I read a story years back on 365Tomorrows about a man trapped in a basement by some sort of mad scientist. He was essentially trapped in his own head for an extreme amount of time. The time was compressed so that he experienced it at a rate far faster than it actually passed - e.g. 10 seconds was like 10 years.

I've been unable to find it, if anyone knows where I can, that would be awesome!


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This is The White Room by W. Kevin Christian.

The room was not cold. It was not wet. It was not noisy or colorful. It was quiet and white. No pictures on the walls. No carpet on the floors. There was just a table with a man on it and a black-and-white digital clock hung from the ceiling directly above his head. The clock read: 9,999 years, 364 days, 23 hours, 58 minutes, 11 seconds…12…13…


A perverse grin crossed the bald man’s face, his mouth letting out a slow, toad-like chuckle. The feeling of power intoxicated him. The look 30 seconds with the program could put on a person’s face! It tickled him in the darkest of ways, as if holding something young and innocent at the edge of a cliff overlooking hell. The power! The suffering!

  • you got it! :) haha
    – Codeman
    Dec 3, 2014 at 19:27
  • For the record, this is basically a ripoff of "The Jaunt".
    – Valorum
    Dec 3, 2014 at 19:33
  • yeah, I found The Jaunt when I was looking for this story :)
    – Codeman
    Dec 3, 2014 at 19:34
  • "9,999 years, 364 days, 23 hours, 58 minutes, 11 seconds"... Hm... It wasn't a leap year, was it?
    – Mr Lister
    Dec 3, 2014 at 21:37
  • @MrLister - There's a 1:4(ish) chance that it was.
    – Valorum
    Dec 3, 2014 at 22:10

Could it be "The Long Sleep" by Richard “Zig” Zagorski?

The key premise is that the protagonist is trapped inside his own head during a 200 year voyage.

For whatever reason, Gerald was not asleep and unaware in stasis – not completely anyway. The only sense that functioned was his hearing. He felt nothing against his skin, he saw nothing …he wasn’t even sure if his eyes were open. And with his nasal passages filled with stasis fluid, he smelled nothing at all. But he could hear the slushing of the stasis fluid being refreshed periodically, as it would do each passing hour of the 200-year voyage.

  • Close, but this one was actually some sort of torture device, intentionally made
    – Codeman
    Dec 3, 2014 at 19:17

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