The Only Time Machine ~ avid C. Kopaska-Merkel

We upload your consciousness,
it runs in a simulated 1960s Lagos,
the quaint elder city;
but it’s totally cool!
OK, it runs slowly,
and it’s grainy (a few details are lacking),
but the Uploaded never notice; they lack detail too.

Your body is destroyed in the process,
but it’s immortality; don’t worry,
we keep you backed up,
we have uninterruptible power supplies,
backups on our backups,
real-time monitoring of conditions on the drive,
and if you do get corrupted,
you never know it!

It’s the perfect existence,
and the only way to go back in time.

Yes, Lagos60s™ is the best and only,
although I hear someone is about to launch
a goth sim called Bombardment 1851,
which is supposed to really rock,
if you’re into that sort of thing;
but, for a small fee,
we can make a copy of you for that platform,
to upload when they go live.


dckm 2011David C. Kopaska-Merkel has written hundreds of SFF poems and stories over the years. His work has been published in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, and many other places. He and his wife live in an old farmhouse in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. By day he studies rocks and fossils. By night he publishes Dreams and Nightmares, a magazine of SFF poetry.

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