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Barry Westphal Crashes the Singularity by James Patrick Kelly
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Recommended for: Anyone that enjoys flash fiction—actually everyone should give it a listen.
Read on May 25, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 11


This is the best flash fiction audiobook I have ever listened to!


Also, The best thing about this is that the story is free!
It is part of the Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0

So, what that means is: you have no excuse not to listen to it! :)
go right ahead my friends, here it is: http://archive.org/details/Free_Reads...

James Patrick Kelly always does a special prologue and epilogue for the Audible versions only of his stories; and I really enjoyed the prologue for it. Especially the first part of it. And it goes a little something like this:
"You may have heard that futurist like Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzwell have predicted that there will be techno cultural singularity in our lifetime, according to them: asking what will people in the future be like is the wrong question, the right question is what will come after people? We are busy creating artificial intelligences, but how do we know they won't become smarter or at least more interconnected than we are?"
— Great stuff!

UPDATE 1.0:
"In the name of the Holy Coffee and the Blessed Shot of Cuervo, amen." Barry Westphall waves the sign of the cross over the steaming cup, then sips. It is his third refill."
— What a great first liner, haha!

UPDATE 1.1:
If you feel like reading it instead: Here is the site that has the original text for it. It is on the Infinite Matrix site.
http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories...
Or if you are like me and love reading along while listening to the audiobook. The voices in the audiobooks are usually better than the ones I create in my mind. Especially with J.P. Kelly narrating it, he does a superb job, and I am so glad I did both. It help me understand the story much better as well.
Even though it was such a short story!

I highly recommend it that way!

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Kelly Maybedog Thanks for directing me to a free copy!


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