“Let’s Take This Viral” by Rich Larson

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Default returns to the nocturns after half an orbit away, and and knows just the unit to show him a good time. But this world of invincible AI socialites in constant search of the latest high may soon witness the flaws in an endless rise of technology. Then, they’ll come to realize how mortal they actually are.

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About the Author
Rich Larson was born in West Africa, has studied in Rhode Island and worked in Spain, and currently writes from Edmonton, Alberta. His speculative fiction has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Prize, featured on io9, and appears in numerous Year’s Best anthologies. He received the Dell Award and Rannu Prize for Writers of Speculative Fiction. His literary short work has been nominated for both the Pushcart and Journey Prize, and he was a semifinalist for the Norman Mailer Poetry Prize. In 2011 his novel Devolution was a finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Alongside writing, he enjoys soccer, basketball, foreign languages, travel, sketching, and pool.
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