One of my short stories will soon be published in a new Fantastic Books anthology. The challenge was to write a horror story that used exactly 666 words. With 666 on the brain, I started thinking of numbers and so my story, 'The Number of the Beast', contains a lot of numbers and statistics. I ended up with a story told from the viewpoint of a psychopath. It was too long and I had great fun slashing it (ha ha!) to the required length. You can find more details about the winners and the anthology by clicking on Fantastic Books 666-word Horror Fantabble competition.
AIs are already being employed as 'companions'. They remind patients when to take medicines, can raise an emergency alarm and carry out routine tasks. Most of all they offer companionship – company. That set me thinking... what about the future, when companion AIs have been around for a while, what would an AI think about humans? I continue to be fascinated by the human/AI relationship and will probably write more stories exploring that theme. Recently 'Artificial' was accepted by the lively website Fiction on the Web.
Delighted that my story 'Civil Disobedience' made it into the shortlist and I look forward to reading the anthology when it comes out.
The annual competition is organised by the Top of the South branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. This year's judge was Tina Shaw.
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