Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Access Babylon”!

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Quiet Your Mind”, previously teased as an Early Bird Reward story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA (although due to Simon’s well-deserved vacation it will be popping up only on Literotica this week). But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Access Babylon” (MC MF FD)!

In the wars of the future, soldiers will be more integrated than ever with the technology we use to fight our battles. But with advanced AI/human integration comes a new kind of weapon – malware capable of infecting the human brain through that computer link. Carbine is a soldier of tomorrow… and the program that’s infected his brain has made him a danger to everyone he knows. Unless his systech Rio can stop him… here’s a taste.

“I…how did you know that?” Carbine remembered the battle; he remembered the metal sphere shooting up into the air from a concealed launcher five clicks east of Madrid, and he remembered putting up his firewalls just as the transmitter blasted out a wave of data designed to corrupt his computer-augmented brain into changing loyalties. He remembered blasting the databomb out of the sky and firing off an emergency shutdown beacon that prevented Delta from attacking their own flank–he even remembered hoping for a medal. But he didn’t remember the malware getting through.

Rio’s face suddenly resolved into focus as she said, “Because you told me. You sent me a message telling you that your self-diagnostics were lighting up all over the place, that you had a worm you couldn’t quarantine and it was corrupting your higher critical thinking subroutines.” It was amazing how crystal clear the image suddenly became as she spoke. Carbine didn’t know how he could possibly have had trouble seeing her before. The visuals were so sharp now that he could practically zoom right in on her vital areas. “You said you were going to report to me for debugging.”

Carbine furrowed his brow in confusion. “Did I?” Of course he did, he could access his memories with perfect clarity and see the moment in his own timeline, but…but it didn’t seem important. The entire sequence of events, everything from getting the self-diagnostic alert message to realizing his thought processes were affected to contacting Rio, it had all been flagged with such a low priority by his piggybrain that he couldn’t keep it in his head unless he was directly viewing it. None of the information he was seeing mattered, not next to the important things his augments were telling him to do; and his meatbrain had been wired to listen to his piggybrain. Hell, half the reason that a soldier got a computer piggybacked onto his neural cortex was to keep him from getting distracted with irrelevancies in the middle of a crisis. He didn’t need to know about everything he was doing. Piggy would keep track of it.

Hope you enjoy it!

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