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The Internet of Slaves

The Internet of Slaves

The content we post on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc., none of this content belongs to us. Our tweets and posts and pictures belong to the platforms we post them on. If you don’t believe me, go make a thermos of tea and read their Terms of Services and End User License Agreements. There’s an article posted on Boing Boing about Google intentionally bricking devices, which users have already bought and paid for. To brick a…

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Before Devil’s Village (Chapter One)

Before Devil’s Village (Chapter One)

My short story Devil’s Village, which was shortlisted for the Writivism 2015 Short Story Prize, is part of a novel I am working on. The Devil’s Village story actually takes place well into this novel. What follows is the work in progress of Chapter One of that novel.   Western and Central African Allied Territory had been living under uninterrupted martial law for a whole generation. The Committee had designated this a military issue and declared a state of emergency…

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Devil’s Village (Shortlisted for the Writivism 2015 Short Story Prize)

Devil’s Village (Shortlisted for the Writivism 2015 Short Story Prize)

The cortical implant in my head was disconnected from all networks and my Heads-Up Display was offline. There were three Cleopatras on our flight and the Crew Chief’s Operations Protocol demanded a total communications blackout. The dim red LED strips cast a gloomy aura around the Irish priest who sat across the aisle from me. Maybe the guy really was gloomy. The only other passengers were the heavily armed Ukrainian Bravo Team and their guest, a limp bundle of broken…

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Extraordinary Dream

Extraordinary Dream

Last night I dreamt the world was under the rule of a global dictatorship.  One big dystopian society, where those who dissent disappear. Democracy was replaced by state institutionalized terror, and the only people who fought back spoke Arabic. In fact, in my dream the Arabic language became outlawed and merely having the ability to read, write and speak this language was enough to get you arrested. Speaking Arabic was a form of defiance to the system, where English was…

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