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 named Adelyn X. And can’t get her out of his head, which leads to trouble, of course.
Last week Adelyn finally got up onto the operating table for her repairs. Meanwhile, Jack’s trying to scratch together some sort of pattern to explain how and why Adelyn’s world has been filled with dead bodies. He’s thinking there’s some sort of conspiracy. He just doesn’t know what kind.
Jack circled the room, keeping his face bored as he watched Zed’s mechanical arms click in anticipation. As Zed became engrossed in Adelyn’s open skin, Jack checked his name in the police databases, using his own special glasses. Surprisingly, the cyborg popped up fairly easy. His real name as Steven Zinko; he’d been picked up for theft, armed robbery and a slew of petty crimes he’d never been kept in containment for. Jack also checked Zed against the web of growing connections in the list of people Adelyn has supplied him with. He didn’t fit into any thread. Jack’s theory was falling apart.
He walked in circles of feigned boredom, actually searching for some scrap of information to tie “Zed” into everything else. He wasn’t finding anything and the idea of missing something to bring the case together made him want to trash Zed’s messy worktable; but as he moved to turn away, he noticed a scrawled note on a yellowed pad. “Ax repairs, 6/12, pass to Jr.”
Not quite the smoking gun he’s looking for, but of course, he’ll take any thread if it’ll lead to unraveling what’s going on. More next week, but for now: great reading material to make your Saturday a little speculative.
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, Human XXI, Human XXII.