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The story behind the story: Decoy

This week, Futures is delighted to welcome Eric Lewis with his story Decoy. A tale of intergalactic crime and greed, Decoy offers a cautionary tale for anyone hoping to use technology for nefarious purposes. Here, Eric explains a little more about the inspiration behind his tale — as ever, it pays to read the story first.

Writing Decoy

In this story, a thief ignores the warnings of an underling, and gets his comeuppance through a low-tech trap with a high-tech façade.

Any time a new piece of technology makes its debut, there are two things you can bet on happening very soon afterwards: miniaturization and crime. And be it nuclear power, Bitcoin, or a portable ‘spatial-displacement-field generator’, certain types driven by greed and irrational exuberance often tend to leap before they look to exploit something they don’t really understand. After all, those eggheads who invented it couldn’t possibly know better! Thus there will always be unforeseen consequences, whether it’s the director of your research group keen to market a new piece of tech before studying it fully, or the interstellar thieves in Decoy.

This story is for all the eggheads in the lab who are perfectly happy to let the bosses leap first.

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