Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. On the surface, it’s a web ring of authors who post snippets of their work for comment. In reality, it’s a close-knit group of friends and colleagues working together to support and encourage one another and promote the science fiction and fantasy genres.– JC Cassels, 2012
- Absolutely no erotica or explicit content. This ring is for all ages to read. This is the founding reason for this ring, and any diversions will be removed from the final list on Saturday.
- Length of snippets:
- Prose: 4 – 10 sentences.
- Poetry: 4 – 10 lines.
- Any and all comments on the authors’ work are welcome, but please take care to keep them constructive.
I’ve been sharing snippets from a wip called Human: a tale about a detective who meets an android. And can’t get her out of his head, which leads to trouble, of course.
Last week when Jack the detective interrogated Adelyn the android about her stab wound, he got a little worked up about her apparent apathy. She told him that if something is not in her programming, she doesn’t do it. Jack was frustrated enough to grab Adelyn. Yes, he’s handsy. Adelyn showed some human emotion We pick up there:
Jack froze at the tremor in her voice. He knew she wasn’t human. He had seen the proof not even a moment before, but she shook like a real woman. Her chest rose and fell like a real woman’s. She stared up at him and he couldn’t seem to remember she was an android. He dropped her wrist.
“Look,” he said, shrugging his shoulders, glancing at her as she finished buttoning her shirt calmly. “I didn’t mean to—well, I mean, I shouldn’t have grabbed you.”
“It didn’t bother me,” she said without looking up from her buttons. “I don’t think you’d hurt me.”
Well, isn’t that naive? I mean, trusting.
More from these two next week. Until then: fly your speculative flag.
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Past SFFSAT snippets: Human Snippet I, Human Snippet II, Human Snippet III, Human Snipet IV, Human Snippet V, Human Snippet VI, Human Snippet VII, Human Snippet VIII, Human Snippet IX, Human Snippet X, Human XI, Human XII, Human XIII, Human XIV, Human XV.