching "Survivors" (the BBC recent remake of the series) and one of the characters - arguably the most interesting - is a prison inmate who is immune to the virus that wipes out most of the world, and he escapes (and murders the one prison guard who is also immune to do so). He joins up with a group of survivors and gets a second chance.
The next story in Mortis Operandi has a similar 'second chance' theme to it, albeit in a magical way.
"All the Many Ways We Burn" by John Bowker
I love the set-up for this story: it is possible for someone to be dealt a "phoenix." Basically, during a game of cards, some prisoners in a prison yard witness such an event - the criminal RayRay is dealt a phoenix. If he can hang on to it for the duration of the slow build of flame, he will immolate and be reborn as a new person, with a new life - which means his time in the prison would be over.
But holding on to a second chance is hard enough when you deserve one. What about when you don't?
Great story with great writing and such a unique idea that I was really enraptured. Definitely a writer whose stories I need to go find.