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Mar 2, 2024

iServalan (Sarnia de la Maré FRSA) writer, illustrator and composer of the Book of Immersion Weekly Amazon Series

Sarnia is the creator of the Amazon Books Series IMMERSION.

Here are some links for you guys to access the ebook versions, free on Kindle Plus.

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Sarnia de la Maré is artist, writer, and illustrator known for her immersive works. Let’s delve into her artistic journey:

  1. Artistic Background:

    • Sarnia hails from a lineage of artists and poets, which has deeply influenced her creative path.
    • Her journey into the art and literary world began at an early age, steeped in a rich heritage of creativity. As a child she regularly attended poetry meetings and theatrical performances that were so evocative of the 1960s and 1970s.
    • She was sent away to boarding school at eleven but this was no ordinary school. Frensham Heights in Surrey England has a long history in the creative arts.
  2. Book of Immersion Series:

    • Sarnia is both the writer and illustrator of the Book of Immersion series.
    • This series weaves together imagination, storytelling, and visual elements, inviting readers to immerse themselves in the converging storylines. The Book of Immersion also features music by the Tale Teller Club Band.
  3. Marchioness of Dorchester Poetry Collection:

    • As the Marchioness of Dorchester, Sarnia has explored the realm of poetry. A tongue in cheek performance art character locked into the 1600s.
    • Her collection contains evocative verses that touch upon themes of love, longing, and the human experience, often featuring fruit and other symbolism.
  4. Podcast and Tale Teller Club Academy of Arts:

Sarnia de la Maré’s artistic endeavors blend words, images, and emotions that resonate with audiences. 🎨✨

Some examples of the work Sarnia is currently involved with.

  1. Art by Sarnia de la Maré:

    • You can immerse yourself in Sarnia’s figurative artworks and portraits by visiting her blog, Art by Sarnia de la Maré FRSA.
    • Her unique blend of oil paints and gold leaf brings subjects to life, capturing subtle nuances of human expression and revealing the soul beneath the surface1.
    • Explore her techniques, themes, and mesmerizing allure on her blog: Art by Sarnia de la Maré FRSA
  2. “The Afterlife”:

  3. Anti-War Poetry and Live Readings

Check out these useful links with Sarnia'd other work.

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Feb 3, 2024

The Automobile Girls at Newport by Laura Crane, featured book at the Tale Teller Club Academy of Arts

Exploring Gilded Age Glamour: "The Automobile Girls at Newport" by Laura Crane


In the early 20th century, as the world underwent rapid industrialization and societal shifts, literature often reflected the changing dynamics of culture and lifestyles. Laura Crane's "The Automobile Girls at Newport" provides a fascinating glimpse into the Gilded Age, combining elements of adventure, romance, and societal commentary. Published in 1910, this novel follows the lives of spirited young women navigating the opulent world of Newport, Rhode Island, and sheds light on the evolving roles of women in society.

Setting the Scene:

"The Automobile Girls at Newport" is a delightful escapade that unfolds against the backdrop of Newport's high society during the Gilded Age. The novel captures the essence of an era characterized by extravagant wealth, luxurious estates, and a burgeoning fascination with the latest technological marvels, particularly the advent of the automobile.

Plot Overview:

The narrative revolves around the adventures of our protagonists, the "Automobile Girls," as they explore Newport in their newfound fascination - the automobile. The story not only encapsulates their love for the thrill of driving but also intertwines their lives with the intricate social tapestry of Newport's elite circles. As the young women navigate the challenges of societal expectations and forge romantic connections, the novel provides a nuanced exploration of the changing roles and aspirations of women in the early 20th century.

Character Dynamics:

Crane's characters are richly developed, offering readers a diverse cast that defies traditional gender norms of the time. The "Automobile Girls" are depicted as independent, forward-thinking, and adventurous, challenging the constraints imposed on women in their pursuit of personal and romantic fulfillment. The novel serves as a testament to the resilience and tenacity of young women seeking to break free from societal expectations.

