Monday, October 25, 2010

John Gilbey's "Corrective action" (flash fiction, fatal software bug, free)

Untested upgrade of software controlling an airlock at some sort of private facility on moon killed a government safety inspector. Administration of the facility has been covering up the incident by doctoring records.

Another safety inspector catches the administration at its act, but gets only a smirk from facility's chief; what the hell can inspector do, apart from imposing a minor fine? What the chief doesn't know is that dead inspector was the "partner" of the visitor, & visitor is not about to let the facility get away with it...

Fact sheet.

First published: Nature, #464 (22 April 2010).
Download full text from publisher's site.
Rating: B.