My Pirate Story Excerpt

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had been working on a pirate themed short story a while back but lost interest. In looking for that story I came across something else I apparently wrote but don’t remember writing. Have you ever done that? Have you ever written something, given up on it, and then a few months later read it and say to yourself, “Did I really write that?”

Anyhow, the title of the story was “Robotic Pirates” (I doubt that would’ve been the final title). I post it here, because, well, I don’t know why.

“Just give ’em a shove,” said Davis pointing to the man standing near the edge of the insert ship name here. “Think of your family, man.”

“I ain’t got a family,” replied Johnson. “I’m a pirate.”

“Think of yourself, then.” said Davis. “They’ll have our jobs if we don’t do something.”

“Right,” said Johnson as he took a few tentative steps and then charged at the unsuspecting man.

At the last instant the stranger stepped casually to the side without turning around. Johnson fell with a splash into the shark infested waters below. His motion detecting sensors had functioned properly.


As it turned out, Al Gore was right, not about inventing the Internet, but about Global Warming. The Earth’s temperature rose 4 degrees in sixty years, causing the planet’s face to change significantly. As the ice caps melted, the sea rose forming new bodies of water, opening up new sea routes, ushering in a new era of piracy.

At the same time, the United States economy continued to trend globally, . As competition became more and more fierce, with enormous companies, dividing and conquering each other seemingly daily, corporations turned toward a more historic form of competition: piracy.

As the use of piracy grew, governments looked the other way, too busy to worry about international trade, or too scared to disrupt a strong economy. As the years went by, one thing became all to clear to corporations: you can’t trust pirates.

It was at this time, that the RDU90 project was first developed.

Obviously that’s a first draft and it has some cliche’s. However, I think I could’ve done something with that. Ah well.

Pirate Edition of Shimmer Available for Pre-Order

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, speculative fiction magazine Shimmer Magazine has made their pirate themed issue available for download. Today on her blog, Mary Robinette Kowal has posted the “trailer” for the issue. Shimmer also has one of the pirate stories from the issue available for a free download.

Those who have been reading my blog for a while may remember that I was working on a submission for the Pirate issue a while back.   I had around 1000 words of a story, but just couldn’t get it finished. I believe I still have the fragments of the story lying around somewhere, but I doubt I’ll ever try to finish it.

I think I’m going to buy this magazine, just to see what types of stories people came up with.  Besides, who doesn’t like a good pirate story.