Sunday, June 29, 2014

100-Word Sci-Fi: "Botwatch"

Every week, I write a hundred-word sci-fi story inspired by a random word. This week's word is "swimming."

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by Nigel G. Mitchell

Professor Lazaro Pemberton faced the audience on the beach, and held out his hand to the row of men standing behind him. "A robot lifeguard is the perfect lifeguard. They never get tired, they have telescopic and infrared vision to scan the ocean, can swim at over fifty miles an hour, and can even use their hands as a defibrillator."

He pushed a button. The robots turned and marched into the ocean single-file. One by one, they began to swim, but sank with a popping of sparks.

Pemberton smiled, faintly. "The only problem is we, uh, can't get them wet."

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