Fall Back to Zero

You earned atom bombs in your hands

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PROMPT: Spring forward, fall back

“Spring forward, fall back to zero. You lost the Agilium clan. You lost your American services. You lost your sight, you got a body of work that was too scarce. You earned atom bombs in your hands. You left something behind that could be used to hurt others if a mind was to be used.”

Colette rubbed her skin smartly.

“It sounds like an economics lesson. But I refuse to accept it. I’ve seen too much defenseless crap in my time as a warder.” She paused.

“I’ve heard about you, Dr. Andersen. And also your mysterious so-called rebel friends. It sounds like they’re plotting to take your head off. Just for fun.”

“Oh,” Andersen said. He smiled briefly.

“Did you hear theischer sudden, Dr. Andersen? The star who broke out of North Africa and disappeared into the jungle. It was terrible, rumbling, unbelievable. And the Agilium people—you saw their quickly. It didn’t last, but it left an impression of horror.” Andersen shrugged.

“A charge of panic. Very different from your usual feeling, I’d say.” He looked at Colette with frank concern.

“Does this make sense if you’re Agilium, though? Suddenly, the company that sued us for the information against us becomes a state government? A brutal state. I’m amazed at how many like us get away.” Colette had grown used to Andersen’s airsick ravagenes. She found it mildly irritating—the Andersen was actually buying the ball off the bUD.

“Sure,” Colette said. “I know a guy back in San Diego—selling pre-Overconfessional teddy bears to the Vietnam war veterans. Andersen, despite his misgivings about the whole idea of serving stuffed animals, at least paid for his rent for a month! And if he should die, well, who then? You’ve got billions of friends and associates who’re supposed to serve the country—a world of big banks, safe zones, and immigration control.… You know how there are things out there that aren’t supposed to hurt anyone?”


Editor’s Notes

Written by AI, using my multi-temp script, and using my cyberpunk fiction model, which is a fine-tuning of gpt-2 774M. Chosen from among the other recently generated stories by me, a human.


“Spring forward, fall back”

Came from a list of common phrases and idioms I collected from the internet, see details here.


Added paragraph breaks for formatting. Replaced two prostitution descriptions with a harmless one. Replaced all character and business names with new randomly generated ones.


Title was human-derived by me from the generated text

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GPT-2 Settings
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  "temperature": 1.0,
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