Author: W.A. McDonald

Bigger Fish

There's always a bigger fish.

“What do you want to see?” I asked my girlfriend Ashley without looking up from my phone, scrolling through the movies playing at the local theater. “How about that new zombie movie,” she suggested with way too much enthusiasm. I…

Wish

Wish

I was abducted by aliens once. It was, at the time, the most unforgettable moment of my life. I was fourteen, walking along Minnehaha Creek, taking a break from slipping newspapers between the storm doors of my customers. The sky…

Evolution

De-evolution

“What happened to the human’s daddy?” I looked to my daughter as I pondered an answer. Her deep blue eyes peered back at me with youthful innocence. Her mother and I spent months dickering over the details of her inception.…

My Charge

Borough of Health and Longevity

“Wakeup!” I scream at max volume. My words translated by an algorithm into some cheery musical tune my charge selected from possible options. …3…2…1, “Wake up!” I shout once again at a programmed interval. That second one seems to have…

Idiot Proof

Mean BMW

She was a quick one. I thought she might get away, but I feel the satisfying thump of bone and flesh against alloy and carbon fiber. I grimace as I feel her heel crunch into my aluminum fender. Damn, another…

Castle All-O-Rica

Bronze Dragon

This story is a spin off of Box Elder, found here, or in my book. I live in a castle. A great big castle. My daddy left it to me. He left me Zirenth too. Who is Zirenth? He is…

NRFL

NRFL Robot Player

Game Day I used to get excited for game day. It was part of my life long conditioning. Everything led up this day. But no more. The game has changed. No longer is it about our individual skills. No longer…

Magic 8 Ball

Magic 8 Ball

My real father never did much for me, aside from give me life. My stepfather on the other hand, he showed me what it was to be a man, to be successful…responsible. He was a long haul over the road…

Greatest Show on…

Space Fleet

“Battle stations!” the ships AI called out automatically as a small collection of ships jumped into close proximity of the fleet. “What the hell is going on Lieutenant Daniels!” Rear Admiral Menzies called to his radar officer from his station…

Sedentarius

Automated City

Only the seed collection automot sees the seedier side of humanity these days, I think as the one who came to visit me rolls off me. All aspects of sensuality, seductiveness…humanity, gone as it goes into nurture and protect mode.…