The idea for the story actually came from a university history lecture; part of the lesson included a video interview of a WW2 survivor - a Jew who lived in Nazi Germany. The tale really struck a chord with me, and although the story evolved in the adaptation to science fiction, it is certainly the inspiration behind it.

Sunraysia was originally published as part of a sci-fi anthology by my local writers group, TWPC ( ). If you enjoyed the story and would like to read the rest of the anthology, you may purchase a copy from Smashwords, Kobo, or Itunes (links below). Paperback copies will be available in the near future, they’re currently with Ingram Press.

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Chris Picone