Waiting for the train home after work, I noted the sign indicating the arrival of the next three trains had the minutes listed as 2, 4, and 8 minutes, respectively. I smiled to myself because I recognized the pattern immediately and had never seen it line up on the platform like that before: 21, 22, 23.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.