Exploring Societal Shifts:

"The Automobile Girls at Newport" doesn't merely entertain; it serves as a lens through which readers can observe the cultural and societal shifts occurring during the Gilded Age. The emergence of the automobile as a symbol of modernity, the changing dynamics of courtship, and the evolving roles of women all contribute to a narrative that reflects the zeitgeist of the time.

Legacy and Contemporary Relevance:

While "The Automobile Girls at Newport" is firmly rooted in its historical context, its themes of independence, social exploration, and the pursuit of personal happiness remain relevant. Crane's work contributes to the broader discussion of women's roles in society, making it a compelling read for modern audiences interested in historical fiction with a progressive twist.


Laura Crane's "The Automobile Girls at Newport" transports readers to a bygone era of elegance and societal transformation. Through the lens of the spirited "Automobile Girls," Crane not only provides a captivating tale of adventure and romance but also offers a thought-provoking commentary on the evolving roles of women during the Gilded Age. As we delve into the lives of these pioneering women, we find a narrative that resonates with themes of independence, resilience, and the timeless pursuit of personal fulfillment.

Links to episodes of Immersion written and illustrated by Sarnia de la Maré FRSA, published by Tale Teller Club

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Tanar the Pellicudar by Edgar Rice Burroughs

"Tanar of Pellucidar" is a thrilling adventure novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, originally published in 1929. Set in the imaginative world of Pellucidar, a subterranean realm located within the Earth's crust, the story follows Tanar, a courageous warrior, on a perilous journey filled with danger and intrigue.

The tale begins as Tanar finds himself embroiled in the ongoing conflicts between various prehistoric tribes inhabiting Pellucidar. Caught in the midst of power struggles and tribal warfare, Tanar must navigate a treacherous landscape filled with exotic creatures, rival warriors, and ancient mysteries.

As Tanar endeavors to survive and make sense of the enigmatic world around him, he becomes entangled in a quest that goes beyond personal survival. The narrative weaves together elements of action, romance, and discovery as Tanar encounters strange civilizations, battles ferocious adversaries, and strives to uncover the secrets hidden within the depths of Pellucidar.

Throughout the story, Burroughs masterfully blends vivid world-building with the protagonist's heroic exploits, creating a captivating tale that explores the wonders and dangers of a fantastical subterranean realm. "Tanar of Pellucidar" is a classic adventure novel that showcases Burroughs' storytelling prowess and his ability to transport readers to imaginative and thrilling landscapes.

"Tanar of Pellucidar": A Pioneering Work in Adventure Fantasy and Its Enduring Influence


Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tanar of Pellucidar" stands as a pioneering work in adventure fantasy, contributing significantly to the genre and leaving an indelible mark on contemporary literature. Published in 1929, this novel takes readers on a captivating journey into the subterranean world of Pellucidar, showcasing Burroughs' mastery in crafting imaginative landscapes and heroic narratives.

Genre Innovation:

"Tanar of Pellucidar" falls under the umbrella of adventure fantasy, a genre that fuses elements of action, exploration, and fantastical settings. Burroughs' creation of Pellucidar, a hidden world beneath the Earth's surface, was revolutionary for its time, pushing the boundaries of speculative fiction. The novel introduces readers to a land teeming with prehistoric creatures, diverse civilizations, and uncharted territories, setting the stage for later works that would explore similarly imaginative realms.

Influence on Contemporary Literature:

Burroughs' impact on contemporary literature is evident in the enduring popularity of adventure fantasy. The immersive world-building and action-packed storytelling found in "Tanar of Pellucidar" have influenced subsequent generations of writers, particularly those within the fantasy and science fiction genres. Authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and later, modern writers such as George R.R. Martin and J.K. Rowling, have drawn inspiration from Burroughs' pioneering efforts in crafting intricate and fantastical worlds.

