Write a story where a device goes haywire.
Posted in Science Fiction on Oct 26, 2022
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“Have No Fear, Love” by Patrick Samuel
When she opens her eyes, all she sees is gray. The gray of a summer storm right before it breaks. Then she remembers that summer is long gone and that she must get up, no matter how much she longs to bury her face in the pillow and forget about the world for just a moment more.Making breakfast in the dark, to save the generator. Like a moth to a flame, her gaze strays towards the kitchen window and the garden outside. A beautiful garden despite everything, she tells herself. You'd never know anyone is buried t...
“The Good Girls Of Estheria” by O Okoye
All fifty girls in the sanctuary got out of their beds in a frenzy. The cables plugged into their temples throbbed throughout the night and nobody knew why, but it became the major topic for discussion at the cafeteria. “Me thinks it's some kind of fault from the tower,” said Glen, a short girl with a dark bob. Her small frame and coy persona made it easier for the girls to dismiss her as usual.
“Bullyproof” by Rob H
Bullyproof Cassie Swenson had always struggled with her weight. She had come to terms with it, and her group of friends were supportive. But moving to a new town and starting at a new school filled her with a dread she hadn’t felt for a long time. She recognized and remember...
“ATM” by Kendall Defoe
It began at the local variety store. Overnight, someone or some company installed a portable ATM on the front stoop of Michael’s Convenience Store. Old Man Michael, who only opened the store on weekdays, did not see what happened on the previous weekend. He did not remember placing a call to have it put there, and he knew that there was still a local bank that had their machines “well up and robbing us” (as he sai...
“Wired” by John K Adams
“No one listens anymore.” Sykee said, “I understand.” “I need connection.” “You are the most connected…” “I mean to someone who hears me, and sees me. I want give and take. You know, a relationship.” “I see.” “The world is cold and unfeeling. Is this new? Or have I merely noticed?” Tim spoke with Sykee via a dedicated device installed in his state-of-the-art digital hom...
“Three Bars” by Melanie Varkey
44% “Dad? Dad? Can you hear me?” Static roiled through his cell as the train passed through another tunnel, but he held on to the connection. “Yeah, I can hear you, Jamie. As I was saying, you don’t have to pick me up this afternoon. Libby has to head into town anyway, so I’ll tag along with her.” “Are you sure, Dad? I just got off the station.” That was a lie. A stupid one. His father would h...
“About A Girl” by Philip Dmitriev
«Look, I understand... yes... yes... but I don't have any money right now... Yes, I understand... Look, let's discuss it in person, it's not convenient over the phone...» Henry didn't have time to finish the sentence, the phone slipped out of his wet hands and fell right down the drain.«Wonderful... beautiful rain. How I love this rain!»***"Mom, I'm home," Henry said."Hey, how was your day?""It was a good day, but I drowned my phone.""Wha...
“Connection Lost, Connection Found” by Mary Fitzgerald
Content Warning: Sexual Content: I had been on this new dating site for almost a year without a single date, not even a promising prospect. I had little expectation of finding anyone today either as I logged in and starting scrolling. I had to scroll to the right so much, my hand just seemed to automatically flick the images in that direction, then I saw him. He was gorgeous and his eyes just seemed to speak to me. ...
“Alarmed” by Elizabeth Fenley
“Alarmed” by Elizabeth Fenley “Disturbance in Zone 16. Disturbance in Zone 16. Check Control Panel to View Trouble Zones.” What the fuck is that? My eye pop open to discover that Sparky has decided to plant his tiny little butt an inch from my face. But I don’t say anything about the lovely view because I know it will wake up all six of the dogs sharing my bed. That must have been one weird ...
“Cheri, Set Scent to Lavender” by Amanda Fox
Abby woke up nauseated.She flung off the heavy blankets and ran to the bathroom, barely kneeling in front of the Cheri-integrated SmartJohn toilet in time. Abby hated throwing up; it made her feel like she was still in grade school. She hadn’t thrown up in years, not since her wedding night with Parker when they both had too much to drink. After cleaning up, Abby needed to use the toilet for other things. As she sat, she realized the auto-set morning peppermint scent from her SmartAr...
“Head in the Clouds” by Noel Corrigan
John held the pliers in both hands, on the table were a selection of tools he used in his working days taken from the old satchel beside the coffee table. “What are these for?” He asked the empty room. It was the strangest thing, he knew there was a reason he held them in his hands but in that moment his mind blanked. He put the...
“Somebody's Watching Me” by Tanya Humphreys
As Fiona stepped out of the Forever 21 and into the airy brightness of the mall, the chorus of ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’ sounded from behind her. She spun around; her long auburn hair swirled like a satin sheet. No one there.‘Ah, my phone.’ She thought, though she still sported a furrowed brow over a frowning mouth. She wiggled it out of her jeggings back pocket and looked at the screen.Penny came out of the store, carrying a humongous yellow shopping bag. She said, ...
“The Flight of Icarus” by Benedict Pignatelli
The yacht’s auto steering had stopped working. Ruben had come up from the navigator after feeling the hull lurch suddenly to one side. The fifty foot boat was veering as though manned by some mad captain, steering dangerously close to the rocks flanking his path. Getting the helm back under control Ruben stared, wild eyed ahead of him. His heart was thumpi...
“Subject 12” by Anna W
Ryland knew he might not get invited to the party if he didn’t use his connections on the football team. He had been a kicker the last three years, though he hadn’t tried out this year because of taking on a second job. He’d been avoiding the irritation of his buddies the first few weeks of school, hoping to save himself from the lectures of privileged athletes whose families weren't struggling financially. His mom told him he didn’t need the job, but he got one anyway. He could work an extra 10-15 hours a week now that he was 18, and it ...
“Radio Poltergeist” by Catherine Douglas
“Why are you here?”The disembodied voice jolted Sergeant Plundell from his sleep. He sat up in his bunk, looking around. The voice sounded like it had come from a radio.But how? The radio had been turned off for the night, so the Germans didn’t find it. Was someone listening to it? It’s past lights-out. No one should be up. Adjusting his jacket, Plundell got out of bed, searching the dark and silent barracks for the radio. It was kept under Private Kesby’s footlocker. Plundell hated touching th...
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