Announcing Free eBook: PremiumExistenceTM

Hey all, Book View Cafe is offering a free ebook of my PremiumExistenceTM short story. It’s a highly satirical piece. Think Onion, Mad Magazine, National Lampoon, that sort of thing. Help yourself for a limited time. I think it’s going into paid mode in September.

If you prefer, it’s free at Smashwords too.

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The Supreme Court Giveth and the Supreme Court Taketh Away

With the Singularity fast approaching, it will soon be difficult to define what it is to be human. In Vonda N. McIntyre’s wicked satire piece, The Supreme Court Defines Personhood, we can see some of the difficulties already. Although this piece was written to protest the Supreme Court’s allowing Corporations protection under the Constitution, I think it’s a good item for Singularity Watch because you can see how confusing the world of the posthumanist is going to be. This bit of political absurdism is right on time, funny as hell, and reminiscent of the best of Mad Magazine. I hope she can maintain her sense of humor when all this comes upon us.

This short story is available as an ebook from Book View Cafe, but let me give you some of the finer points.

“Organic beings are redefined as unpersons.” That would be us.

“The Perfect Union must now be administered as a profit-making organization (Amendment 28 to the Constitution of the United States of America, “National Profitability”). Corporations are the only entities with sufficient financial resources to function as persons and citizens.” Yup. The business of America is finally legally business. And it turns out that because biological entities cannot contribute to the profitability of the US, they “are now relieved of citizenship.” Thank god we are now relieved of that burden.

Programs benefitting organic entities are required to demonstrate profitability. Most such programs are just a “drain on the resources” so they’re basically just deep-sixed. However programs to defend ova, sperm, and embryos are protected under Amendment 29 of the Constitution.” You know that one. That’s the one called “Personhood of Gametes.”

Governance for all the new shit is with “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Guns, Explosives and Pregnancy.”

The Corporation of Incarceration (handles prison construction, maintenance, etc.) is now the richest person in the country. And profits will continue as more and more unpersons are incarcerated because they are no longer part of the system.

And to make sure the kingdom stayes intact, Corporations “sponsor” justices of the supreme court. Oh, and by the way, Shexmoil retains sole sponsorship of the Chief Justice. As is fitting for a person of such stature.

Read the whole thing and weep. Or die laughing.

Sue Lange
Sue Lange is a member of Book View Cafe

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"Uncategorized" Now at Smashwords

This just in:

Uncategorized is now available at Smashwords.
Formats available include mobi, pdf, epub, rtf, doc, pdb, lrf, plain text, html, and javasciript.

Here’s the blurb:

“In this thought-provoking collection, progressive sci-fi author Sue Lange takes advantage of new multi-media tools that technology affords the modern reader. She grabs the reader with an ‘audio download’ and segues into her eclectic set of short stories with the aggressive delivery of a beat poet and the timing of a stand-up comedian.”

Go get yourself a membership and an armload full of ebooks.

And by the way, there’s still a couple of days left to win a free copy of “Uncategorized” from sfsignal.

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Uncategorized at Kindle Nation with Freebie

Hey, I’ve been really busy with the release of my ebook Uncategorized. Hopefully I’ll be back with some regular ranting in a couple of weeks when the excitement dies down.

Meantime you can get a sampling of Uncategorized at Kindle Nation which is currently spotlighting it. As part of the spotlight, they’re giving away the story “Jump” from the collection. Go take a look.

You can get a copy of the book in the Kindle store for $1.99.

Don’t have a Kindle? Get a mobi, or pdf, or any of the other popular formats from Book View Cafe. Same low price: $1.99

And keep in mind Kindle Nation thinks it’s “not for children or the faint of heart.” Now go have fun.