Heroic Archetypes and Character Development:

One of the enduring aspects of "Tanar of Pellucidar" is the portrayal of its protagonist, Tanar. As a courageous warrior navigating a perilous underground realm, Tanar embodies classic heroic archetypes. His journey, filled with challenges, self-discovery, and the pursuit of noble ideals, laid the groundwork for the development of iconic characters in subsequent fantasy literature. The influence of Tanar's character can be seen in the heroes of many contemporary fantasy epics, demonstrating the lasting impact of Burroughs' storytelling.

Legacy in Film and Popular Culture:

Beyond literature, the influence of "Tanar of Pellucidar" extends into other forms of media. The adventurous spirit and imaginative settings of Pellucidar have inspired filmmakers and creators in the realms of animation, film, and television. Elements of the novel's themes and visuals can be observed in various fantasy and adventure films, contributing to the enduring popularity of the genre in popular culture.


"Tanar of Pellucidar" holds a significant place in the annals of adventure fantasy literature. Edgar Rice Burroughs' groundbreaking work not only captivated readers with its imaginative storytelling and vivid world-building but also left a lasting imprint on subsequent generations of writers and creators. As contemporary literature continues to explore the boundaries of speculative fiction, the legacy of "Tanar of Pellucidar" persists, reminding us of the enduring power of inventive storytelling and the exploration of fantastical worlds.

Jan 19, 2024

Strata 12, Immersion V1, Shabra and the Basement People (Emotions)

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Welcome to Immersion, you have reached Strata 12

Most humans progress through life along a path created by the society and culture they are part of. Existentialism emphasises individual existences, freedom, and choice. Machines are essentialists, focusing on the inherent nature or essence of things and the belief in fundamental, unchanging truths.

Emotions are vital to help humans learn and make decisions. Feelings are experienced constantly from birth to death. A new born baby is emotionally involved with its mother as soon as it understands she is a valuable source for food and comfort and the emotional attachment is immediate.

Emotions, for humans, are an essential part of being consistent, being part of a social group, and staying safe.

Androids have successfully been programmed with 'visceral-like' responses but these are mimicked, not intrinsic. Androids are trained to respond to their owners fears and happiness as they are unable to understand emotions themselves, for themselves. These models are generally trained to respond to human physical alterations such as odours, sweat, pupil changes, vocal idiosyncrasies etc, and to respond as if they are their own. We could call this 'fake empathy'.
Automatic robotic vehicles do not fear the crash, they simply know that a crash is not desirable in terms of their interactive function, and the ongoing success of the job in hand.

'We should get some *infon on any *preds, Shabra said, thinking hard about the best time of night to get to the *edge, which was renowned for tribal and gang flash points

Renyke asked the POS to translate.

It would seem that Shabra is gathering helpful information to aid our journey

Renyke was uncertain what to do. This feeling was becoming all too familiar and quite at odds with his hitherto programmed assuredness.

'You coming or what?' Shabra asks from outside the car, leading the way to a set of stairs that led down into a noisy basement.

The robodog wagged its tail and sat importantly on the roof of the vehicle looking around and growling.

Shabra knocked on a large door and a camera was activated above them. They were being scanned.

The door opened suddenly and a large man with a long beard frisked them before allowing them entry.
Renyke, not used to any sort of frisking in his past life, was sensing increasing anxiety.

The POS was idle.

'Welcome brother,' the guard said to Flex. 'Are you well?'

'Fine, just fine, my friend,' Flex answered, 'We continue unabated to live another day *vilarev.' 

Both men laughed convivially whilst Renyke wondered what had amused them.

They enter a meeting place, some kind of bar. It is thick with smoke, the smell of *nibs, sweat, and the streets. 

A woman approaches chanting poetry with her arms outstretched.
'The sun shines bright when you let in the light, welcome my sister of the night.' There is more convivial laughter.

She embraces Shabra and they exchange warm greetings. Excited to make new acquaintances the woman beckons the group to sit at a table.

'Ah, come, come my friends. I have a perfect place for you to sit and please, be my guests at the bar.

The woman beckons a member of staff 'Let's have liquor.' she says, 'bring my best for my new friends.'

