Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Futuristic Legalese

Science Fiction writers, if not looking to the stars, are often looking to the future. The fantastical that may one day be ours is a fertile field in which to wallow.

Futuristic technology, social norms, politics, fashion, weapons and time travel are common themes of the genre. Futuristic legalities? Not so much. However, I may have found a way to make even that fun.

In my first sci fi SCHRÖDINGER'S CAT I take a stab at explaining differences in eyewitness accounts--perhaps our consciousness is shifting between alternate universes, we may not all have exactly the same shared past. I think Chorie's lawyer summed it up best when he told her there was no fricken way he was arguing an alternate universe theory before the court. They'd both be judged insane and she'd for sure lose custody of her dying daughter. Yeah...that did stretch it a bit, didn't it?


But, suppose the year is 2035 and all other universes are tucked neatly away and inaccessible, as they ought to be. What will our legal system look like then? Suppose hackers and criminal organizations decimated the world wide web, corrupted the internet beyond salvation. Suppose this corruption reached into police files, lab results, court orders, all things digital and transferred, stored, or otherwise exposed to the internet.

What then, my friend? What good defence attorney would not argue DNA results that proved guilt, might very well have been corrupted? What good gangster would not have hired a techie to alter a police report prior to trial? What terrorist would not have invaded government systems to drain dollars?

Ah, yes, the year is 2035 and computer whiz Ladesque is charged with getting the world back online with a system immune to attack, perhaps a task almost as impossible as hunting through corrupt data to find the truth about the pharmacological screwup that stole her generation's fertility and libido.

DISPASSIONATE LIES, coming later this summer from WolfSinger Publications.

Perhaps we ought to be more concerned about who's inventing the quantum computer than who has nuclear capabilities. Perhaps.

Eileen Schuh, Author

Schrödinger's Cat

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