The people behind the American tech industry blog TechDirt have put together an anthology of stories about the future of work called (appropriately) Working Futures, and I’m excited to have a story in it.
My story, “The Auditor and the Exorcist,” was heavily influenced by the years I spent working remotely for Oracle. It tells a near-future story of working in a world with a social credit system that depends on weak AI. Of course, poor security, hacking, and bugs are all present in the future, too…
Quick summary: Pat is stuck in a soul-deadening job as a social credit auditor. Her thoroughly modern home suddenly shows every sign of being haunted. Pat doesn’t believe in ghosts, but the only thing that seems to restore her home to normalcy is the help of an online exorcist. Is Pat’s house really haunted… or is something more sinister going on?
The book is now available in both ebook and paperback format at Amazon, and if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you can read it for free. Plus, you can repost any of the stories in it (non-commercially): The stories in the anthology are all released under CC license. My story is released as CC-BY-NC-ND, meaning anyone’s free to recopy it non-commercially, but not to re-release it commercially or to remix without permission. to recopy it non-commercially, but not to re-release it commercially or to remix without permission.
UPDATE (2020): You can now read “The Auditor and the Exorcist” for free on my writing website, or download a free EPUB, both released under CC-BY-4.0 . http://nrmroshak.com/the-auditor-and-the-exorcist/
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