Science Fiction flash fiction micro fiction

Peripheral #13

By Hal Y. Zhang
Mar 22, 2019 · 100 words · 1 minute


From the author: Are you oriented? A tiny simulated story.


Are you oriented? Good. Go left—not that much—good, forward, grab the gun. Yes, it doesn’t quite look like one. Careful with the claw. Click the trigger twice. That’s it.

By the time they find this you will be long gone from the sim, and we were never there, so this is legally not a crime in several sectors. Don’t you love diffused responsibility? And the detectives aren’t that smart; they’ll probably think the robot’s gone rogue.

Mind your head as you exit the sim—there may be disorientation. Thank you for your participation, and we look forward to commanding you again.

This story originally appeared in Martian Magazine.


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Hal Y. Zhang

Hal Y. Zhang writes science, fiction, and science fiction, in no particular order.