Monday, February 01, 2010

The Reliability of Objects

Future Children ~ Agim Sulaj

“Markov IV” The carapace’s readout announced in a pale typeface alongside the warning “System Integrity Low”
In the back of my mind I made note that that particular warning was not one that I’d ever seen before. Most art-life systems were powered on ultra-low friction recuperative technology, backed up by thousands of f-years organo regenerative colonies, so are reliable to a very high degree.
Markov IV filled my vision, yellow ochre with a band of green/blue around her equator; I sucked in a deep breath of carapace air – no longer reeking of my shit, but fetid nonetheless.
Markov IV……shit
Dredging up a few rudimentary strings of mech-language gathered from f-years of having to depend on art-life I attempted to ask the carapace why it had brought me into a contaminated sector.
“System Integrity Low”

This is an extract from "Decaying Orbits"; a novel taking its own sweet time in the writing.

5 comments:

Tom said...

i love a gritty good sci-fi story.

Harlequin said...

I 'm with Tom--- this sounds dark and twisty already ..... look forward to more; and an intriguing visual.

the walking man said...

Get rid of politics and politicians before the f stop is slammed into and the system integrity will quadruple in an instant.

Gerry Boyd said...

Please, sir, can I have some more?

Pisces Iscariot said...

Tom: me too - here's hoping I can create one :]

Harlequin: dark and twisty is what I live for :D

Walking Man: oh..kay :)

Gerry: more? more? I'll see what I can do :B