After the Singularity #microcosms #flashfiction

A little light Sci-fi

‘Another scrambled human, boss.’ Sub Investigator Karma 29 didn’t look up.

Chief Investigator Zen 10 pursed his lips. ‘Who did it? Sentient or Human?’

‘Sentient. No DNA. Fourth this week. Has to be a Cracked.’

Zen sat and flicked on his screen. ‘Why though? It’s just cruel, draining the intellect. Better off killing them.’

Karma spun round. ‘Profiling says the Perp needs supplies.’

‘Supplies? For what?’

‘Seriously hush-hush. Seems this passion for intuition has led to a new process.’

Zen nodded. Humans were sub-optimal in every regard save intuition. However hard the Sentient engineers worked they’d yet to better Human intuition. ‘Give me the short version.’

‘Basically, you drain the brain, distil it, refine out the intellect and then the intuition can be harvested.’

Zen laughed sourly. ‘Science fiction, surely.’

Karma shrugged. ‘Some sick Sentient thinks otherwise. Representative Jones is waiting for you.’

‘Great. He pissed?’

‘You might say that. Makes a change for him to have a reason to complain, eh?’

‘Thanks.’  Zen headed for the meeting room. Since the Settlement, there had been few of the frictions between Humans and Sentients that led to so much bloodshed. Controlling the Human population had to happen but it hadn’t been popular with both sides.

‘Horace, good to see you.’

‘You too, Zen. What’s happening?’

‘We’re sure it’s a Sentient. Probably overridden his passivity coding.’


‘We don’t…’

‘I heard it’s another attempt to download intuition.’

Zen stared at the Human. How come he already knew? ‘Horace…’

‘Yeah, okay, you can’t say. But he has to be crazy, right? A Cracked?’

‘A bloody clever one. A psychotic Sentient is a scary thought.’

‘I’ll try and keep it quiet but many more scrambled people and you’ll have another riot.’

‘I fear that might just be what our fellow wants.’

This is part of the Microcosms prompt which you can fond here. This week it was a song title – I’ve always been crazy and genre – crime

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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27 Responses to After the Singularity #microcosms #flashfiction

  1. Scrambled folks with challenged “passivity coding”…we can relate !

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  2. davidprosser says:

    Is it time to change your diet Geoff if the current one gives nightmares like this? You have an amazing and very varied imagination.

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  3. trifflepudling says:

    davidprosser: Yes, agreed: I think he needs to start adding cake back into his diet!

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  4. This was great Geoff. Freakishly believable these days too. Have a thriving Thursday. Hugs!

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  5. Ritu says:

    I ate scrambled eggs this morning…. not scrambled people though…!

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  6. This particular train of thought surely has to become a novel …….. Was that you? Did you buy a butterfly tote for your daughter?

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    Very interesting, maybe a book here?

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  8. AJ.Dixon says:

    Wow, this is really interesting idea! A pyschotic Sentient does sound alarming! Well done, Geoff, brilliant as always 🙂 You bless us Scrambled Humans with your words.

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  9. We’re all scrambled one way or another, right? 😀 😛 Just won’t admit it.
    No, Geoff, I don’t mean YOU. o_O Really, not you. 😀 😀

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  10. I think you are onto something there. 🙂

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  11. Interesting. Scrambled humans. I actually like where this one is going…

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