A Ceaseless Mechanical Hum

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A Ceaseless Mechanical Hum

Post by Scattercat » Thu Dec 09, 2010 4:04 am

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.

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Re: A Ceaseless Mechanical Hum

Post by Thomas Daulton » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:04 am

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.
"All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost." --J.R.R. TOLKIEN

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Re: A Ceaseless Mechanical Hum

Post by strawman » Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:24 pm

And thus was born Ron Popeil's Vege-Matic Turkey Roaster: Set it... and Forget it!
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Re: A Ceaseless Mechanical Hum

Post by zcarter80 » Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:28 pm

ha ha ha!! nice and likely true!
If I wrote it you can read it unless you sound like Fran Drescher.

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