It’s More Like an Experiment.

Roderick Butler is a very intelligent young man - that’s what everyone says. Very sensible. Accomplished beyond his years. Awkward around others, but not hurtful.

Experienced at coping with all of the damage.

But the bad times are in the past now. He has a new life, in a new house with a complete family. It’s safer. More comfortable. More stable. All-around healthier.

And all anyone expects from Roderick is that he be normal.

The Worst Things are Constant.

Empathy: The Remnant Pieces is an epistolary novel following a brilliant but troubled youth, struggling to adapt after his single mother’s marriage to an older widower. New updates will be posted Mondays and Thursdays until the narrative is complete, with sporadic additional updates - including supplementary stories and behind-the-scenes content - posted at other times during the week. Empathy is totally free, so get in early.

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New to the series? Need a refresher on what’s already happened? Click here to visit the table of contents, including synopses and links to every part of the story as well as downloadable versions of select portions.

Explore the Levitt House

Get up close and personal with the story in “A Strange Room, Infiltrated by Strange Voices,” a work of interactive fiction running parallel to The Remnant Pieces.

About the Author

ANDREW JOHNSTON is a teacher, writer and documentarian based out of China's Zhejiang province. He has published short fiction in 30 markets and anthologies including Daily Science Fiction, Nature: Futures and the Laughing at Shadows Anthology. Learn more about his works at

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A fictional life laid out in odds and ends.


Writer of fiction, documentarian, currently stranded in Asia.