What is ReWired Tales?
Lots of you still don’t know about the ReWired Tales project, so here’s the quick rundown:
ReWired Tales is a hobby project in which I produce monthly fiction inspired by the pages of Wired magazine. Some stories are shorter than others.
ReWired Tales is not affiliated with Wired magazine. I merely read the magazine, get story ideas, then devise a tale each month as a means of earning writerly experience points. Each story comes in various ebook formats available via various online retailers.
Follow the ReWired Tales tumblr to be notified when and where new stories exist.
The Silent History (at Wired)
I’m just reading about this project now, via Wired, and am, as you might expect, quite curious.
From something I’m editing and rewriting today:
“The place is a 24-hour party booming in the sticky wreckage of the previous day’s party, crowded with dancers, drinkers, and dreamers high on downloaded copies of other people’s greatest trips and sex.”
"I blocked that dude," the person might as well have said, "because he thinks differently than I do. Can’t be bothered to hear from people who don’t already know what I know and think like I think." Then the person took a sip and said, without looking at any of us, "Probably block you next."
As he went, treading along the ground, along the earth, there came with him, opposite him, walking upside down within the earth, on the ground as if it were a ceiling, a damnable beast with no obligation to sense or space or natural order. He was a human, thin and ragged and striding with greasy grace. It was a wolf, thin-legged and bristling with spiky fur, picking its way through the dirt and darkness below, two steps for his every one, clinging to the roof below. They came about together, joined at the shadows, hunting in their fashion, smiling in their fashion, their breath clouding in the cold.
Even the most modern designed infovirus is likely to trigger a bad cold in the vast majority of patients. The old joke is that information is a germ triggering the body’s immune response systems, of course, but the real joke is that the info encapsulated in most over-the-counter virals or meme pills is only loosely fact-checked and often swallowed down like so much kool-aid. The best we can hope for, when taking neovirals, is cognitive dissonance—that we believe what we’ve read in addition to whatever capsule we’ve been prescribed. So be aware that anyone with the sniffles may be walking around with the equivalent of a propaganda pill in their bellies.
E.B. Watson, “The Infoviral Quandary: How Medicine and Ideology Get Prescribed”