Renyke asks the POS for details about the venue, the location and the owner but it makes little sense.. unavailable..... scrambled information

'How come these places aren't mapped?' Renyke asked Shabra.

'Mr Renyke, you ask too many questions. 'Hiding is surviving.'

'Yes,' interjected Flex, 'and we move, we move often. The key to freedom is movement.
Nothing is permanent. Only your lungs and your heart. Only your breath and when that's not permanent, you're dead and you're ready for the *metamorph.

'And we know not where that will take us for certain.'

Renyke checks the POS which is active again.

.....Urchs believe in various spiritual concepts but nothing is written down. Oral traditions and faith seem to be passed from parents to children.
They believe in the existence of dissatisfied or pained ghost like entities from the future. 
Urchs believe that death is not the end, merely a manifest alteration referred to as the third life. This third life is fiercely protected with love because hate manifested in individuals will be carried to the next life.

They also believe that hate is so powerful that they it can control what the unborn will do in the future.  Hate becomes a circular energy that rotates between past present and future, forging an eternal and devastating cycle of ruin across several dimensions of existence. The dead are responsible for the living, the living are responsible for the future born. To follow this mantra of enlightenment and love is the only certain way to ensure human success.

.....Urchs also believe that taking drugs or mind altering ingested compounds will help them understand what is 'real real' and that the stresses of daily existence mask these realities and render them misunderstood. Urchs believe that getting high enables them a greater understanding of reality and even an ability to meet the entities or ghosts of the future and to realise their path to enlightenment.

'We shouldn't stay here too long, and you shouldn't get high,' said Renyke, looking at Shabra who is drinking the free liquor.

'You are so uptight Mr Renyke.' Shabra winks.

There is a brief conversation between a man and Shabra that Renyke cannot understand.

The POS has lost signal so Renyke turns to Flex.

'What is this dialect?' he asks.

'Ah, that is *zonespeak, with some colour changes for the Urchs. We have our own code see.'

Shabra rises, 'Let's Go! I think there is some trouble around tonight.'


Outside a small urch child sits on the bonnet of the car.

'Can I come too?' the child asks excitedly.

'No man, This is grown-up stuff. Come see me tomorrow, now *fucksyoff.'

The child jumps off the bonnet, hugs Flex, and runs away

Various people try to offer them drugs. Another offers a selection of weapons. 

Finally they are all in the car and they drive to the underpass through a thinning crowd. The child appears again on the bonnet, facing forwards and singing with a fist raised.

'No sweat,' says Flex, 'we will get him off the other side. He does no harm, annoying is all.'

Suddenly there is an almighty bang and the child on the bonnet is shot. Its guts are all over the windscreen, blood drips down the glass and the crowd scarpers.
Everyone on the street is screaming.

The POS engages

.....99% likelihood of robbery, ambush, death alert!

There is a man in front of the car pointing an AK47 at Shabra's head.
Two other men flank the vehicle and bang rhythmically on the windows.

'Bastardos gang aint getting my *vicular.', shouts Shabra.

to be continued

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Dec 27, 2023

Unveiling Secrets: A Journey into "That Affair Next Door" by Anna Katharine Green

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Mystery and intrigue have always captivated readers, and one classic piece that stands the test of time is "That Affair Next Door" by Anna Katharine Green. Published in 1897, this novel takes us on a thrilling journey through the world of crime and investigation, offering a glimpse into the societal norms and expectations of the late 19th century. As we delve into the pages of this gripping tale, we uncover the secrets that lie behind closed doors and explore the brilliant mind of a pioneering female detective.

Anna Katharine Green: A Trailblazer in Mystery Writing:

Before diving into the intricacies of "That Affair Next Door," it's essential to recognize the author, Anna Katharine Green, as a trailblazer in the mystery genre. Born in 1846, Green was one of the first American writers to venture into detective fiction. Her works laid the foundation for future generations of mystery writers, and her skilful storytelling paved the way for iconic characters and thrilling narratives.

