Upgrades and Limits

Electrons excite me. Perhaps that is why I took so readily to computers. By the age of 13 I had cobbled together my first computer from the odd bits leftover from the old computers of friends and family. The rush of creation and experimentation that I felt that day has never been matched, but my experiments are getting closer to recapturing that glory.

The issue of any computer is that it is always in the process of becoming outdated. There are always limits on what technology can achieve. This is why my work is so important, I figured out that the best way to make a computer that didn’t need to be upgraded, that had few limits, was to harness the processing power of the living human mind. In particular, I harnessed yours.

Peeling back your scalp was the easy part; a circular incision prepared the skin to peel with one swift tug. When the drill met resistance I feared my tools were inadequate for my vision, but that crimson gush of blood and mental ichor provided reassurance. Don’t try to speak on my account, I fear this grey, slithy mound here may have been important for that – necessary even. Each probe and connection slid into place among the raw ridges of your untapped mind with only a hint of disagreement. Judging by your bright, undulating crevasses I suspect you were an extremely intelligent person once.

Excellent, I’d hate to be forced to upgrade again soon.

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9 comments on “Upgrades and Limits
  1. Nice short-but-sweet pasta. The imagery is descriptive enough to induce a cringe, and the horror itself seems pretty original. 8/10

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    255 days ago
  2. Was this by any chance inspired by the Doctor Who Cybermen? It certainly is similar to the way they “upgrade”, but well done on the fairly vivid imagery, it did indeed make me scratch my head and cringe a bit.

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    250 days ago
  3. It was not directly inspired by doctor who, however someone else on a different pasta I wrote asked if I was a Whovian (I am). My best guess is that the show has shaped my sense of horror. This was actually just an attempt to try to write more explicit descriptions, as I tend to prefer very subtle, more physiological and non-gory horror. In retrospect, I see your point.

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    248 days ago
  4. Yo I know you don’t know me but I would appreciate if you looked at my brand new pasta its called the breeze

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    224 days ago
  5. As someone who has experience brain surgery this story was three times as cringe worthy… I keep shuddering…

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    215 days ago
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    210 days ago
  8. Creepybomb, can you provide a link to your story? If you are referring to a story in the Index review queue I will see it eventually, but right now the backlog is around 600 stories. I am not an admin, but I will review it when it comes around. If it is posted elsewhere, then I need a link of some sort to know I have the right story selected.

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    202 days ago
  9. What is this!?

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