Fandom is a vehicle for free speech in this short story.
Siri Appleton is a data analyst for an automated thought police mechanism. She provides technical support for the Intelligence Bureau’s Error 451 Algorithm.
A re-edited classic TV show inspires her to become a culture warrior when she’s assigned to monitor it.
Give me Liberty…
Targeted Age Group:: 18-55
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Ray Bradbury is a genius and Fahrenheit 451 is a classic. I came up with the story when I thought how the concept would be carried out with today's technology.
How is writing Science Fiction different from other genres?
I find I have to keep track of trending news topics to come up with story ideas. I don't write hard science but I want my stories to be plausible with current information. I envy the writers who were true visionaries but I found that most of the classics took their decades technology and social movements for granted. They're still enjoyable even if it has a retro-future feel, so don't feel so intimidated if I can't come up with something that's as visionary.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Siri is a play on Apple's virtual assistant. She does most of her job remotely instead of being an enforcer as the fireman was in Fahrenheit 451.
I've also watched pop culture fandoms. The best ones are both entertaining and though provoking.
While Siri Appleton believed her job at the Intelligence Bureau allowed her to make useful contributions to the greater good, it also taught her to hate her given name.
“No, I don’t want to talk to Siri! I want to talk to a human being,” was the common greeting she got from a certain older demographic.
Not even the sight of her non-CGI face convinced the latest irate complainant she was human, “I am Siri Appleton, the human grievance agent you requested. How may I help you?”
The man’s nostrils flared, “Yeah, right.”
“You are free to use any certified AI ID software to confirm my claim,” she added, keeping her voice neutral by a force of will…
About the Author:
Cathy Smith is a Mohawk writer who lives on a Status Reservation on the Canadian Side of the Border on Turtle Island (North America).
She is proud of her people’s heritage and also has an interest in the myths and legends of other peoples and cultures, and modern fantasy and science fiction, which is often derived from past myths and often acts as myths for modern times.
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