Rock breaking open to reveal the gold inside

Fiction by Judy Backhouse

Stories, snippets and samples of my fiction projects

Judy Backhouse

Specification 1: Peon Individual-Human Assistant

Specification: ITU-T:PIHA:H001:2049:Peon Individual-Human Assistant: Hardware elements, high-level overview Working group: Peon core functionality - engineering overview Publication date: 05 March 2049 Notes: This specification replaces PIHA:H001:2047 and is to be read in conjunction with specifications PIHA:H010 to PIHA:H999 which detail the components described herein. Overall…

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Judy Backhouse

Vignette 5: Direct democracy

"Do you want to vote next month?" "Yes Mo, you know I do." "Why?" "Because the health centre matters to me. Because we need the funds, because we are not catching cases early enough to do good preventative interventions." "And to be eligible to vote…

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Judy Backhouse

Vignette 4: Market day

The cock crowed loud and long. His magnificent yellow throat feathers shook as he stretched his head up to its full height, ignoring for the present the strip of cloth that secured his right leg to a battered metal table. It was market day at…

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