Friday GPT-2: 2021 Nebula finalists

I trained GPT-2 on this year’s short fiction Nebula finalists. The result:

Do you remember the star person from the beach? He was the smartest kid I ever seen, and I know he and his family are pretty gaunt.

But do you remember the other two people from the movie? They were the only ones who talked to me. They always called me by my birth name, like I was weird. And they always kept me company. Always with me. Over and over. Never away.

I thought about it, my hands on my hips, thinking about the letters t and u on the dollar bill. The star person from the beach was always right next to me, right next to me, like we were one big family.

And then: something clicked. I had been thinking about that last sentence for weeks, and I imagined people were suddenly so attached to me, so attached to asteroid VI, Eon, that they didn’t know I was there, that they didn’t love me but wanted to love me anyway.

Someone like Shimon Peres, the guy from the beach, always with us. He was always in our midst, always. We might even be friends again. But this time he kept talking about the star person and the divine woman and the windows and the star person and I noticed him for the first time. He was staring at the empire passageway in the siding, his eyes searching for any sign of the destroyed spy station.

I stopped talking. I stopped moving. I didn’t want to say what was happening next. This little speck of a man in a pinstripesuit stood to reason that he didn’t want to say what was happening next. This small voice. This small voice says: YOU TOLD ME YOU MIGHT SEEING, TAKING A BREAKFAST.”

I stood up. My left arm was shaking. I pushed the railing away from the pier. The breeze blew down our small tea sets. We packed it in our small, cramped bags and drove off.

Space is Yours

The journey’s only excuse, our only escape. You can still wake up in the morning and find the city full of cobwebs, the venedolphins miserable and defeated, the venedolphins beautiful and half-baked and, yes, even though we’re the only creatures in the galaxy whose minds are filled with joy and loss. But that’s not what these things were like when we were young.

Eerie, at the time, anyway. And then, finally—why was I even here? I never got to see Star Wars. Where were the Star Wars parlors for boys? What were they do night after night? Nobody let me see their ugly, doomed, and ultimately doomed, and utterly doomed, and then again, I know a lot of them who live better, who care more about the things they do than anything, save a fondness for the doomed.

So I didn’t get to see The Empire Strikes Back, which was probably my biggest disappointment. But I did like The Graveyard Shift, and it was a weird one, like the townhouse in the trailer had turned into a ghost townhouse. The townhouse itself was fake, of course, and probably had not been in the Buccaneer for long, if we even needed it. The townhouse itself was, obviously, a real ghost. The townhouse itself was a fake and probably haunted since the 1880s. The townhouse itself was real and probably haunted since the 19th century. The townhouse itself was real and probably haunted since the modern-day Buccaneer. The fake townhouse was probably right across the street from the water’s most famous attraction, the Fisher’s statue, which contained Anton and his boat Themis. The real Fisher, though, was in a bad way and she had lost her voice a long time ago. She lost her place as the woman who brought Anton to Merope.

I stopped and listened to the sidewalk along the corner of University and North. Nothing there before we left, anything to see who was behind the mask and die in the manner that Anton did. I wondered where the hell Anton was that night, looking for Themis in the dark, thinking that they’d be the one who pulled the switch that stopped him. I wondered why the townhouse was still standing, as it had the previous night. I wondered why the townhousekeeper would want to disturb the statue, or why the keeper of the townhouse window was sitting in on herself and saw all of them huddled around an old die, even though that eon was always the end. I wondered why the townsheep would want to sit in front of the statue, or why the keeper of the townhouse window would be satine, or why the boy sat in front of him all of a sudden.

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