Capacity on Mobius

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My latest short story, Capacity, is in the spring edition of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. I really love the concept behind this one. It takes place in the near future when the Internet has reached its maximum capacity, so no new content can be added. A young man named Lenny travels by train to meet his Internet girlfriend for the first time in real life as a means of distracting himself from his Internet withdraw.

Here’s a taste:

Lenny closed his laptop and set it on the seat next to him. He checked the time on his smartphone and then tried a status update using his phone.

INTERNET AT CAPACITY.

It was a Tuesday and Lenny had an IP address that ended in an even number, so he should have had access to the Internet; apparently it was already full, and it wasn’t even 7:30 in the morning. Lenny found that most days, if he hadn’t logged on by 4:30, he was probably out of luck.

Lenny had no way of knowing it, but he had the distinction of being the person who finally filled the Internet. The Internet reached its maximum capacity on April 22, a date that previously held no significance—but neither did September 11th or December 7th until Fate dumped a bit of history down on those particular squares on the calendar.

At 1:12 am on April 22, Lenny was busy simultaneously managing the harvest of his virtual crops while uploading pictures from the previous night’s outing for his girlfriend, Olivia, and putting the finishing touches on an educational website exploring the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Two pics uploaded perfectly, but the third failed to upload. Instead a message popped up on the screen with the enigmatic message:

INTERNET AT CAPACITY.

Read the rest at http://mobiusmagazine.com/fiction/capacity.html

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~ by themoderntranscendentalist on March 3, 2014.

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