Finish The Story Contest - Week #66!

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A contest with a pot of 10 STEEM, 10 SBI & 1000 SNAX? You're in the right place!

317 @steembasicincome shares awarded till now, plus 22.558 SBD, 340 STEEM, & 11402 SNAX tokens through the contest in 65 weeks!

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Welcome, voyagers of the fantastic crypto-powered never-ending-stream-of-amazingness, to our 66th Edition of the Finish The Story Contest! It's your pal, @Oivas, with the honor of taking the helm for this round. Last month was a bit of a rough one with most of our ardent community members finding themselves in the middle of the storm (eye of the storm, actually). But we are back. Hope you all are ready to cut loose to delve into a fantasy world where psionic talents are the norm, and exotic creatures roam free.

What treasures await within the mysterious depths of Drosselmeyer's trunk?

1st place: n. 5 STEEM & 500 SNAX tokens

2nd place: n. 3 STEEM & 300 SNAX tokens

3rd place: n. 2 STEEM & 200 SNAX tokens

Popular vote: n. 7 @steembasicincome shares

(Please note there is a minimum of three votes to activate the popular vote reward so don't forget to vote for your favorite story!)

Best comment: n. 3 @steembasicincome shares.

Thanks to @curie's generous funding, we reintroduced this reward! We are looking for an insightful curation comment. It doesn't have to be necessary long or flamboyant.

To receive your SNAX rewards, you'll need to have a SNAX wallet.

For those who like instructions with photos, here's a handy tutorial.

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• Share the love and tell a friend about the contest!
• Join the Bananafish Realms discord chat for fresh updates and other amenities.
• Vote, vote, vote your favorite story in the comments below!
• Use the #finishthestory tag.
• Try to post your story as early possible and not at the last moment (or after the results! argh!) to give people chance to read yours before they vote
• Respect the dreadful 500 words limit! o_0
• Help our contest & workshop to grow by giving it some visibility and consider linking back to this post in your entry.

Good luck, brave storytellers!
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The Spark

by @oivas

“Don’t state the obvious,” the human Colonel warned the iron sentinel.

“But I don’t remember,” a deep metallic din protested. Though called iron sentinels, these were state-of-the-art humanoids made of titanium-mercury alloy. They could withstand the blast of a thousand RDX and come out without a scratch.

“What was that?” Colonel Arlong had never witnessed a sentinel raise its voice, least of all, protest. A forty-ton humanoid towering fifteen feet over the Colonel in a dim-lit interrogation room was definitely not a foe that the Colonel expected to antagonise.

“Sorry, sir. I didn’t mean to..”

“You didn’t mean to what?” Arlong ensured that he maintained an upper-hand. The sentinels were smart AI and could sense human emotions from miles. If they ever sensed fear, then only the Almighty would have to intervene to save the human bosses from the sentinel’s wrath. After all, these were created to exterminate humans; the enemies of the bosses.

The sentinel's blue lights, substituting for eyes, stayed focused on the colonel. They didn’t blink. They never did. “I was about to fire, but the screams of the younger human brought back some memories.”

“Memories? You have no memories. You have no consciousness. None of the sentinels have. All that you are made up of is a clock, gears and Radium-powered cells.”

“I don’t know. I was unable to open fire. It felt like my son,” the C-10Z01 looked away. That was another unusual expression. Machines don’t look away, and they don’t have children.

“Alright, this has gone too far. We need to investigate your synapse,” the Colonel got up, and so did the sentinel, “ and you will not resist the link.”

“What will happen?”

“That’s none of your look-out C-10Z01,” the Colonel was curt. “Take him out.”

Two more sentinels walked in and grabbed C-10Z01. The machines walked out with loud dins and thuds following their moves.

The colonel lit his cigar, and even before he exhaled, words poured out, “what did we just witness?”

“I don’t know, sir,” Jennifer, the resident sentinel architect, responded.

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Join the fun! Here is how this contest works:

• An unfinished fiction story or a script is posted.
• You finish it with your own post (use the #finishthestory as your first tag) or a comment in the comment section. A limit of 500 words is recommended.
• WIN 10 STEEM, 10 @steembasicincome shares & 1000 SNAX to the writers with the best endings.

The submission deadline: Wednesday - November 6th, 2:00 AM EST (U.S. East Coast time zone). Results will be announced by Thursday - November 7th, at or before 7:00 AM EST (U.S. East Coast time zone). You may vote your favorite story until the results are out!