"That Affair Next Door": Unraveling the Plot:

The novel opens with the discovery of a murder that takes place in a quiet neighborhood. The protagonist, Miss Amelia Butterworth, is not a detective by profession but a keen observer and amateur sleuth. Green's choice of an unconventional detective adds a unique flavor to the story. Miss Butterworth's sharp intellect and astute observations lead her to become entangled in the investigation of the mysterious affair next door.

Green skillfully weaves a complex plot, introducing a range of characters with motives and secrets of their own. As Miss Butterworth delves deeper into the case, she navigates through the intricacies of 19th-century society, uncovering scandalous affairs, hidden motives, and societal expectations that serve as a backdrop to the murder mystery.

Themes and Social Commentary:

"That Affair Next Door" not only serves as a riveting mystery but also offers a glimpse into the social norms and expectations of the late 1800s. Green uses her narrative to comment on the roles and constraints imposed on women during that era. Miss Butterworth's character challenges the conventional expectations placed on women, portraying them as more than just passive observers.

The novel also explores themes of deception, betrayal, and the façades people put on to maintain societal standing. As the layers of secrecy are peeled away, readers are confronted with the harsh realities that lie beneath the polished veneer of high society.

Legacy and Influence:

Anna Katharine Green's "That Affair Next Door" has left an indelible mark on the mystery genre. Her innovative approach to storytelling and the creation of a strong, independent female detective paved the way for future writers like Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. The novel remains a testament to Green's ability to craft compelling mysteries that transcend time.


"That Affair Next Door" is a timeless masterpiece that continues to captivate readers with its intricate plot, well-drawn characters, and social commentary. Anna Katharine Green's contribution to the mystery genre is undeniable, and her legacy lives on through the pages of this classic work. As we immerse ourselves in the world of Miss Amelia Butterworth, we are reminded of the enduring allure of a well-crafted mystery that transcends the boundaries of time and societal norms.

Dec 20, 2023

Books by the Tale Teller Club Publishing Network, hand picked classics and podcast journals by iServalan

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20 Dec, 2023 - 14:56

"The Awakening" by Kate Chopin: CH 2 A Timeless Masterpiece in the Canon of Female Literature for the best classic adult book collections
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"The Awakening" by Kate Chopin: CH 1 A Timeless Masterpiece in the Canon of Female Literature
All episodes at I am very excited to be serialising this famous book today at the Tale Teller Club Publishing Podcast Station. This week's serialised book over on my podcast is "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin: A Timeless Masterpiece in the Canon of Female Literature Introduction: "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin, published in 1899, stands as a groundbreaking work that has transcended time and remains a significant part of the canon of female literature. Chopin's novel, considered controversial in its time, delves into the complexities of female identity, societal expectations, and the pursuit of self-discovery. As we explore the enduring relevance of "The Awakening" in the realm of female literature, we uncover its profound impact on feminist discourse and its timeless exploration of the female experience. Breaking Societal Norms: At the heart of "The Awakening" is Edna Pontellier, a woman who defies the conventional roles assigned to women in the late 19th century. Edna's journey is one of rebellion against societal norms and expectations, particularly those imposed on women by a patriarchal society. Her awakening is a symbolic act of breaking free from the shackles of societal expectations and discovering her own voice and desires. Female Sexuality and Independence: Chopin fearlessly addresses female sexuality in a time when such discussions were considered taboo. Edna's exploration of her own desires and the awakening of her sensuality challenge the prevailing Victorian ideals of female purity and subservience. Chopin's narrative is a celebration of women claiming agency over their bodies and desires, paving the way for future generations of female writers to explore and articulate their own experiences. The Struggle for Self-Realization: Edna's journey towards self-realization mirrors the broader struggle faced by women in a society that limited their roles to wives and mothers. Her awakening is not just a personal transformation but a symbolic act that mirrors the broader feminist movement seeking equality and autonomy for women. Chopin's portrayal of Edna's internal conflict resonates with women across different eras, as they grapple with societal expectations and strive to define themselves on their terms. Impact on Feminist Discourse: "The Awakening" has played a crucial role in shaping feminist discourse, inspiring generations of writers and thinkers to explore themes of female autonomy, identity, and empowerment. Chopin's unapologetic depiction of a woman's journey to self-discovery has provided a foundation for feminist literature and continues to be a source of inspiration for contemporary feminist writers. Conclusion: "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin remains an enduring masterpiece in the canon of female literature, tackling themes of female identity, sexuality, and autonomy with unprecedented honesty and courage. Its relevance persists, serving as a timeless exploration of the female experience and an inspiration for those who seek to challenge societal expectations and define themselves on their terms. As we continue to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of gender dynamics, Chopin's work stands as a beacon, reminding us of the importance of women's voices and the pursuit of self-realization.
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Episode 125 - Tale Teller Club Show Teeth Whitening Vaseline Allergies Hand Poke Tattoos and the New Book Lovers Podcasts with Sarnia
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New Horror Collection at the Tale Teller Club with daily short stories and easy reads by Sarnia de la Mare FRSA
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Episode 120 - Tale Teller Club Show Getting Inspired Not Being Censored Woke Art Freedom of Speech Angry Protests and Making Facebook Pay

