from History of the Mod Wars, Herodotus v2.6

For a time, after Googlazon started marketing its genetically modified “smart pets,” these were all the rage and quite a status symbol. And, of course, they were perfectly safe because they had been modified to be docile and cute. But the craze died out after only a few years because the modified pets took up too much psychic space. It was one thing to have a cat who was bored all the time because he wanted to be outside committing serial murder of small wildlife. It was quite another to have him complaining constantly to you about this through his Smart Speaker Babble Trans system. Same for the tropical fish. It was bad having them stare at you from that little tank with those big, sad eyes but worse, far worse, to have them announce that they were going on hunger strike until you got them a mate or a larger tank or released them into what was left of the wild. And besides, people were too busy trying to sort out having a new generation of bosses modified to live longer, stay younger and healthier, and be better looking and a LOT smarter than the “Norms” ever could be. There weren’t many of these “Mods,” of course, because of the vast resources that Modding took, but there were enough to go around after the consolidations of corporations and governments that took place after the climate wars of the 2030s. People were pretty evenly split between those who worshiped the beautiful bosses and followed everything they did (the same types who had always worshiped movie stars and pop music performers) and the ones who secretly (they didn’t say this out loud, of course) wanted them all dead.

It was a confusing time.

Copyright 2018. Robert D. Shepherd. All rights reserved.

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