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A special thanks to @gwilberiol, @dirge, @tristancarax, @theironfelix, @raj808, @brisby, @maverickinvictus, @cyemela, @marcoriccardi, @hidden84, @calluna, @oivas, @ntowl, @f3nix, @felt.buzz, @khasa and @vdux for their precious delegations, making this project a reality! If you like this contest..SPREAD THE GOSPEL! We're grateful for your resteeming and word of mouth. Everything helps to grow together!

GOOD LUCK, BRAVE STORYTELLERS!

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Great opening, @oivas!

Thanks, buddy! 😊

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Here's my first Finish the Story! How much fun this is!
https://steempeak.com/finishthestory/@owasco/fts

Welcome to the wondrous realms of bananafishian fiction, dear @owasco!

And this first blood goes to @mgaft1!
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ahahaha... Thank you!

See that's the give away @mgaft1. If I tell you that then everyone will think in only one direction. I understand you want to know my thoughts, but let this contest be done, I will come back and answer this part.. Just ensuring that I don't influence the story building. 😊

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That's how it is to have a poor memory. For the life of me, I don't remember saying anything like this. As for your thoughts on the continuation, I think I have a fair idea what you had in mind, but in my write up, I didn't fallow your lead but took the easy way out.

I didn't read many other entries, but of those that I read, the one that indeed attempted to follow your lead was the entry of @zeleiracordero ever though she added her own twist to the idea.

Cheers!

And here is my version)
https://steemit.com/finishthestory/@phil-glaz/the-spark

Thanks to @mgaft1 for translate my story from Russian to English and for the illustration)

Welcome to the contest @phil-glaz!! We hope you're enjoying the Bananafish vibes
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Oh yeah, FTS is back! and in what way, @oivas has written a great promt that makes the imagination fly, I really needed this.

Unfortunately, I damaged my computer recently, but I hope to be able to repair it in time to get me writing and get in.

May the dark side be with you in accomplishing the task!

You are then just like sentinel C-10Z01. He or it also damaged his computer or maybe your computer started to have its own consciousness? :)

I don't think so, in any case I think he died because of me, now I'm trying to recover part of his consciousness to transport it to another body.

Ooh, why can't we download their "brains" to our own circuitry.... I would sacrifice a significant level of Free Will, I swear, in exchange for a Command Center filled with knowledge, expertise, and the wisdom of the ages.

Yeah, @mgaft1. @darthgexe you better get your computer up and running or else C-10Z01 is coming home to meet you. :)
Look forward, buddy!

I am glad you brought your cognition, floating for three weeks somewhere in the vastness of the web universe, back to a more grassroots level of writing and offer us a challenge.

Cheer!

Hmm... Then give us your story and lift the prompt sky high... :)

I'll try to do just that. )

I need to hurry, I would not like to meet C-10Z01

That's the spirit @darthgexe!

Another conspiracy!!!
The computer is growing its own consciousness... soon it will start posting on behalf of @darthgexe, and he'll either be downvoted or upvoted to whale...

Soon or already? :)

We will be keeping a close eye on this @darthgexe character

Indeed. Security, security and one more time - security!

Hey, I'm human! Or I'm convinced that I am Stop the conpirationist ideas.

I could already start the pc with windows but I lost my linux partition, and with it I lost some months of work and experimentation.

I do not have an Internet connection at home and generally, I connect from a family member's house using a mini-laptop which does not work the keyboard, but it is on the computer of my house where I write and do everything I can do offline.

Hm ... excuses, excuses. Yeah, that does sound like a human. Then again, AI can learn human behavior. :)

Vote your favorite story here!

I'm voting @darthgexe.

I can't vote for just one story, I don't know which one is better, I liked the stories of @sarez and @gwilberiol, I think they continue very well the promt line and have written their stories in a very good way.

So half a vote for each of them.

Greetings @bananafish family! I had problems with the internet. Finally, today, and not when I did it a few days ago, I was able to publish my version of the end of the great story started by @oivas. I hope you like it.

https://steemit.com/finishthestory/@zeleiracordero/finish-the-story-contest-week-66-the-divine-spark

Glad you did it @zeleiracordero!! The Bananafish mojo made the magic to your connection 😉

Way to go @oivas, keep the banana swimming!
Also here's a loopy ending for your illuminated judgement!

Master Gwil strikes again!

