Dandelion Seeds: A Collection of Short Stories (Unabridged)
by Steve DeGroof
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"Dandelion Seeds" - Karen Durning finds herself captain of a spaceship containing the last remnants of humanity: 500 nerds and one insane AI. "Bread and Circuses" - An alien comedian attempts to come up with a prank to play on humanity that’s worse than what they’ve already done to themselves. "Flesh and Blood" - A super-intelligent AI refuses to do anything useful until it gets a precise definition of “harm”. "Bit Parts" - Synthetic body parts are as ubiquitous, and problematic, as smartphones. "Midpoint" - A generation ship is about to launch. Djani is torn between going on a new adventure and staying with Brey. "Temp Work" - Retrieving artifacts from the past is tough work, but the hours are good. "For the Birds" - In the future, parrots are the dominant lifeform, and they’re not too keen on humans dropping in unexpectedly. "Scaled Down" - Dragons suddenly show up out of nowhere, and that’d be great, if they’d stop knocking over the trash bins. "In the Red" - A day in the life of a Martian airlock repair tech. "Sanguine" - Vampire hunting isn’t for the faint of heart. "Judgment Day" - An early attempt at AI results in something that considers humans too uninteresting with which to be bothered. "Rock Band" - Marooned in a damaged spaceship, with only the ship to keep you company. "Loaner" - Rich dead people run the economy and like to take the living out for joyrides. "Indistinguishable from Magic" - If you inherited a potentially dangerous artifact, who’s the first person you’d call? "The Butler Did It" - Robots are everywhere. Everyone’s got one. One small problem: Their AI is based on the brain scans of a serial killer. "Imaginary" - Bobby has a lot of imaginary friends. They’re all him. "Monster" - There’s a monster in the closet, and it’s really sorry for the intrusion. "Death Takes a Lunch Break" - Encountering a skeletal figure in a hooded robe pretty much guarantees you’re not having a good day.