Browsing All Posts filed under »Fiction«

Ford or Tesla? — a short story

April 30, 2017

0

“There’s a Ford and a Tesla available.” “How much is the Ford?” “About sixty cents a mile.” “And the Tesla?” “Maybe a buck.” “A dollar?!? Forget it. The Ford’s cheaper. And it’s a perfectly good car.” “Sure, but the Tesla has that terrific sound system. And the seats are super-comfy. Besides, this is our anniversary. […]

What Are Friends For? — a short story

April 2, 2017

0

“We need to talk.” “Uh, okay.” “I’m leaving.” “What, you’re moving?” “No. I’m leaving you.” “You’re leav— what? What do you mean? What did I do?” “Nothing. You’re fine. But I have to leave. I’ve … I’ve fallen in love with someone else.” “Someone else? Wait, don’t do this. Let’s talk about it.” “It’s over. […]

How the Software Deleted the Humans — a short story

June 26, 2016

8

By far, the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it. — Eliezer Yudkowsky The lonely guy lived in the basement of his parents’ house, managing four computers, his fingers dancing over the keys as his mind created digital wonders line by line. His expanding belly sometimes bulged […]

Paranoia — a short story

May 1, 2016

0

Why am I in the hospital? It’s obvious. They conspired against me. There I was, minding my own business, writing a comment on a buddy’s Facebook post, when some other guy out of nowhere butts in and insults me. For no reason! What did he write? I don’t even remember. Doesn’t matter. But it was obviously […]

How Much? — a short story

April 20, 2016

0

Know what you want to achieve prior to starting to negotiate. It’s the golden rule but the one most people fail to heed. Without a plan, you allow the opposing party to define your goals instead of the other way around. — Ivanka Trump “Dad, you have privilege. You just can’t understand what it feels […]

The Prime Directive and the Rancher — a short satire

February 21, 2016

3

No identification of self or mission. No interference with the social development of said planet. No references to space or the fact that there are other worlds or civilizations. — “Star Trek” In the TV series “Star Trek”, the Prime Directive forbade the Federation from giving away the secrets of high technology to primitive alien […]

The Clumsy Courtship — a short story

February 7, 2016

3

The first time he saw her was in the parking garage of their apartment complex. She lay on the concrete amid spilled grocery bags, her beautiful face strewn with ketchup, salad dressing dripping from her blouse. She looked up at him with an expression so lost and vulnerable, he fell in love instantly. He ran […]