“Goodbye, Base Eight” is a story about love, cybernetics, and information theory. It is 2669 words long and you can read it on December 15 at untowardmag.com.
Untoward Magazine is one of my favourite online literary magazines, and the editor I’ve spoken with, Matt Rowan, is a super cool guy, so I am excited to be featured! I previously had another story (“Nighttime Isn’t For Lovers”) published there, and Andrew Battershill, co-editor of Dragnet, has had two.
Here’s a teaser:
This is how human beings construct meaning when they talk to each other:
I make a statement: “You are a fantastic person.”
You make a statement according to what you understand from my statement: “I am involved with someone else. He is studying to be an engineer. He is smooth and precise and brilliant.”
I compare my understanding of your statement with my original statement in order to judge whether your perceived interpretation matches my intent. I make another statement that incorporates an attempt to correct any errors: “That does not stop you from being a fantastic person.”
You compare your understanding of my statement with your original statement in order to judge whether your perceived interpretation matches—