Sibellus Noir, Part VI
Lore of the Principia Infecta

The sixth part of Sibellus Noir is available in PDF format.

The librarium is beyond the easy reach of the masters, for all two scints of what that's worth. But it still has its slaves, just as damned as those of the Pit. They dress like records clerks, fresh from hidden rooms where machines pick over their minds. Arrayed eyeglasses screwed to devices that protrude from surgery-scars on shaven pates, heads weighed beneath the machines that ride them. Hands replaced by spreading tines and hooks. Focused, unblinking stares, fixated on what awaits when red-cloaked machine-men decide a living brain is too febrile for its assigned task.

Their remains stand at intersections, dead flesh contorted within metal frames to become bowed catalogues and guide-pointers. What's left when the machines are done with men and women. The clerks who can still walk and speak whisper to one another when we pass - unwelcome intruders into their world of tomes and dataslates, the moll and I. For my part, I try not to see what the machine-men have wrought here. The end of a path I don't want to stand on.

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[ Posted by Reason on December 3, 2010 ]