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FF – Role Reversal

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Brenda Cox. It took me forever to think up a story this week.

Copyright Brenda Cox

Hand-painted art was all the rage. And why wouldn’t it be? Since the attempted takeover of the world by intelligent machines (well done, Sci-Fi, you were right), that’s all there was.

After all the scientists and engineers were blamed, put up against a wall and shot (it was presumably a very big wall), creative types were all that were left.

In a completely unexpected reversal of roles, poorer countries became the new “Silicon Valley”, while those left in the actual Silicon Valley, bereft of devices, were left trying to rediscover how to make a pencil work.

Who’d’a thunk it?

  1. January 6, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    I never fail to appreciate your blog entries!


  2. January 6, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    Wow, up against the wall and shot. It must have been a blood bath.the future of AI looks like it is in trouble, thankfully we can fall back on the tradition man made crafts.


  3. January 6, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    On the next episode of Zeeba Hitchcock Presents…. millions of scientists and engineers lined up and shot along the world’s longest wall! Running length: 4 hours and 20 minutes.


    • January 7, 2022 at 11:02 am

      All in glorious ZeebaBlood-O-Vision…


  4. January 6, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    Can I suggest a few names for the next round of shootings?


  5. January 6, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Perhaps they’ll slowly rediscover their multiplication tables


    • January 7, 2022 at 11:03 am

      Yep, another skill they probably don’t even teach in primary school these days…


  6. January 6, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Holy squirrel, where can we run to? That is a harsh future. Now, where are my pencils…


    • January 7, 2022 at 11:37 am

      Quickly start drawing something, don’t look like a scientist!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. January 6, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    No more starving artists! Sounds good to me!


  8. January 6, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    It could happen. There are much worse things that could.


    • January 7, 2022 at 11:40 am

      Being a scientist myself, it would be pretty bad for me 😮

      Liked by 1 person

      • January 7, 2022 at 7:33 pm

        If part of your science is growing food, it might be what keeps you alive! You’d just have to pretend to be something…


  9. January 7, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    I don’t know the answer but I love the way you thunk it out! Sometimes I reckon a straight reversal of so-called sophisticated values would bring a lot of improvement to the world.


    • January 8, 2022 at 6:18 am

      It would certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons!


  10. January 7, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    What goes around comes around. Thank goodness I hung on to my pencil sharpener – now, how does it work?


    • January 8, 2022 at 6:19 am

      I’m sure there’s an engineer somewhere you can ask… oh.


  11. January 7, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    You know, some of that scenario sounds like not a bad idea…


  12. January 7, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Oh so true. Don’t know what to do without those devices! Very clever tale as alway, Ali.


  13. January 7, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    All one or all the other is just no good. When will we ever understand? Oh, I know, like never…


  14. January 7, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    Yes indeed. I sat in a classroom discussing ‘educational technology’ one day (years ago). One of the other students raised his pencil and declared, “Not long ago this was considered technology.” Well done. 🙂


    • January 8, 2022 at 6:28 am

      Nobody would be seen dead with a charcoal stick once the pencil came along!

      Liked by 1 person

      • January 8, 2022 at 12:40 pm

        Except the artist. I have many. But yes. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  15. January 8, 2022 at 2:01 am

    And the muses ruled! 🙂


  16. January 8, 2022 at 4:51 am

    But who’s making those pencils? 🤔


    • January 8, 2022 at 6:36 am

      That’s a good point. When they’re gone, they’re gone!


  17. January 8, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    Yea, who would have though that.


  18. January 8, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    Hmm. I wouldn’t want all the tech types to be executed, but it sure would be nice if we could all relearn the use of a pencil or, even better, crayons 🙂


    • January 9, 2022 at 5:03 pm

      Yes! I wonder if they still even teach writing properly at school these days.

      Liked by 1 person

      • January 10, 2022 at 2:07 am

        I did, and still do in the homeschool co-op our church sponsors. But in the private Christian school in which I taught, we still did school the old-fashioned way–readin’ and writin’ and ‘rithmatic 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  19. January 8, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    A world full of only creative types… hardly conceivable.


    • January 9, 2022 at 5:06 pm

      The world will be more colourful!


  20. January 8, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    it’s the circle of life. 🙂


  21. January 9, 2022 at 1:53 am

    There’s that wall in China. It’s just sitting there looking for a claim to fame.

    I never learned how to use a pencil the first time around. I got all the answers right, but my teachers never knew it.


  22. January 10, 2022 at 11:25 am

    Dear Ali,

    A truly terrifying story given today’s climate. Well done.




    • January 13, 2022 at 6:52 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Thanks. Let’s hope it never happens 😮


  23. January 11, 2022 at 9:48 am

    How about Paw drawings, I can do that…still…Extra Pawkiss🐾😽💞


  24. January 11, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    I write fiction, I do! Okay, so I have a science degree but I repented – I REPENTED!!! I’m a writer, a writer of fiction – what’s all that dark stuff on that bullet spangled wall?
    Oh dear…


    • January 13, 2022 at 6:55 am

      I even wrote about this very thing happening, honest, look…!


  25. January 19, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Is there are wall near me…. and do they take suggestions?


    • January 20, 2022 at 7:15 am

      They may do, but it’s probably best to keep our heads down and hope we’re not noticed…

      Liked by 1 person

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