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About Noah Maher
It's rumored that Noah Maher is a scientist, an engineer, and a sailor, but some might say perhaps not a real one. You see, that sort of thing really depends on what you call science, engineering, or sailing for that matter. And so, rather than worrying about what others imagine he is, Noah instead prefers to write about what he imagines is not (but might have been or could someday be). And that’s why he writes speculative fiction, and hopes you might enjoy his particular kind of stories.
For more, including news of upcoming projects and other writings, please feel free to visit his website at: www.noahmaher.com
Titles By Noah Maher
This debut collection of short stories prompts some truly lighthearted, and some decidedly dark, questions about our relationships with technology and each other. These questions include:
“If you could choose your own reality? Would it be worth the price?”
“Would the devil make a good immigration officer? Did Dante mean to describe him not as being frozen, but simply in ICE? Can a pun in a blurb be bad enough to prompt damnation?”
“What's the best way to save the rain forest if you have some giant robots lying around?”
and, "Should there ever be a Supreme Court justice made of Lego?"
To ponder such questions and more, and perhaps even answer a few of them, please read on.
A satirical, tech-focused, yet eminently realizable, vision of world where justice is achieved by the most surprisingly ethical means possible ... a corrupt game. In this fictional account of a day in the life of a tireless public servant, working day and night to realize his dream of a nation free of foreigners, we are introduced to the future of anti-corruption technology, and it is delightfully profitable. Who knew casual gaming, social influence campaigns, and two of the ugliest immortal vices, could lead to a more thoughtful and careful (if not necessarily more virtuous or caring) form of government.
In the right combination, crowd-funding, targeted gamification, and social media influence campaigns, the poster-children of morally ambiguous tech today, offer a fun morality tale. Read on to see how technology employed to exploit the masses today, can be restructured to backfire spectacularly on the worst of us tomorrow. A fun-yet-plausible fantasy of delicious comeuppance or techno-social horror (depending on your perspective), mutiny is positively encouraged with this "Bounty."
This short story may be fiction, but some have said it reads less like a story, and more like a demonic tech-savvy, and disturbingly plausible, business plan. Please buy a copy to help support the author, and keep him from realizing this demented money-making scheme. But if you would prefer to read this story for free, it should soon be available as a web-based preview (at NoahMaher.com) for Noah's upcoming story collection (expected release on Kindle in mid-August, and including at least nine other stories).