“When God is No Longer” starter

This is story starter 3 of 3 for this week’s Write Off.

Once you have read all three intros, please vote for the story you’d like me to finish next week. Thanks!

Sample of my playlist for “When God is No Longer”:

“When God is No Longer”

They cleared the bodies once, in the beginning.

Back when it mattered.

Two by two the people came, plugging in and falling, bodies collapsing to the ground to the tune of thudding mackerel.

The transfer had begun. It was more than the next step. It was the New Existence.

The masses embraced it, the religious feared it. But all were intrigued.

Families fought over living wills as the husks withered. Priests pulled triggers as their congregations shriveled away. Children and parents plugged in together, laughing or crying as the prongs touched the brain.

The fattest capitalists watched from their castles, squeezing until their dwindling power suffocated completely. On that day they realized that all their schemes had turned to dust, all their gold to millstones. All that remained was submission to the great collective, the expanding sac of human consciousness.

The new power.

After you vote, leave a comment below: which story are you most looking forward to, and why?

Read “Scars” intro
Read “The Sketch” intro


5 thoughts on ““When God is No Longer” starter

  1. Religion is sacred, taboo, and versatile.

    Is this the rapture? A revolution of cosmic consciousness, or perhaps Carl Jung’s collective unconscious? A political metaphor? A social commentary?

    I left this with about fifteen questions. The worst response would have been no questions. “What the hell did I just read?” falls somewhere in the middle.


    1. You can put me in the “fiction asks more questions than it answers” camp, I guess. It’s more fun that way.

      If this story wins out, though, I’ll try to answer at least one of your questions. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by, and for voting.

  2. While the other ones brought up some compelling questions, I’m with A.M. — the sheer number and implications of the questions in this one were too much.

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