by Joshua D Evans
‘The noticed android walks past a wondering chamber.’
Mike read the line over again a second time.
“What the fuck kind of a start to a novel is that?” Mike demanded of the book. The book didn’t respond to his belligerence. “Of course you’re going to notice an android, you can’t take five steps without seeing one.”
Mike wanted to throw the book across the room. Fortunately he didn’t want to break his KinDroid Maxx in the process so it remained firmly in his hands.
“You just don’t get it, do you?” Ben said from across the room without looking up from his own Maxx. Then he proceeded to explain exactly what it meant.
“The story is about the existential conflict between man and machine, that desire to remain unchanged while you embrace the technology advancements that are all around you. Plus it’s an excellent coming of age story.”
“Are you serious?” Mike said. “Another fucking coming of age story? I’m 35, can’t I just read about sex?”
“Well, there is always porn.”
“I don’t want to read a bunch of slash fanfic, Ben.”
Ben shrugged his shoulders without looking up.
“Just giving you your options Mike. Try and read it, I think you’ll like it.”
“Wait, so what is a wondering chamber?”
“Like a holodeck from Star Trek.”
“So this book is about sex after all?”
Ben looked up from his book this time. “What do you mean?”
“Everyone knows if you had technology like a holodeck, all it would be used for is sex.”
“No, there’s really no sex. It’s a reversal really, the android is coming of age, trying to find his place in a human dominated society. The android has no desire or need for sex.”
“I don’t know Ben, sounds pretty cheesy.”
“No really, it’s fantastic. The best part is that the story was randomly generated by a computer program.”
“You can’t be serious. A computer managed to create a coherent novel from randomly generated text?”
“Mostly coherent anyway. The imagery and hidden meaning in the story really shine through. There is already talks of Hollywood making it into a movie.”
“That’s ridiculous,” Mike said. He set the KinDroid Maxx down on the table and headed over to his computer.
“What are you doing?” Ben asked.
“I’m becoming an author. I can string together better narrative than some random program.”