Smooth Operator (#SFFSAT)

So, Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday: a mouthful, a blog hop, a hive mind of the most geek-tastic brains out there. Some guidelines, a little welcome:

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


  1. 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.
  2. Length of snippets:
    • Prose: 4 – 10 sentences.
    • Poetry: 4 – 10 lines.
  3. 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 named Adelyn X. And can’t get her out of his head, which leads to trouble, of course.

Last week Adelyn finally stomped into the repair shop after Jack scared her wireless (get it?) with his reckless driving. Now, we meet her handy dandy repairman.

“I’ll be right with you, Addie,” a dry voice said. Jack looked around Adelyn to see a hulking man sitting on a stool, all aglow from the huge neon sign behind him which read Zed’s Place. He was operating on his own left arm with two of the added robot arms hovering over his shoulders. He seemed to have his own two arms, which were covered in metal armor, plated like an animal’s skin from his wrists to his shoulders; he also had four, additional machine arms: alloy pinchers and human-like hands matched together. When Zed looked up, he regarded Jack with what looked like goggles at first. In fact, they were his eyes, silver cylinders fit into his eye sockets. Their purpose was indistinguishable from just looking at them, but they appeared useful. “Who’s your friend?”

Adelyn glanced at Jack, saying, “Zed, this is King. He’s helping me with observing myself for humanistic traits.”

Well, isn’t she quick on her feet? We’ll see more of Zed next week. Now, it’s time for more fantastic weird.


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, Human XVI, Human XVII, Human XVIII, Human XIX, Human XX.


26 thoughts on “Smooth Operator (#SFFSAT)

  1. The whole scene is instantly pictureable: I can smell cement and ozone in the room where Zed is working; I can see what Zed looks like; I how cool Adelyn is being as if I’m standing right next to her.

    Fantastic job. Can’t wait to read more next week. =)

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