Me Too Me Too

June 24, 2009
By Bret

After Ryan posted (and told me) about Ficly, and how it had opened the creative floodgates for him, 1024 characters at a time, I considered joining.

At first, I didn't, but then I realized that I had a story I wanted to write.  I had tried writing it as 55 Fiction once, but it didn't quite fit.  It works much better within the 1024 character constraint, though, and it's now live on the site.  I'll be posting, as additional ideas come to fruition, under the name 'halfpenny'.

My story, titled Survival, is after the jump.

Robert watched the family walk down the hall and out of sight. They had dodged another bullet; his supervisor would be pleased.

He closed the door and sat in the still-warm seat at the terminal. The blinking cursor depressed him deeply. It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

From all indications, the software was flawless, but every time someone was transferred in, the same thing happened. A huge spike in activity, over in nanoseconds, and then nothing. The coders were stumped. Diagnostics showed that the neural maps were being converted perfectly. The problem had to be elsewhere.

The base psychiatrists speculated that the subjects were effectively committing suicide. Simultaneous access to a lifetime’s worth of memories, lack of companionship, lack of sensory input...there were plenty of reasons to reject digital immortality.

Everyone was told that the glitch would be worked through in time. Until then, do whatever is necessary to keep the subjects’ families from suspecting anything.

You gotta stay funded.

Robert watched the family walk down the hall and out of sight. They had dodged another bullet; his supervisor would be pleased.

He closed the door and sat in the still-warm seat at the terminal. The blinking cursor depressed him deeply. It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

From all indications, the software was flawless, but every time someone was transferred in, the same thing happened. A huge spike in activity, over in nanoseconds, and then nothing. The coders were stumped. Diagnostics showed that the neural maps were being converted perfectly. The problem had to be elsewhere.

The base psychiatrists speculated that the subjects were effectively committing suicide. Simultaneous access to a lifetime’s worth of memories, lack of companionship, lack of sensory input…there were plenty of reasons to reject digital immortality.

Everyone was told that the glitch would be worked through in time. Until then, do whatever is necessary to keep the subjects’ families from suspecting anything.

You gotta stay funded.

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One Response to "Me Too Me Too"

  1. Greg Hamerly
    Greg Hamerly on 28-07-’09 17:20

    Spooky! I like it.

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