The Robot Lord Scenario (My Novel) - Chapter 1 (Ivan)

I looked out at the deserted nightscape of downtown skyscrapers below me, a warmly glowing stream of data, orange on black, obscuring my view. The motion activated street lights were all dark, and most of the other office buildings were dark as well, hulking monoliths in the slumbering city. Continue reading

The Robot Lord Scenario - Chapter 2 (Mira)

Mira pulled a mildewy t-shirt across her face to keep some of the swirling dust out her nose and mouth as she trudged in the thin sliver of shade before the abandoned storefronts. The California sun was pounding down like a molten hammer onto a filthy anvil. Continue reading

The Robot Lord Scenario - Chapter 3 (Evelyn)

Evelyn Ardenwood stepped out of her car with the aid of Matherson, her head of security. She frowned at the explosion of flashes that went off as she emerged and touched the diamond brooch at her neck. It’s paparazzi countermeasures had always proven effective, but she often found herself wishing that she could use a more visceral deterrent. Continue reading

The Robot Lord Scenario - Chapter 4 (Ivan)

Cyn lead the way as the trio left the Ithildin building, passing from the elevators through the soaring foyer. Bad corporate office art reared above them, aggressive primary colored mediocrity on a grand scale. Security systems scanned them as they departed into the cool night air. Continue reading

The Robot Lord Scenario - Chapter 5 (Mira)

Chapter 4 here. Mira was in her glory. It was a little weird how she couldn’t quite tell her friends the whole story, even when she swapped to a different visor. The hacker boy had somehow put a filter on … Continue reading

The Robot Lord Scenario - Chapter 6 (Evelyn)

Chapter 5 here. Matheson paced back and forth in the waiting room of the private clinic. He didn’t see the beige furniture and mildly narcotic e-ink art as it morphed on the walls. His vision was filled with streaming surveillance … Continue reading

The Robot Lord Scenario - Chapter 7 (Ivan)

Chapter 6 here. Cyn’s car pulled onto Ivan’s block as they prepared to drop him off at home, but the street was blocked with fire trucks and emergency vehicles. “Tell me that isn’t YOUR building on fire,” said Cyn. She … Continue reading

The Robot Lord Scenario - Chapter 8 (Mira)

Chapter 7 here. The tents and shanties of Mira’s camp were huddled together along the sidewalks of a dozen consecutive blocks under the 580 overpass in Oakland. Junk was strewn everywhere: blue plastic tarps, shopping carts, baby carriages, white five … Continue reading

The Robot Lord Scenario - Chapter 9 (Evelyn)

Chapter 8 here. Evelyn was still disembodied, but her ego was slowly recoalescing. She recalled experimenting with psychedelics when she was young, and this felt a lot like a bad trip. Perhaps she had been dosed by someone. Was there … Continue reading

The Robot Lord Scenario - Chapter 10 (Ivan)

Chapter 9 here. Sunlight warmed Ivan’s face and he smelled a diesel scented breeze. He cracked an eyelid open, trying to get his bearings. Oh god. He was on the floor of Cyn’s car in a painfully contorted position and his back was … Continue reading