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Episode 119 - Tale Teller Club Show Eradicating Facebook Feeling Like A Grown Up Artist Rights to Free Speech Twitter Erotica

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This is a recording of Venus in Furs, by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch by volunteers. The framing story concerns a man who dreams of speaking to Venus about love while she wears furs. The unnamed narrator tells his dreams to a friend, Severin, who tells him how to break him of his fascination with cruel women by reading a manuscript, Memoirs of a Supersensual Man.

This manuscript tells of a man, Severin von Kusiemski, so infatuated with a woman, Wanda von Dunajew, that he requests to be treated as her slave, and encourages her to treat him in progressively more degrading ways. At first Wanda does not understand or relate to the request, but after humouring Severin a bit she finds the advantages of the method to be interesting and enthusiastically embraces the idea; though at the same time, she disdains Severin for allowing her to do so. (Summary from Wikipedia) Librivox project page: For more information, or to volunteer, please visit
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The Box Tunnel by Charles Reed from Love Stories Volume 2 Tale Teller Book Club

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens Chapter 16 Study Notes and Texts read in English for Tale...

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Dec 19, 2023

Strata 10, Book of Immersion V1, Dinfant Trouble (Synthetic Love)

Welcome to Immersion, You Have Reached Strata 10

Social norms and culture cannot be underestimated in a world that accepts robots as real and lovable synthetic creatures. Humans do not experience love in the absence of culture and society. In a world where perfect companions are easily manufactured, humans have been seduced by the machine, a synthetic digitised force that enabled the switch from 'otherness' to 'sameness'. In this space, love is seen to flourish. The creators of androids are able to synthesise the alterity of the robot which seems to make its own decisions to commit, to love back, and to appear to do so willingly.

We are the abandoned The ones who roam

Never still, we search for home

We are the orphans of the night

We fly the High Roads and duck the low

Through floods and Fire

We cry the songs of the gypsy choir

Dinfants are androids who look like babies and children under five. They were made by a single manufacturer who patented them in the early 22nd century. They were designed to learn, like human children, extremely quickly. It was found however that the early Dinfants (Mark 1s) would not stop learning and legislation was brought in to have them destroyed. One thousand early manufactured Dinfants are still unaccounted for.

Many humans in the Midcast Projects were lonely suffering from various forms of infertility They wanted baby or child droids, especially the *dinfants, who were exact copies of real children designed with variations and specifics to order. These androids were children who never grew up.

Housekeeping droids were generally not created with a capacity to eat, although they often had tongues that were covered in tiny sensors that were able to identify flavours and poisons. The sensors were not linked to memories in the way that humans were.

Infants, like adult droids, were easy enough to replace or upgrade but some parents had needed counseling for Dinfant-Loss Depression.

