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A Ceaseless Mechanical Hum

Posted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 4:04 am
by Scattercat
What is it that drives us on? That pushes us to discover, to invent, to create? There is no 'human spirit,' no inherent indomitable quality, nothing other than this: We make our greatest strides when we are uncomfortable where we are. Discomfort, not need, is the mother of invention. That prickling, tingling, itching desire to be somewhere else.

And that is my gift to you. To all of humanity. You feel it now, yes? That first twitching uneasiness? That feeling will only grow. But not too much; my machine is not meant as a torment.

Embrace it with me now.

Re: A Ceaseless Mechanical Hum

Posted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:04 am
by Thomas Daulton
Interestingly different. I wrote several times in the Escape Pod flash contest that I like it when an author takes on a Big Idea with a small story. Therefore, I find the fact that we have no idea who is talking to whom -- God? But which God? An alien geneticist? An AI programmer? -- to be intriguing rather than offputting.

Re: A Ceaseless Mechanical Hum

Posted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:24 pm
by strawman
And thus was born Ron Popeil's Vege-Matic Turkey Roaster: Set it... and Forget it!

Re: A Ceaseless Mechanical Hum

Posted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:28 pm
by zcarter80
ha ha ha!! nice and likely true!