Child’s Play

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. 

I have also started sharing Young Gods, a YA wip about its namesake.


Today I’m sharing more of Human. Last time we met Jack was waiting on Adelyn to explain her unannounced visit.


She seemed to be humming a low frequency pitch, like the buzz of starting or dying CRT TV. Jack pulled on his earlobe, smirking at the faint memory of the TVs, even as the fact that the woman in front of her was making it chilled him. He wasn’t sure if she knew she was doing it, but he didn’t want to point out anything else embarrassing just yet. Plus, he knew he may be getting the point where sounding like an ass was dangerous.

“You want to explain what’s going on, Adelyn?”

She set the cup down and folded her hands on the counter, looking directly into his eyes. “I’m not just researching humanity. I am the research for humanity. My very existence is research. I know many androids are human-like, but I am…as human as they come. To some degree, it is programming. But it is encoding that is so fine, so intricate that it has simply become me. DNA is child’s play in comparison.”


That all sounds very…vague and mysterious. ;)

And–if you’ve never tried out SFFSAT, you SHOULD. Because the contirbutors are awesome and supportive and great for bouncing ideas off of! And also–I’ll enter you into a drawing to win free books by the OGs of SFFSAT.

Until next time: more snippets.



10 thoughts on “Child’s Play

    1. Thanks, Peter. I’m a big fan of tech/pop culture references to kind of frame the people I make up, and Jack would have known o the cathode ray tube TVs, so glad it worked!

  1. Wow! This one is just full of classic lines – “getting to the point where sounding like an ass is dangerous” – that’s just awesome. “I am the research” – that explains a lot about Adelyn but raises some serious questions too. “DNA is childs play in comparison” – I love it! – DNA’s got nothing on me – what a line laced with implications – fascinating reading – as always!!!

  2. If ever there was a creature so compelling and engaging while being so chilling and frightening on a primal level, it’s Adelyne. You’ve made her such a delightful enigma. Hurry up and finish HUMAN so I can buy it!!

    1. It is in the pipeline–completed, but afloat. Ya know. But your enjoyment (and outrageously nice compliments) definitely light a fire under me. Thank you so much, JC.

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