You just can’t escape science. Technology is all around us, and every so often a device goes rogue. Uh-oh! Maybe it’s just a bug—a simple glitch, easy error, or a pesky virus. But sometimes… Well sometimes, the malfunction is part of a diabolical plot. Mix evil intent with power, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
FREE shorts that feature wild tech
- Pizza Overdrive: a Self Driving Nightmare
- A Death Ray Blunder (coming summer 2020)
Why wild tech?
Let’s face it, classical science fiction was written long before mobile phones and the Internet were even invented. And while I still LOVE re-reading Phillip K. Dick, there’s a lot of divination in his works that would come across less speculative had he written in today’s world of technology. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he was ignorant. I’m just saying he was a product of his times, and the 60’s were the technological dark ages compared to today.
It’s a new age, and our stories need to be more sophisticated.
So, when I say, “wild tech,” what exactly do I mean? Well, let’s break it down.
Definition of wild
Here’s what the dictionary has to say:
wild | wīld |
(of an animal or plant) living or growing in the natural environment; not domesticated or cultivated: a herd of wild goats | wild strawberries. produced from wild animals or plants without cultivation: wild honey. (of a place or region) uninhabited, uncultivated, or inhospitable: an expanse of wild moorland | the wild coastline of Cape Wrath. (of sea or the weather) rough and stormy: a wild, bitterly cold night. (of people) not civilized; primitive: the wild tribes from the north. (of a look, appearance, etc.) indicating distraction or strong emotion: her wild eyes were darting back and forth.
- lacking discipline or restraint: wild parties were never her scene.
- informal very enthusiastic or excited: I’m not wild about the music.
- informal very angry.
- not based on sound reasoning or probability: a wild guess | wild rumors were circulating | performing in Hollywood was beyond my wildest dreams | who, even in their wildest dreams, could have anticipated such a victory?
(of a playing card) deemed to have any value, suit, color, or other property in a game at the discretion of the player holding it.
I mean wild in the case of three and four. Wild tech is unrestrained and not based on human reasoning. And while these technologies might be WILD, we shouldn’t call them BAD. Because the word BAD implies that a thing has moral character. Like any other tool, tech is neutral.
You can say that again, Bob. Except in my stories, there are also dangerous WOmen.
But I digress. When I write about wild tech, it’s almost always a story of fatal impudence or an evil enterprise. I think fatal impudence is my favorite, simply because these kinds of stories show us how dangerous unlimited power can be in the hands of a fool. We’re all familiar with stories of evil enterprise, but many times evil villains are too one dimensional for my taste.
Definition of tech
tech·nol·o·gy | tekˈnäləjē | (plural technologies)
- the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry: advances in computer technology | recycling technologies.
- machinery and equipment developed from the application of scientific knowledge: it will reduce the industry’s ability to spend money on new technology.
- the branch of knowledge dealing with engineering or applied sciences.
Yeah, I think we all know what technology is. I tend to focus on the devices. Abusive drones. Glitchy self-driving cars. Burnt out phones. But sometimes I like to dabble in a story about being a smarty-pants. You know, some wise guy who thinks they know-it-all, but along the way the technology gets off the leash and bites him in the ass. Those stories are sooooo satisfying.
Putting it all together
I have to take a moment to write about my favorite wild tech author, Michael Crichton. Nobody writes a cautionary tale about technology the way he does. I can’t help it, find his premises irresistible. I have read all his techno thrillers, and my personal favorites are JURASSIC PARK and LOST WORLD.
Technology advances at such a fast rate these days that it’s hard to keep up with it all. Many times, my husband and I go for walks to talk about tech news, and we get all excited about story premises and wild ideas. The problem is that it takes time to execute those ideas. And if you don’t move fast, the story can become outdated before it’s done. So, for this reason, I tend to write short stories about wild tech. They’re the best ones to share online!
I dare you to demo some of this wild tech.