International Writers Magazine:Futures
Archos strode across
a cracked and uneven asphalt pavement and analysed the rhythms created
by the satisfying thud each of his new boots made with each step. He was
bored again. He activated his psychonetic computer chips that were hard
wired directly into his brain and accessed their on board encyclopaedia
by thinking vocal commands.
moon adorned the night sky above the city, ducking and diving silently
behind grey clouds of pollution. Her gaze penetrated the steel and
concrete lattice of streets below and illuminated the body of a
male who identified himself only as "Archos"
Local history, southern new UK urban sprawl. Summary.
Archos felt his voice, his own endless internal monologue being seized
by an electro-chemical jolt deep in the icy catacomb of his mind.
Humans in this region are technologically well into what is known colloquially
as the "Silicon Age" although computer processors are now in
the main constructed from Buckminster- Fullerene.
His voice sped up and changed pitch to add a footnote. blink twice for
Nanotechnology is well out of its infancy with market segments such
as cyber-netics, the convergence of body and machine.
Blink twice for separate article.
And psycho-netics, the convergence of mind and machine.
Blink twice for separate article.
Progressing exponentially into perpetual adolescence.
Blink thrice to access list of indepen-
Archos gritted his teeth. Pause. Gotta stop It interrupting me with that
blink twice thingy.
Archos brought up a semi transparent menu which flickered beneath his
normal vision and selected no footnotes.
This level of technological development is notably unusual for a society
that has experienced such a major social and economic upheaval as the
destruction of the Bank of England and the Houses of Parliament by the
flooding of the river Thames , probably in large part due to global warming.
This removal of central government created anarchy which was only appeased
to a habitable level by big business providing law enforcement for a suitable
fee. The end of central government also terminated planning regulations
and green belt restrictions. The British isles are currently covered in
a giant urban sprawl, a piece of green and pleasant land owned by nobody
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The mental jolt ceased and his mind was liberated. and that disclaimer
has to go as well!. It was weird enough hearing voices in your head but
ones that you couldnt turn off or control was a nightmare! Archos
gnawed gently on the inside of his lower lip.
Archos continued to walk with increased irritation and haste down a commercial
street. He was bathed in halogen from street lamps towering above and
was anonymous in the crowd of thousands. To his left was a bar openly
selling chemicals to make the unregulated energy of the city and the neon
glow emanating from shop windows even more intense and euphoric. To his
right mechanical implants and compact sonic weapons bedecked a disturbingly
lifelike and fashionable mannequin. Further along was his target, an unmarked
building constructed of sharp and angular geometry, jet black and burnished
,perhaps containing darker things still.
© Tom Nation October 2007
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