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Topic: Write in the SCIENCE FICTION genre (05/10/07)
TITLE: Science-Fictionally Challenged Story
By Leigh MacKelvey
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“I almost think I shouldn’t access the news with my Q15 in the morning. I like to start my day cheerfully and the news is always so depressing.”
“Okay, give it to me; I can take it,” said Male Unit. He said the same thing every morning to Female Unit’s daily complaint about the news. It had become a morning ritual, just like the coffee and toast he inserted into his meal button with needles for his light breakfasts. As he waited for her reply, he eyed her up and thought about how shimmering she looked with her new pouch and boots.
“Well, it seems there’s another Evangelical Unit making slurs about The Industry. He’s calling it a death factory. What an insult.”
“Sheesh. One of those Units pops up every decade or so and tries to stir things up. He might as well save his breath. Roe Vs.Wade was written into the Constitution many, many years ago. Case closed, I’d say.”
“I understand, it’s just that, well, it bothers me. Who was that President who got it pushed through and added to the Constitution? Remember, I think she was the first Female Unit to win the presidential election.”
“Hmmm, it was something like Hildy, uh, Milton, Clinton, …no Sminton, that was it. Back then people were given personal names by Parental Units …kinda hokey, huh?”
“Not at all. Sometimes I think I might have liked to have lived decades ago. I’d enjoy an old-fashioned name. I get everyone’s numbers so confused.”
“I keep telling you, that’s what all those buttons are for on the left side of your head.
You need to take some courses and get savvy when it comes to technology. Everything you need to know is a button away. Just don’t let anyone hit you upside your head, ha ha. Joking aside, I know I wouldn’t want to live in the past. The morals they had, whew-wee And come to think about it, it was President Hildy’s husband who was the forerunner in stamping out monogamy. Yep, Bill Sminton did a number on monogamy. I even think there’s mention of his tireless work toward complete abandonment of such a notion under the “Outdated Morals” section of your Q15 device. Look it up Yes sir, I’m indebted to that old geezer. Sticking to one Female Unit for my entire life? I’ll say it again ... whew-wee
“Um hum,” said Female Unit. “Okay, enough chatter, I have to get to work. My job at the Command Center is waiting. Or should I say the ‘death factory’? Pu—lease”
“Oh, while we’re talking about the olden days, do you remember what the Command Center used to be called back in the day? Planned Parenthood. It was somewhat controversial at that time.”
“Really? I can’t imagine anything that would have been controversial about it. What would we do without the Command Center now-a-days? The Industry we live in would be full of people with diseases like cancer and Parkinson Disease…and how would we be assured of being given perfectly formed and healthy Child Units in exchange for our fetus donations? Our Child Unit clones are such a blessing to us, aren’t they, dear?”
“Absolutely. I was going to wait until a more romantic opportunity, but since we’re on the subject….”
“Oh, I hope you’re thinking on the same planet I am Were you going to suggest that we
“Sweetheart, I think we should make another fetus donation and receive another Child Unit from the Command Center. If you don’t want to, I can always ask someone else to do this with me. Any Female Unit will do, but I’d love for it to be you.”
“You know I will, dear. I’ll mention our future donation at work and I’m sure they’ll let me leave early tonight. We’ll have a romantic dinner. Oh, and pop that bottle of Champagne and get the needle all set up for insertion. When I get home, I’ll change into my shimmering ‘more comfortable’ clothing.
With that, Female Unit 1356 pushed her button for “Job Travel” and found herself somewhere
in Nebraska. Male Unit Y895 sighed and said, “I told her to take some courses.”
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