I’m into colons this week, by the way. The punctuation variety, of course. My colon-laden offering this week is 147 words.
The catch: Sentient 350s are “choice-makers,” programmed to believe that they are human.
The goal: To design a droid who is able to win the game by making the best choices to achieve a life on Edenne, a small island in the Caribbean. Droids that lose are destroyed.
The problem: Daniel has just found out what he is. As if that weren’t bad enough, he can’t let his programmer, Zeus5, know what he knows…which is that each choice he makes—no matter how small—will result in certain preprogrammed outcomes which may lead him to paradise…or death. So Daniel must make every choice very, very carefully.
The paradox: Daniel wouldn’t even choose to live on Edenne.
The bottom line: It’s better than being a dead droid.
I dreamed this one the other night, by the way. It was a pretty creepy nightmare, let me tell you. I was the one who found out that my life had been programmed for sport by some unknown gods. Each choice I made triggered a predetermined outcome that I actually saw on a holographic computer screen because I had a fever and it somehow messed with the program. For example, I’d walk into a room and see a book sitting on a table, and then this would flash on the screen:
Option A: subject thumbs through book...Outcome A: subject gets option to join garden club.
Weird...yet lots of fun to think about. (Outcome B: subject gets Book Blurb Friday idea.)