Savyolovskaya Station

Lights coming up, one by one

Photo by Alexandr Bormotin on Unsplash

PROMPT: The world was all still, together in their homes
No one was lonely, except for robot 5-Komb
He'd hardly recharged, his sleep mode wouldn't activate
From all the silence, and the frozen precipitate

At the end, before he could close his eyes, a gray random mosaic

Discolored with black, dying eyes,

The space sequence music floated in his mind: the harmonics of metal and stone

Heavy, heavy, heavy, the game bird of the cassette

He rubbed his eyes, yanked his head from the pillow, and stared at the ghostly bolt-hole pattern of the screen that had been designed to approximate the location of the train. With practiced skill, he applied his vision to the vicinity of the screen, but still the geometry of the field remained, a cryptic spatial trap only a few feet above his shoulder. With his eyes, he didn’t see the lining, but he could feel it, an elusive tension, a field physicist’s dream, and he knew it was only a fool’s game, an elaborate, absurd experiment, designed to share the bulk of reality with the wall it inhabited, a track he could follow through the nice laboratory in Savyolovskaya.

But the few seconds that his eyes were vising the screen were ten seconds in the past, while the ragged dots of destruction still hid there. He could see the breakers flaring, the relays glowing, other instruments abandoned. Now he seemed to hear a distant sizzle of static, the click of an auto-switch.


Editor’s Notes

Written by AI, this text was taken from text generated from my cyberpunk model, and using my “multi-temp” script, that goes from 0.8 to 1.3 temperature settings, iterating by 0.10 and generating 20 or so texts per temperature setting before raising the temp. That gave me a good sampling of what temperature makes what types of text from the prompt I’ve given it. I checked each line of this for overfit against my text corpus the model was built on, and it always surprises me when it has no matches with output like this.


The same 5-Komb robot prompt I wrote for “The Earth Was Real”


Removed a chapter heading it generated in the middle of the text. Changed a proper noun place to a location in Russia related to the metro station photo I chose, “Savyolovskaya”. Added some line formatting. Removed a redundant comma. Added a line break to preserve the extra space it generated.

GPT-2 Settings
  "return_as_list": true,
  "length": 300,
  "top_k": 80,
  "top_p": 0.9,
  "truncate": "<|endoftext|>",
  "nsamples": 3,
  "batch_size": 1,
  "run_name": "model-cyberpunk-run1",
  "prefix": "\nThe world was all still, together in their homes\nNo one was lonely, except for robot 5-Komb\nHe'd hardly recharged, his sleep mode wouldn't activate\nFrom all the silence, and the frozen precipitate\n",
  "temperature": 0.9999999999999999