Featured Story
Recent Stories
Stories by Topic
News
Make the universe a better place! Support DSF with a donation:
small-go-arrowdonate
Take me to a...
Random story
top-rated stories only
Enter any portion of the author name or story title:
small-go-arrowsearch
Sign up for free daily sci-fi!
your email will be kept private

Breaking News
Get a copy of Not Just Rockets and Robots: Daily Science Fiction Year One. 260 adventures into new worlds, fantastical and science fictional. Rocket Dragons Ignite: the anthology for year two, is also available!
Kindle Edition
Kindle Edition
DSF stories are available in monthly digests for Kindle!
DSF for Kindle
Publish your stories or art on Daily Science Fiction:
Submit your story
Check story status
Not just rockets & robots...
What is Science Fiction?
"Science Fiction" means—to us—everything found in the science fiction section of a bookstore, or at a science fiction convention, or amongst the winners of the Hugo awards given by the World Science Fiction Society. This includes the genres of science fiction (or sci-fi), fantasy, slipstream, alternative history, and even stories with lighter speculative elements. We hope you enjoy the broad range that SF has to offer.
close






Universal Reality

Jovak leaned back in his chair. The coding changes were complete, the beta testing had detected no faults, and with this one last keystroke, implementation would begin. It was a drastic change to the software but it would prove the versatility of the test subjects. He stretched his twenty-four arms, wiggling the twelve fingers on each and pressed the button.
Sehsurak noticed and walked over. "You look happy. You implemented the new changes?" Sehsurak was the coding group's senior reality design engineer.
Jovak retracted his arms quickly. He tended to keep his head down and to himself. "Yes, the inhabitants won't know what hit them."
"They were becoming complacent." Sehsurak leaned down and plugged into the artificial universe. "Ah, they have sensed the change."
Jovak nodded. "I made it apparent that their new leader was not selected properly. Already, there is tension."
The Group Leader laughed softly. "Excellent work, Jovak. If this goes as expected, I have no doubt that you will be promoted to Grade Four."
Jovak glowed with pleasure. "Thank you, Group Leader."
Grade Four! His brood mate Fleral would be greatly pleased. It had been her suggestion not to hide the rise of a dictator. Not an easy thing to accomplish within the parameters of the software's dictates. An entirely separate subroutine modifying many of the basic tenets of the original program. Once complete though, it allowed the primary government's leadership to be taken by illegal means. It was a masterstroke.
Group Leader Sehsurak was focusing on the brewing conflicts. "The reality's governments had become too predictable--the number of test subjects was becoming too large for the software to manage."
Jovak nodded. "As we speak, Group Leader, the war tensions of even the most passive of the reality's inhabitants are climbing to a fever pitch."
"Excellent. Far better than Feldnap's economic disaster."
"Agreed." Jovak felt sorry for his co-worker, but he had warned Feldnap that the inhabitants were too adaptable to let a banking collapse lead to war.
Group Leader Sehsurak disconnected from the reality and nodded once. "Inform me once the population is reduced to a third. I shall be attending the Director's luncheon."
Jovak bowed and genuflected with the proper respect. Inside he was jumping up and down with delight. It had been hard work but if the Group Leader was pleased, then all the long hours had been worth it.
As Sehsurak floated away, Jovak returned his attention to the turmoil he had created. He smiled, the cilia on his abdomen vibrating and glowing with chartreuse delight. The major power's government leader was behaving as planned. The ill-conceived and irrational policies were proving divisive, polarizing the populace and making conflict inevitable. One of the secondary powers was already making moves that would likely escalate into a serious conflict. Jovak was hoping for an escalation into a nuclear engagement between the major powers. Impatient as always, he could hear his brood mate saying.
Jovak nodded to himself, agreeing with her, but it was the fastest way to the desired results... and his promotion.
The End
This story was first published on Monday, September 10th, 2018

RATE THIS STORY
Please click to rate this story from 1 (ho-hum) to 7 (excellent!):

Please don't read too much into these ratings. For many reasons, a superior story may not get a superior score.

4.5 Rocket Dragons Average

SHARE THIS STORY

JOIN MAILING LIST
Please join our mailing list and receive free daily sci-fi (your email address will be kept 100% private):
 
Copyright Info
Tell a Friend
Send Feedback
About Us