Last year, a colleague of mine noticed this contest involving a near-future timeline, program source code, and a Vinge-ian flavor, and said ‘you really ought to enter something here. The end result: I did, and my story took the top prize. It will appear later this year as the final chapter in the book Finding Source Code on the Web for Remix and Reuse.

Go read it here.

What is a “private investigator manager”? Well, I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s say that in the future, going into management is considered the only safe career choice for biologicals.

I, the sole author of this story, hereby release it under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-SA 3.0), so go do something cool with it. This story is also the sequel to my not-yet-published story I wrote at Viable Paradise. Also, I’m proud to point out that this story contains XML (specifically mixed content) as a kind of punctuation.

Again thanks to Susan, and the contest judges and participants. I’ll have more to say later…