Sunday, April 28, 2024

Coming Attractions, by Vinnie Hansen


"Coming Attractions," by Vinnie Hansen, in Invasive Species: Stories by Northern California Crime Writers, edited by Josh Pachter, Sinc NorCal, 2024. 

Something different this week, science fiction, but crime as well.

Bill and Sara bought a maid.  Ester is a human-appearing robot with a certain uncanny-valley creepiness, but extremely efficient.

Until she starts reading mystery novels.  And, as it turns out, she is reading other kinds of books as well.

"We're not a story, Ester.  We're real life."

"I'M not real life."

The story manages to be creepy, funny, and thought-provoking at once.


  1. Thank you for the shout out, Robert. I enjoyed writing this story even though it has its roots in deep-seated fear of AI. But then, most of my writing has a cathartic element to it.

  2. You are welcome, Vinnie. Catharsis is an undervalued motive for writing, isn't it? Also, vengeance, and redemption.