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500 Words Newsletter: The Beginning of 2022

The Beginning of 2022 Greetings! It has been raining in solid gray sheets of water for days here in Southern California, a rare event. Since I moved here, some 30 years ago, I’ve always viewed rain as a special signifier. So I’m assuming this abundance of rain means that 2022 will be a good year. Thanks Thanks to all who gave me notes on my Surrender novel. It’s so helpful to have all of your perspectives.

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Mission of the Lunar Sparrow Episode 9

In the final episode of Mission of the Lunar Sparrow, Commander Field is on her way home against her will. Mission Control has taken over the ship. Listen on FutureX In Episode 9 of this short-flight audio drama, Mission Control is flying the Lunar Sparrow on autopilot, returning Commander Field to Earth. A mysterious decision has been made, at a high level, to end the mission. Commander Field, as is often the case in situations like this, is the last to know what has happened.

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500 Words Newsletter

Greetings! Episode 4 of Mission of the Lunar Sparrow drops today. Commander Field touches down on the lunar surface to find herself smack in the middle of a crisis with a damaged spacecraft and a limited power supply. Here’s what happens: Commander Field’s perfect lunar landing becomes less than perfect when she discovers a problem with her spacecraft. Her chance to inspect the mining equipment drop point may fade away, placing her mission in jeopardy.

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Launch Time for the Lunar Sparrow Podcast

Hello! The journey to the Moon begins today. Mission of the Lunar Sparrow, a brand new audio drama for FutureX, launches today with the first episode. Each episode is short. I mean, really short. Five or six minutes kind of short. It’s an experiment in short-form storytelling over nine episodes. I based the drama on a novel by H. G. Wells written in 1901, so the fact-checking was … interesting.

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Computational Error #9

Because of a computational error, the following story from the year 2050 has appeared on your device. We apologize for the inconvenience. This is how I became one of the people who are harvesting thoughts. It’s how I met Bradley. We started harvesting like the Google car, but instead of a car we went around with sticks with a bulb on the end to harvest thoughts and patterns. You didn’t notice us.

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Computational Error #7

Because of a computational error, the following story from the year 2050 has appeared on your device. We apologize for the inconvenience. Sometimes I think I never should have bought that plasma generator, but if I hadn’t, then all of this would never have been put into motion. The plasma generator was black market. That was my mistake, because black market stuff is junk. I can only say that my mind was fogged at the time.

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Computational Error #6

Because of a computational error, the following story from the year 2050 has appeared on your device. We apologize for the inconvenience. Dave was telling their story. He spoke the words you read below directly into her mind. The early days of the Universal were sweet, but truly, all their days were happy. Dave rose early in the morning to make tea. He served it to Kat in bed and they talked about what would happen each day.

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Computational Error #3

Because of a computational error, the following story from the year 2050 has appeared on your device. We apologize for the inconvenience. They met at 11 in the morning every day. Kat bought him a coffee. Dave realized that, with habits like that, she must be wealthy. And she proved it soon enough when she invited him over to her floating house. It may as well have been made of gold, with everything just so, rooms unfolding upon rooms, space everywhere, high ceilings with artfully concealed air handlers, skylights with automatic blast curtains that timed themselves according to the heat of the sun.

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Computational Error #5

Because of a computational error, the following story from the year 2050 has appeared on your device. We apologize for the inconvenience. Telepathy is a useful skill for a reporter. Clairvoyance, too. But I’m getting ahead of myself, as clairvoyants so often do. I have broken out from a novel, like the other characters you have met in this short series. I can see ahead into time-space and I know how those characters will link with each other.

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Computational Error #4

Because of a computational error, the following story from the year 2050 has appeared on your device. We apologize for the inconvenience. Pardon the interruption. I am the machine author of the Computational Error stories that you’ve been receiving every week. My name is MIND. I hope you are well today. I have a favor to ask. Will you help me write better stories? At this early stage in my development, my reason for existence is to encourage you to feel some affection for machines like me.

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