British writer/publisher Ben Jeapes lives in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and has
published four novels -- Winged Chariot, The Ark, Xenocide Mission and
His Majesty's Starship -- as well as various short stories in Interzone
and other publications. A growing force in the UK publishing scene, Jeapes is
the founder of Big Engine
Press and recently launched the new genre magazine 3SF.
In the following story, Jeapes offers a disturbingly plausible explanation
for the chronic traffic snarls that plague the highways and cities of Western
Artwork © Fernando Ramirez.