MICROFICTION: CYBERPUNK

Outside the immediate blast radius, the first reaction of hundreds of people was to attempt to look up ‘Electromagnetic Pulse’ on Wikipedia.

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Now, piggybacking on solar emissions, my uploaded consciousness will carry his Gospel to the stars.
Itís true: Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.

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‘Mom, can I get a proper BrainPlant? CHECK OUT MINDGAMES CASINO – ITíS LIKE HAVING VEGAS IN YOUR HEAD! The adware on this one really sucks.’

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The late Pope’s upload was contesting his clone’s election, threatening a schism. Things got confusing when the original rose from the dead.

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DISCLAIMER: As with any other household appliance, in the event of emergent sentience you will be considered your JoyGirl™’s legal guardian.

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Irritated at how easy it is to fake a death in an era of animatronic replicants, Presley refuses to have his former son-in-law in the house.

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The Singularity came and went. The emergent software gods annihilated each other in a twelve-picosecond Holy War. Only three humans noticed.

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‘Nanobots build attobots to fix irregularities, and attobots build xontobots from structured singularities.’
‘Hmm. I’d make it about fleas.’

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Nanoswarm Enforcement Drones infest surfaces as an oily film, or a fine velvety coating. Hence their nicknames – ‘the Filth’ and ‘the Fuzz’.

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‘I left the gas on! But now I can't find my legs.’
‘It’s OK, Dad – you're a persona upload. Itís just a pity they werenít perfected sooner.’

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‘With these chronotransmitters implanted in my synapses, I can override all my past self’s bad decisions. I’m sure he’ll thank me for that.’

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‘A long-term opponent of robosexuality, the Senator admits making payments to rentbots but claims the machines “influenced his brainwaves”.’

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Weaponised Silicovirus infests stone statuary, animating it with hostile pseudo-life. The Rio outbreak caused a misplaced apocalyptic panic.

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I activate EMERGENCY BACKUP and >
awake, smiling, between clean sheets in the rebirthing centre / perish in flames, cursing my luckier twin.

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In the early days of the emotion-based economy there were experiments with negative currencies, the best-known being the yen and the dolour.



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