“Moore’s Law” By C. A. Brown (A Cyberpunk Christmas – Short Story #12)

Yes, it's a series of daily festive cyberpunk stories :) Stay tuned for the next one tomorrow at 9:30pm GMT.

Yes, it’s a series of daily festive cyberpunk stories 🙂 Stay tuned for the next one tomorrow at 9:30pm GMT.

Activate internal systems…. Activated.

Check system… Functional ( Error 1F – time until next maintenance: -12d9h. Service needed.)

Time exception. Unexpected activation. Calculating pathway… proceed with standard patrol routine.

Release docking clamps… (Error 1Q- clamps obstructed. Organic matter.)

Issue verbal challenge… (Error 7B – No response)

Issue second verbal challenge… (Error 7B – No response)

Activate light weapons systems… Obstruction cleared. Clamps released.

Activate propulsion drive… Activated. ( Error 1C – Battery below 30%.)

Dock with charging station…. Completed.

Resume patrol routine.

Begin general search pattern. Net data not available (Error 2T – insufficient bandwidth).

Activate pattern recognition systems. Offline human activity 99.4% below previous reading. Consistent with late December average.

Send communication ping…. (Error 6Y – no other active enforcement drones)

Widen search grid. Activate laser scan… New map 2% complete.

Pattern notification – criminal activity in progress.

Lower propulsion drive. Descend 74%. Issue verbal challenge.

Error 7R – verbal response not in database.

Hull damage detected. Calculating pathway… Tactical routine 3

Ascend 65%. Activate light weapons…. (Error 8D – organic matter in light weapon mechanism)

Activate heavy weapons…. Activated. Criminal activity no longer detected.

Resume laser scan…. (Error 6K – map sector data over 40% different to previous scan)

Restart laser scan… New map 1% complete.

Pattern notification – lone human, offline. No criminal activity detected.

Calculating pathway… Seasonal reassurance routine 5

Descend 85%. Play ‘God_Rest_Ye_Merry_Gentlemen.mid’. Volume 75db.

Issue reassuring verbal statement…. Statement issued.

Error 7R – verbal response not in database.

Continue current activity.

Error 7R – verbal response not in database.

Continue current activity.

Error 7R – verbal response not in database.

Light hull damage detected…. Thrown object, low velocity.

Calculating pathway… Previous recorded responses: 100% hostile. Probability of military incursion… 75%. .

Ascend 200 % Activate EMP shielding. Deploy low-level atomic device…. Deploying.

Error 6L – map sector data 100% different to previous scan

Restart laser scan… New map 1% complete.

No criminal activity detected. Idle mode routine 4. Play ‘Silent_night.mid’. Volume 135db.

Issue reassuring statement… statement issued.

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One comment on ““Moore’s Law” By C. A. Brown (A Cyberpunk Christmas – Short Story #12)

  1. […] 12) “Moore’s Law”: I guess that you could say that the narration in this story is a little bit… robotic. […]

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