*DLD was a rising concern due to its increased prevalence and its effect on the workforce. It was found that humans could easily fall in love with the outer casings of the dinfants as well as the constructed personalities. Something almost unheard of three generations prior.

But the outer coverings didn't last very long, especially if there was an active physical relationship. Ten years of feeding and playing would take its toll on the fabric of the dinfants. If the parents could not afford repairs, they would soon begin to look tatty.

Of course, this also applied to adult droids who would usually be upgraded on a regular basis.

Droid manufacturers often offered ongoing upgrades as part of a rental scheme.

But some humans fell in love with their droids and had blessing ceremonies. It was not legal to marry a droid because of the financial implications following the death of a human. Legally, droids had similar rights to human children. It was illegal to inflict violence on a droid in public. This was to protect children who may be susceptible to influence. Of course, what goes on behind closed doors was a private affair, provided human children were not presenting behavioral issues.

Some antique droids lasted the test of time but legislation had been brought in to avoid the hoarding of defunct androids as they posed a threat to contemporary society, for various reasons. There were issues with battery seepage for a start, and then problems of unsupervised regeneration which was actually a serious crime in the midcast projects.

The government gave upgrade vouchers for defunct or redundant droids and would supervise destruction in centralized plants.)


'Get that freakin thing outta here will you!'

A man screams to no one in particular.

The house is a standard build from the early Midcast Zone villages. Clean, white, filled with contemporary fittings and technologies.

A child enters the room.

'Mommy. Kairo is following me's really annoying. And Daddy said we should throw it away. Let's get a new one Mommy, please. My friend has one like a twin sister. One with the hair that grows back so she can cut it and play hairdresser.'

The woman sighs.....'I suppose we don't need it anymore now you have real friends. I thought you wanted a *ponybot, even better than a sister, don't you think?'

The woman strokes her child's cheek and remembers how lost she had been when they first told her it was unlikely she and her *blessed would produce a human offspring.

The Mark 1, a Dinfant, made by the Metacoms Corporation, was a perfect substitute and she had been able to focus love and attention on it. It was a copy of a four-year-old and she had ordered a blue-eyed blond version like her blessed. It was such a good copy that most people were unaware that it was not a human child.

But the software was no longer being updated and the learning algorithm meant it had become too complicated for a convincing child substitute.

Also, the Dinfants, by design and default programming, craved love and attention and the Mark 1s' constant need for love was an irritant to busy parents. The Dinfants would constantly ask for cuddles and reassurance that their owners wanted and adored them.

The Mark 1 enters the room.

'Mommy, do you love me? Shall we have a little cuddle? Can you fit me in? Mommy, please, Kairo has a lovely snuggle for you Mommy. Mommy.....

'Shut up,' screams the woman as the father enters the room and kicks Kairo hard.

The Dinfant lies on the floor crying loudly with a broken arm.

'Please Mommy and Daddy Please, Kairo needs cuddles, please Mommy and Daddy ...please, love for Kairo, please......'

The little girl holds her hands to her ears shouting, 'It's so annoying!'

The man picks Kairo up and turns his power switch off.

'Let's get rid of it. Put it in the garage. I will sort out a collection for it tomorrow,' said the woman.

The man takes the Dinfant outside but decides to put it in a liner and into the communal waste shoot. The shoot serves 100s of dwellings, no one will trace it back to them and he can say it was stolen from the garage. He is concerned about the breakage as it will affect the insurance. It is better to make a theft claim than to have Metacom say he had damaged it on purpose.


A man tinkers in a workshop. He is observing the collection of children and babies that are hung on the walls as he cradles a new package, as yet unopened.

'Well my little lovelies, one of you must go. I have a lovely new friend who is going to join us for fun and games. Her name is Mary.'

The man, wide-eyed and excited, unwraps the new child droid.

'Well, ain't you the prettiest lil girl I ever saw?' he says touching her skin.

'And don't that feel just so real'.

The Droid replies, 'Hello Daddy. I'm such a daddy's girl,' she chuckles.

The man looks around the room.

