Duma Key

March 30, 2017

“It was RED”   “Life is more than love and pleasure, I came to dig for treasure. If you want to play, you gotta pay, You know it’s always been that way We all came digging for treasure.”   “Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter. ” “If I kept saying […]

The Dark Defiles

September 9, 2016

The dark defiles. They lead here, all of them. This is where they empty out, and he chose to follow them to their end. He was not brought here, he asked to come. The ikinri ‘ska.   The ancient, silent walkways at An-Monal, the stilled machines. The watchful spirits that lived in the walls. The […]

The Cold Commands

September 9, 2016

“Gifts at the crossroads are not cheap,” Hjel says quietly. “Everyone must pay. And most of us heal somewhat with time.”   “I am Welcomed in the Home of Ravens and Other Scavengers in the Wake of Warriors,” Ringil recited for him, hollowly. “I am Friend to Carrion Crows and Wolves. I am Carry Me […]

The Steel Remains

September 9, 2016

“I think you look on death as your friend, ” she murmured. “That is a strange friend for a young man to have.”  “The only faithful friend in this world, ” he said bitterly. “Death is always sure to be at your side.”   I see what the akyia saw, Gil. I see what you […]

Echopraxia

September 9, 2016

http://rifters.com “Dymic.” Slippers nodded knowingly. “Assub.” Back on the pad a newborn vortex chafed at its restraints, smaller than its predecessor but angrier, somehow. Yellow icons blossomed across VEC/PRIME like rampant brushfires. Overhead, something was eating Gemini feetfirst. Another window opened on the wall, a hodgepodge of emerald alphanumerics. Slippers blinked and frowned, as though […]

Divergence

August 3, 2016

Constantine had once been told that a mind was a sentence that could read itself. A book might have thoughts written within it, but something external had to be applied to the book in order to read the words. But what if words could be written in some medium that allowed the words to take […]

Capacity

August 2, 2016

So what exactly is a personality construct? Ah! That’s the crux of the matter. A personality construct is simply a human mind running on a computer. Actually, “computer” is an old-fashioned phrase for an old-fashioned concept. Nowadays we say “processing space.” So I am a personality construct. Does that mean I am no longer human? […]

Recursion

July 2, 2016

And so the younger races had made something a little like a computer virus, something like a pervasive bit of telepathy, something like an intricate pattern of signals, and had allowed it to spread throughout the universe. And everywhere a suitably advanced processing space or mind or pattern set evolved, it would settle and take […]

The Night Watch (by James Mickens)

June 30, 2016

“A s a highly trained academic researcher, I spend a lot of time trying to advance the frontiers of human knowledge. However, as someone who was born in the South, I secretly believe that true progress is a fantasy, and that I need to prepare for the end times, and for the chickens coming home […]

Woken Furies

June 22, 2016

“Two centuries.” “What?” “As I said. You have been in storage for a little under two hundred years. In real terms—” Envoy cool goes out the window, rapidly. “What the fuck happened to—” “Please, Kovacs-san. Hear me out.” A sharp note of command. And then, as the conditioning shuts me down again, pared back to […]