Survival

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Robert watched the family walk down the hall and out of sight. They had dodged another bullet; his supervisor would be pleased.

He closed the door and sat in the still-warm seat at the terminal. The blinking cursor depressed him deeply. It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

From all indications, the software was flawless, but every time someone was transferred in, the same thing happened. A huge spike in activity, over in nanoseconds, and then nothing. The coders were stumped. Diagnostics showed that the neural maps were being converted perfectly. The problem had to be elsewhere.

The base psychiatrists speculated that the subjects were effectively committing suicide. Simultaneous access to a lifetime’s worth of memories, lack of companionship, lack of sensory input…there were plenty of reasons to reject digital immortality.

Everyone was told that the glitch would be worked through in time. Until then, do whatever is necessary to keep the subjects’ families from suspecting anything.

You gotta stay funded.

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  1. Avatar halfpenny

    Thanks for the comment. I went back and forth on the last line…left it in, took it out, used it as the title, and ended up leaving it. I really just wanted to get a first story posted, so there it is.

    And I’m excited that someone actually decided to write a sequel…off to read it now.

  2. Avatar jesteram

    “…there were plenty of reasons to reject digital immortality.” I’ll bet.

    I’m interested to find out what this company’s doing to fleece its client families.

    The slanginess of the last line seemed jarring for a second, but I liked it the more I thought about it. The lack of professionalism in that statement reflects the shenanigans going.

  3. Avatar jesteram

    On.

  4. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Nice job imaging a future-tech and then going the next step to imagine a very real, human reaction to it.

  5. Avatar falconesse

    I think the last line fits nicely — it brings things back around to the voice of the first two paragraphs. Well done!

  6. Avatar futurist

    This story is right up my alley. Bravo.

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