Kerry's challenge at Real Toads today is steampunk, a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction.
Banish all the libraries,
and send all poets and literateurs
to the outback.
Deprive them of pens
and imprison them singly,
so they may not tell stories aloud.
They have all been replaced by
The Fully Mechanical Conscienceless Device,
robots and androids
that can pen full tomes
in place of human bards.
It is said these automatons
will be fully functional
within five years
and one will win the Pulitzer Prize
Forgive me if I still prefer
the feeling of a book in my hands,
and to have my stories come
from the minds and hearts
of their authors.
I'm just old-fashioned that way.
This is actually not fantasy. On CBC Radio last week, they were discussing a new robot/computer that is already writing stories. The journalist doing the interview was understandably nervous at the possibility of being replaced by a robot, but the interviewee was excited about the possibility of reaching wide audiences with programmed books written by robots.