Fiction, Writing

New story: “Algorithms and Lies”

July 29, 2022

Do Not Trust Robots.

My latest story, “Algorithms and Lies,” has just been published by The Fictional Cafe. It’s the cautionary tale of Mick Sanford, an old-school crime writer bedeviled by a new breed of editor, a bot named Max with boundless artificial intelligence.

Contemptuous of her and the modern world in general, Mick tries to bluff and bluster his way to publication. But he ends up as the villain in a story he never meant to write, one that could have been scripted in “2001: A Space Odyssey” – or in the Twilight Zone.

I don’t want to be a spoiler, but if you’re a fan of classic science fiction, it’s fair to say that like HAL 9000, Max blows Isaac Asimov’s laws of robotics to smithereens. I hope you like it. Check out the other great writing in The Fictional Cafe too.

2 thoughts on “New story: “Algorithms and Lies””

  1. I feel the AI character Max would not get emotional and glare, etc., when talking to Mick. Max is a robot after all. Feeling emotions was Data’s big desire. Could you work the human editor into Max’s reactions and have emotions come from her?

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    1. Not all bots are programmed to lack emotion. Marvin in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” was depressed all the time (and a royal PITA about it). And an editor bot who can’t get mad at writers couldn’t do her job!


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