DayBreak Magazine 2

January 29, 2010

SHINE excerpts: “Sustainable Development”

Filed under: SHINE excerpts — Tags: — shineanthology @ 11:56 pm

Every first and third Friday of the month there will be two story excerpts from the Shine anthology. This is the fifth one: “Sustainable Development” by Paula R. Stiles:

Normally, selling peanuts in Boubara is a job mothers send their children to do in the marché. As the spider heads up the steps into the bar, I try the usual way of calling a child — crooking my fingers at the robot. “Tsst! Petit! Viens ici!

The robot approaches me. Someone has left a carefully scrawled sign on the tray, “10 CFA par tas — 10 Francs per pile.” Village prices. I pull out a 50 CFA coin for all five tas and toss it onto the tray.

The robot tilts the tray forward until the tas begin to slip. It probably has a weight measurement control inside that calculates the coin.

Prenez tous, grand merci — Take everything, thank you,” it says in a flat, metallic voice. I scoop up the tas and dump them on the dusty cement of the bar. After I empty the tray, the robot hurries off through the empty marché.

Talk about tech dumping. Who got the bright idea to dump intelligent robots in a small African village? My predecessor, that’s who. He got them to help the men grow cash crops. Scooping up my peanuts, I stand and follow it.

Excerpt from “Sustainable Development” by Paula R. Stiles. Copyright © 2010 by Paula R. Stiles.

Picture credits:

Possessing a quixotic fondness for difficult careers, Paula R Stiles has driven ambulances, taught fish farming for the Peace Corps in West Africa and earned a Scottish PhD in medieval history, studying Templars and non-Christians in Spain. She has also sold fiction to Strange Horizons, Writers of the Future, Jim Baen’s Universe, Futures, @outshine and other markets. She is Editor in Chief of the Lovecraft/Mythos ‘zine Innsmouth Free Press. You can find her at: http://www.geocities.com/rpcv.geo/other.html or on Twitter (@thesnowleopard).

*

Buy SHINE at Amazon.com! Buy SHINE at Barnes & Noble! Buy SHINE at Borders!Buy SHINE at Powell's Books!

Buy SHINE at Amazon UK! Buy SHINE at WH Smith! Order SHINE via Goodreads! Buy SHINE at Waterstone's!

Advertisements

2 Comments »

  1. […] link: SHINE excerpts: “Sustainable Development” « DayBreak Magazine 2 Bookmark It Hide Sites $$('div.d2456').each( function(e) { […]

    Pingback by SHINE excerpts: “Sustainable Development” « DayBreak Magazine 2 | sustainable-housing-future — January 30, 2010 @ 1:28 am

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jetse de Vries, Outshine. Outshine said: [Ed] Late (whisky tasting…;-), but not too late: two SHINE excerpts: "Sustainable Development" by Paula R. Stiles – http://is.gd/7jTco and […]

    Pingback by Tweets that mention SHINE excerpts: “Sustainable Development” « DayBreak Magazine 2 -- Topsy.com — February 1, 2010 @ 1:09 am


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: