art by Junior McLean
by Ramon Rozas
"This invention will allow the extraction of limitless energy from the vacuum of 'empty' space, and thus be a bonanza for our world," the scientist said.
A reporter waved its tentacle. "But isn't there a worry that destabilizing the local vacuum could cause what opponents call vacuum decay?"
"Nonsense!" the scientist intoned. "Now observe," it said, pulling the lever with its dominant tentacle--