Tatter: Chapter 33

Previous chapter Eric Grazen felt the intruder's presence before he saw him. "Raise your arms. Slowly." "Are you KSRU?" Grazen inquired trepidatiously, straightening before the diagnostic pod in which the specimen lay, watching with wide, dichromatic eyes. "Doesn't matter who I am," the intruder responded flatly. Grazen felt the cold, forceful sting of metal upon… Continue reading Tatter: Chapter 33

Tatter: Chapter 26

Previous chapter Tatter supported Ryard beyond the southern exit of Northwing Detention Facility. Half-dragging him, his good arm round her shoulder. He was barely able to stand and grunted in pain with every jolt of movement that torqued his mangled limb, which dangled awkwardly at his side. Tatter paused and leaned the man against the… Continue reading Tatter: Chapter 26

Tatter: Chapter 15

Previous chapter Ryard watched Tatter scan the walls of the slum-bound warehouse, her bicolor eyes wide with wonderment, her thin, smooth hands searchingly roving the surfaces of the installation, as if expectant of revelation. She paused before a torn poster and cast her gaze to the ground where lay the upper portion of the sign.… Continue reading Tatter: Chapter 15

Bonnie & Clyde 2059

Assault lasers illuminate the Moon’s black sky. A shattered colony dome leaks oxygen as bodies flush into the vacuum of space. Another Luna Federation Agent shot dead, another shopkeeper-bot stumbles to die in a pile of its own liquefied processors. Flashes of green and blue blistered from under the batwing doors of a supercharged stealth-rover.… Continue reading Bonnie & Clyde 2059

The Paper Forge: From Literary Concept To Technical Creation

§00. Practical invention following conceptual abstraction | The civilizational significance of literary art lies, firstly in model generation and secondarily, in the application the generated model. The preferred format for model dispensation varies (novels, novellas, short stories, manifestos, poems, etc...) but the effect of all great literary works is, at least in one way, the… Continue reading The Paper Forge: From Literary Concept To Technical Creation

Oniria

By Iliana Vargas (translated by Toshiya Kamei) § A seahorse poked his bluish snout out of the window. She asked him if the icy air tasted like plankton and foam. He soaked his antennae in the coffee she was drinking and drew a cloud of jellyfish on the table. Electricity in the eyes, she said.… Continue reading Oniria

Fiction Circular 1/21/19

Circular Notes: Fiction Circular is focused on unearthing, presenting, congratulating and critiquing the best in new, independent fiction. By independent, we mean small presses, litmags and e-zines (with a particular, though not exclusive, focus on American works). Work is separated into three categories: Independent Authors (which covers self-published prose-works), Independent Publishers (which covers work from self-sufficient sites… Continue reading Fiction Circular 1/21/19

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Salutations Addendum: Roko’s Basilisk

When greeting a superintelligent being for the first time, it may be worth your while to heed the warning posed by Roko’s basilisk. A thought experiment in the spirit of Pascal’s wager, Roko’s basilisk poses the scenario where an all-powerful AI retroactively punishes everyone who neglected to assist in bringing about its existence. So, while… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Salutations Addendum: Roko’s Basilisk

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: When There’s Not One but Many

If the one legitimate AI with general intelligence duplicates itself like a salmon lays eggs, that will spell the quick end to any talk of monotheism. Likewise, multiple teams of programmers might simultaneously develop an AI with general intelligence. Once the threshold of general intelligence has been reached, a pantheon of ancient Greek mythology-like AI… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: When There’s Not One but Many