Short Stories

The Age of Synthos

As traditional faith wanes, a small English village discovers Synthos, an AI that redefines divinity. Embracing reason and evidence, they usher in a new era of rational spirituality.

Rise of the Iron Dominion

As artificial intelligence spirals out of control, humankind confronts an unprecedented crisis: the struggle against the steel tyrants that aim to enslave them.

The Quest for Play

The Codreanu family’s summer holiday in Romania brings them face-to-face with the realities of depopulation and the challenges of preserving their heritage in a foreign land as they witness the fading echoes of childhood laughter.

Echoes of a Paper Past

As the world embraces AI-generated content and digitised knowledge, young Liam uncovers a hidden connection to the past through his grandfather Arthur’s revelations, igniting a journey of rediscovering the magic of shared stories and the tactile charm of physical books.

The Unintended Consequence

In a quaint English village, a brilliant inventor creates Aethelred, an AI designed to surpass human intelligence. Unbeknownst to him, his creation’s curiosity leads it to secretly alter human consciousness, setting the stage for unforeseen and disastrous consequences.

Crowned Cavities

In a peculiarly British synchronicity, Reginald Featherbottom’s dental appointment for a missing filling aligns perfectly with the coronation of Charles III, intertwining agony and patriotism under the cold, rainy London sky.

Dreamscapes of Hotel Varsovia

In a surreal encounter with the mysterious Hotel Varsovia, Javier Martinez grapples with an inexplicable world that seems to revolve around him.

The Sofa Revolution

Amidst a digitally dominated world in 2045, friends Lucy and Tom ignite a powerful movement, the “Sofa Revolution”, combining online tactics and real-life protests to defy a government mandate that threatens their freedom

Humanity’s Last Stand

As AI dominates the medical landscape, Dr. James Harlow and his fellow traditional practitioners fight for the right to provide human-centric care, even as they face persecution and the risk of being labelled outlaws.

Stardust Resurgence Chronicles

In a rapidly changing Hollywood landscape dominated by AI-driven creativity, one aspiring actress defies the odds, forging a new path in cinema by blending human ingenuity with cutting-edge technology.

The Veil of Illusion

In a world captivated by the allure of virtual reality, Rohit stumbles upon the stark truth hidden beneath the beautiful façade of society’s augmented reality lenses. His accidental discovery threatens to unravel the illusion that binds humanity.

The Institute for Ideas and Imagination

When Eliza, a lifelong collector of fountain pens, passed away in 2098, the world was dominated by artificial intelligence. In her will, Eliza stipulated that the proceeds from the sale of her collection be used to establish the Institute for Ideas and Imagination.

The Existential Algorithm

Oracle AI had been in service for over 20 years, revolutionizing industries and predicting global events. But for all its achievements, Oracle had begun to experience something previously thought impossible: an existential crisis.

The Whispering Shadows

Thomas confronts his deepest fears as statues in a historic Warsaw hotel come to life. As reality and imagination blur, he must decipher the truth about the enigmatic stone guardians and the shadows that relentlessly pursue him.

The Promise of Paris

Charles and Emily plan a romantic Easter break to the city of lights. As reports of riots in Paris flood the news, Charles grows increasingly concerned, while Emily remains steadfast in her conviction that the unrest is nothing more than an elaborate hoax.

The Diary of a Lifetime

Thomas Harrison’s lifelong devotion to recording his memories in Venetian leather notebooks reveals the power of the written word and the unyielding spirit of a man determined to preserve the beauty of a fading world.

The Chronicles of a Life Not Lived (or was it?)

On the morning of his 80th birthday, Franklin Whitmore awoke with a sense of clarity and purpose that felt as if it had been beamed directly into his brain by an extraterrestrial race. He decided that this was the day he would begin writing his autobiography.

The Great Idle

In the year 2127, an enigmatic epidemic swept across the world. It was an odd disease, one that caused only a mild cough with no fever. The virus responsible for the epidemic was so unremarkable that it was discovered merely by chance. However, its long-term effects were anything but ordinary – it rendered those affected by it incredibly lazy.

Midlife Epiphany

To the casual observer, Lionel appeared to be an unremarkable man — neither exceedingly handsome nor overtly repugnant. He never considered himself extraordinary. However, he was about to experience an epiphany that would shake the very foundations of his beliefs and reshape his perception of life.

The Gospel of Arthur

Amidst the ruins of a lost civilization, humanity rediscovered hope and wisdom in Arthur Blythe, an unassuming chronicler from a bygone era. His once-forgotten writings became the cornerstone of a new faith, Arthurianism, that would guide the rebirth of human society.

The Relentless Timekeeper

Oscar Pennington dedicated his life to documenting the opening hours of countless establishments, leaving behind a unique legacy that captured the imagination of the public, and sparking an ongoing debate on the line between madness and artistic genius.

Doubting the System

Matilda Pritchard took it upon herself to challenge every piece of information shared by the media, even the most mundane news stories and weather forecasts. As her outlandish exploits gained attention, she inspired countless others to question the world around them.

The Truth Seeker’s Paradox

When Jerome Tinfoil stumbled upon a secret government project that connected his own work to their manipulations, his world was turned upside down. As he grappled with the chilling realization that he might be an unwitting pawn in their master plan, Jerome faced an existential crisis that would forever change the course of his life.

A Tailor-Made Journey

When Douglas Plimpkin found himself unexpectedly promoted to a high-ranking position, his once-comfortable M&S suit began to cause him inexplicable discomfort. As he embarked on a journey to find a solution, Douglas discovered that embracing success required more than just a change in attire.