Oh boy, to say I almost forgot about day thirteen of the Short Story Advent Calendar would be an understatement.

I’m trying to get everything in order for Christmas break and so reading and reviewing has kind of been on the back burner. Gone are the days where I had read, reviewed, and scheduled the blog post the day before.

DAY 13: 

Secondary Memory by Danielle McLaughlin

First Appeared: The Computer Speaks (July 24, 2017)

Print Length: 7 pages

The Review

There isn’t much to say about this story, given that it was only seven pages in length, but here goes my best shot.

This was a cute ‘what if’ story in which we follow a computer as it travels to get fixed. What I mean by ‘what if’ is what if computers were capable of independent thought, capable of choosing when to delete important files or turn on and off as if possessed by a computer ghost.

I enjoyed hearing about things that a computer could think about. In this case the computer thinks solely of its master, Vicki, and unfolds why it deleted her PhD thesis on how ‘machines are incapable of autonomous thought.’

I didn’t particularly understand the part where the computer jumps from a laptop to an Amstrad 464, is it kind of a play on a past life type deal? I don’t know. All I know is that it was a sad inclusion on McLaughlin’s part, and made me just a little more apprehensive about what I chose to type out on my own computer.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

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