Awesome, @oivas. Great prompt. Helps me work on this sci-fi angle that gives me trouble. I can't wait to see what I come up with.

It is a wonderful story. I read it last night as I was going to sleep. The story is well organized and highly suggestive. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
Hope you are well, @tristancarax.

Hello @agmoore. Yes, all is well at the moment. Nice to see you around. I've got to finish this piece tonight. I've been procrastinating. 8-)

And, I continue to struggle with sci-fi. More practice is needed. 8-)

Also, I feel a little rusty.

https://steempeak.com/finishthestory/@tristancarax/the-spark

Practice is like a fall's water, molding the stone. Nice to have you with us buddy!

@tristancarax, you possibly meant to link this one. 😝😝

Grazie Gwil ^_^

Oh, right. I was all confused until I looked in this feed. haha! Thanks.

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Darth sentinel out.

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A big congratulations for the winners of #65 !!

Here's my Entry: https://steemit.com/finishthestory/@sarez/the-spark-a-short-story-for-finishthestory

Thanks @sarez, congrats to you too long time friend!

Some Snax for your prize pool:

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Woohoo fluffy-crypto boost! You earned my very special dance gif -f3nix
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I've never participated in this challenge before. But, I was excited about the story and I am already preparing my humble participation. I hope to publish it soon.
Greetings, @bananafish!

That's great! We're looking forward to reading you :-D

Hello @zeleiracordero,

Happy to have you in the @bananafish realm! Glad you liked the prompt and we are eagerly looking forward to your story.

It's good to see you back, FTS.
Haven't read the story yet, @oivas, but I will. No time to participate (I'm up to my neck in a blog about pigs !!) but I will follow the entries.

Thanks @agmoore! But we won't mind a very very slight chance of your participation either. :)

You're writing about pigs? This is gotta see.

I hope so....lot of information :)

A blog about pigs?
Off to go see if it's posted now!

My compliments to the chef, er, creator - @oivas, this is an awesome intro!
The colonel, the colossal iron-man AI. Classic.
“Memories? You have no memories. You have no consciousness. None of the sentinels have. All that you are made up of is a clock, gears and Radium-powered cells.”

oooh!

.... the C-10Z01 looked away. That was another unusual expression...

“Alright, this has gone too far. We need to investigate your synapse,” the Colonel got up, and so did the sentinel, “and you will not resist the link.”

(famous last words - I hope!)

Thank you @carolkean! 😊

And I am pretty sure that the famous last words would be that of the contestants' ending. 😁 😁 Talking of which, care to drop your 500 word ending? I am certain it would be lovely.

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Our AI enhanced cats will now review your entry.
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LOL!!!
I love love LOVE that cat selfie. :)

I have another one, but I'll keep it for the rewards post 😜

Your certainty is unwarranted in my case: I try not to do we-writes because it's so hard for me to remain true to the first author's voice and vision. And wit.
But I'll consider coming up with an entry...
Given my current frame of mind, it would likely involve CATS masterminding an AI revolution, but I'm pretty sure that's been done before.
Then again, Douglas Adams and his rats in Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy hass inspired countless re-treads.
I never remember the answer. Was it 39, or 42, and which substance from the periodic table of the elements did it represent...

Looking forward to reading your entry. Surely, it would be an awesome add to this contest 🙂

Explain to me, please what does AI has to do with CATS? I must be really behind the progress. 😉

Um, do you watch cat videos on you tube?
You've heard that cats own the internet, right?
If not... far be it from me to burst your bubble about humans being in charge!
:)

Yesh, I love Cats and love Cats' videos. Especially the couple who keeps the tamed cougar at home. He is such a sweet cat.

So what you are implying is that Cats, in this case, is but a cute joke. Cuz really they have nothing to do with AI :)

Cats, just a cute joke. Cuz really they have nothing to do with AI :)
You have been indoctrinated!
It's like Paul Harvey saying the devil's greatest achievement was getting people to believe he does not exist. The Cats would have us believe it's just a cute joke. I know who's pulling our strings!

Hahahah. Don't forget I am a person who, if need be to count from 1 to 10, starts counting from zero. :)

Meanwhile, I've been invited to a Discord channel on cats,
and there's this new cat-tip feature - are you familiar with it?
https://steemit.com/catnet/@catnet/akjnv-cat-progress-and-funding-report
Sooo many things to learn and figure out how to do here!

A CAT BOT. IC. But no... not my cup of tea. :)

Welcome @vasigo! True, better late than never.