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Jun 21, 2024

An expert in the field of neurological mapping is the only person qualified to enter an experimental simulation and rescue her greatest rival.

Genre: Science Fiction


“It could be psychological. Maybe his subconscious put something in there, or built a section of the maze on its own, and he’s having a tough time getting out.”

“And what else?”

The tech frowned at me as if I already had the answer and was purposely keeping it from her so she could figure it out on her own. But I was just trying to gauge what their box was, and how far outside they had gone to figure out what was happening to their boss.


What’s the Writing Prompt that inspired the story?
(Doesn’t appear to be inspired by a prompt)
I probably asked myself a question to start off the brainstorm: What if a researcher and expert in the field of virtual neurological interfaces gets trapped in his own simulation, and the only person qualified to get him out is his bitterest rival?


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Story: “The Mind Beyond the Maze” Copyright © 2020 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)


Music by NICHOLAS JEUDY (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“The truth”
“As it happenned”
“In search for”
“Virtual reality”
“Secret agent”
“Me, myself, my enemy”


*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Nicholas Jeudy licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
Changes made to the musical tracks?  Just cropping to align with my narration.


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Episode Art Description: Digital drawing. Foreground bottom center, top half of a head, facing and looking forward with wide eyes and raised brows. The head is framed by a spiky glow. Behind the head, view from a top angle of a three-dimensional maze. Watermark of “Storyfeather” at vertical angle along top of maze at left.