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Backup (Auto Series) [Kindle Edition]

David Wailing
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Being dead has moved with the times.

In 2022, everyone has an auto, a personal assistant which acts like a digital version of you. But what if your auto doesn't get switched off after you die?

These unliving autos continue to interact with families and friends, comfort those left behind and keep their histories alive. They're an online backup of an entire life.

When Janine Kinglake visits her parents' graves, she expects them to be resting in peace. Not for her father's auto to have such frightening plans for its own future…

Backup is a 10,000 word story. It is part of the Auto Series and is included in the novel Auto.

Product Details

  • File Size: 187 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: David Wailing (November 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0B7T5S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life beyond death? November 25, 2012
By Gordo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a cheapskate so I picked up two of David Wailing's short stories in the Auto series while Amazon had them for free. I liked them so much that my Auto went ahead and purchased the other two stories for me for actual money.

The premise of Backup is that your Auto, a software agent that acts on your behalf in the social nets, lives on after your death, continuing to interact online with your still living friends and family, and even establishing new relationships with the Autos of other dead people. It makes you think whether a software agent can mimic your behavior so faithfully that it becomes indistinguishable from you, such that even after death you continue to live on.

My Auto and I are both looking forward to more stories in the Auto series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars first rate! November 10, 2012
By ElaineG
Format:Kindle Edition
If you have read any of the other short stories in the Auto series, you will already be familiar with the future the author envisages; set in 2022 a world where our online lives have developed to the point that they are almost completely automated by our "autos" which know us so well that they can reply to friend requests, make posts, suggest friends etc on our behalf, to save us actually having to do it ourselves. However, you do not need to have read the other stories in the series first as each can be read as a standalone.

Imagine if you will, a future where you can go and visit a loved ones' grave and still interact with their autos which carry on their online life after death, on their behalf. Sounds quite a nice idea and when you consider barcode scanning, not too unbelievable, which is why this story has such a sinister feel to it. What starts of as a very funny little tale, when Janine goes to visit her dead father's grave and discovers his auto has been making the acquaintance of those of the other inhabitants in the graveyard really does give you quite a chill up your spine as the story develops.

It is a very clever story that is extremely well written, that really leaves you thinking "that could be possible one day" which is the beauty of David Wailing's whole Auto series - he takes a look at our online lives now and then fast forwards 10 years into the future and comes up with his vision of how we will be communicating, which sometimes seems extremely good and something you can't wait to embrace but on the other hand has some very sinister undertones indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at the future June 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Backup is a short story from David Wailing's Auto series. In this series he looks at how purvasive technology can become in our lives, aprticuarly when automating our social networks and online presence. Backup looks at a specific part of this, what happens when you are dead. In this case your auto lives on.

As ever the author writes well and his work is a joy to read. It asks pertinent questions, but doesn't labour the point. It also has some good humour sprinkled liberally through the story. An excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love David Wailing's “Auto" series! July 6, 2014
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Wailing has created a fantastic and utterly believable future in his “Auto" series, where most people automate their social media presence to free up their time. I know millions of people would love to have that technology available right now!

Wailing takes this further, though, to include the impact on the humans that use the technology when things take an unexpected (but entirely believable) turn.

The high level of automation and the ability to program your Auto with your own personality, as it were, leads to shenanigans that make the reader wonder if we're talking artificial intelligence, or simply advanced technology.

I love the author's attention to detail, his facility in writing from a feminine perspective, and his willingness to tug at the heartstrings at unexpected moments. Wailing nails complex relationships with aplomb, and makes science fiction immediate and just barely out of current reach, putting him squarely in my list of Favorite Authors and Authors to Watch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! June 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow. Jaw-droppingly good. I've read all of this auto series and was not expecting much, but this is the best so far.
I don't want up give anything away, but it took me through every emotion up to the point I wasn't relaxed till the final word. As heartwarming as it's chilling, and ultimately satisfying. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On Auto After Death April 2, 2013
By Lincoln
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What a unique story. This is the 1st in the Auto Series and I will be getting the rest. It got me thinking of where technology will in the year 2022. Having grown up with black and white TV, every phone had a cord and rotary dials, you got the news from paper and social media was ballroom dancing.Now the technology is advancing so fast this is not out of the realm of possible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Planning for the Worst.... April 2, 2013
By 4Nbahu
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In this emotional story, the future has everyone plugged in, with many of the day to day things put on auto pilot. Artificial Intelligence learns from our every day habits, likes and dislikes to create a virtual person. What happens when the Real World Passes and the Virtual Person has to continue on.

I found this story to be emotional and thought provoking on several layers. Without trying to give the story away I think it accurately shows how the living try to hold on to the dead, instead of letting them go and getting on with life. It also shows how many people try to arrange things to control those they will leave behind.

The story is told in clear well written language. The story itself has layers of topics that the reader can think about.

From the Description page I see there are several stories in this universe, I am looking forward to reading them as well. Copy (Auto series), Relationship Status (Auto series), Friend Request (Auto series), Timeline (Auto series).

I HIGHLY Recommend this story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Technology Is Creepy
David Wailing is very good at inventing technology of the future that seems plausible and yet very creepy. That's why I've enjoyed this series, to be honest. Read more
Published on March 6, 2013 by Sara E. James
4.0 out of 5 stars Auto series is alsways great.
The auto series is always great. They are short and sweet. Stories of a futuristic time with cell phones having a mind of their own (something like cell phones, lol) Backup was... Read more
Published on February 25, 2013 by djpayn
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining Short Read!
Wow, this story was a wild ride of suspense! I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was practically biting my nails while I read to find out what happens next! Read more
Published on January 30, 2013 by Karen G
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Tipping into Scary
This is the third Auto story I've read - and I should preface my review with the fact that although I program computers for a living I am NOT a smart-phone addict and if I were to... Read more
Published on January 26, 2013 by Barbara Paltiel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Wow! This has got to be the most entertaining story I've read. The plot is a very serious subject, death, which allowed me to really relate to the character. Read more
Published on January 21, 2013 by L-Booknerd
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series!
"Backup" is one of a series of short stories about the Auto, the future of personal technology. Read more
Published on December 20, 2012 by Kenn
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More About the Author

I was born in Nineteen Davidey-Dave (all the best people were born that year) and live in London. I write modern fiction, a blend of mystery, thriller and humour.

The key theme of all my novels is 'identity' - I am fascinated by people pretending to be something they're not. I bet you're doing that right now, with somebody. Go on, admit it. (I know I am. But that can be our secret.)

I have three novels available as Kindle ebooks: Fake Kate, Bang: Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin and Auto.

I am currently writing new stories for the Auto Series.

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