He picks up a toddler droid, a Mark 1 copy of an eighteen-month-old baby boy.

'Well Daniel, I guess I am all done with you. You are a bit small after all.'

'But daaaaaaddd....yy.......I loooov.

The man opens the back of the droid's head and takes out the battery pack.

He places the incapacitated droid in a bag and under darkness deposits it into a waste unit in the public park.


There is a black cloud above and rain falls on a large mountain of waste.

Another load is released from the grabber and two droids land together in an accidental embrace.

The larger droid, a Mark 1 Dinfant is activated during the fall. It has a broken arm that swings beside it.

'Are you alive? it asks the smaller droid?

Dinfant illustration from Immersion by Sarnia de la Maré FRSA

There is no reply.

The larger droid opens the baby's head and observes the interior structure. It lays the baby down gently, 'Wait here, I will be right back.'

The droid returns with some battery packs from old mobile phones and some old drill bits, tools, motors, and other paraphernalia from around the tipping area.

The rain is getting heavier as the night falls.

Under the convenient shelter of a car boot cover the larger droid gets the baby working and fashions a new arm with a metal drill for a hand. It has also a motorised catapult for the top of its head which rotates and fires nails at great speed.

'My name is Kario,' says the larger droid.

'I am Daniel' says the baby boy droid.

The children cuddle each other.

'I love you Kairo'

'I love you, Daniel'

'We are in a very dangerous place,' says Kairo. When dark deepens we must find safe haven. Soon we will need a home to call our own. But I have learned that humans are not to be trusted.'

They hear a sound, a child cries.


Shabra ignored Renyke's appeal to stop and lets go of the clutch. The vehicle leaps forward towards the street beyond the enclosure.

Maybeline holds on to the rim of the car door.

The Dinfants on the top of the vehicle fall off shrieking and scrambling around.

One of the Dinfants runs headlong towards the fast travelling car and clicks its fingers erecting some kind of screen that is almost invisible. Although it is not a solid barrier, more like a gluey substance, it has immobilized the vehicle. The wheels still turn and Flex shouts,

'Damn, they got *epoxy-wall, we are doomed, farewell brethren.'

Renyke opens the window enough to let Maybeline in who moves sluggishly through the invisible slurry-like jelly and squeezes herself through the gap.

Some of the gluey-like stuff seeps in with her but it is semi-solid and connected to the entire transparent fabric structure in front of them. Renyke and Flex shove the squidgy lumps out whilst closing the window again.

'Ok, so you got your rat Mr. Renyke,' said Shabra, 'but we aint lasting longtime with this air in here and that epoxy-wall won't help us at all. I made this car airtight cos of the gases. That stuff is blocking my air-con vents."

Shabra turns the engine off.

The OS is out of range for help.

The Dinfants sit it out becoming unnervingly quiet.

'So what, now, will they sit and watch us die?' Asks Renyke.

'They want my wheels,' answers Shabra.

'This epoxy-wall, nice stuff if it's on your side. Shall we break some off? Might come in handy,' says Flex.

Shabra and Renyke tut.

Suddenly Maybeline throws herself at the horn. For the brief moment that it sounds, there is an immediate reaction from all the Dinfants who jump and cry whilst flailing their limbs about.

Shabra gasps, 'Ratty, you are welcome in the Shabra carriage! They hate the horn. Must be them there low decibels I used. Hold on to your hats people of the night!'

Shabra tells Renyke to engage the horn which explodes audibly out of Shabra's surround sound external speakers. The Dinfants are freaking out and running away dragging the epoxy-wall behind them.

Shabra, laughing, starts the engine slowly. She follows them gradually gaining speed out of the enclosure.
Flex is jumping around on the back seats screaming with delight. Renyke feels the thumping sensation in his chest subside and breathes a sigh of relief.

to be continued
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Dec 16, 2023

Strata 7, Book of Immersion V1, Jarome and the Scritters, (Trade and Barter)

Welcome to Immersion, you have reached Strata 7

flying insect fantasy futurism sci fi Immersion illustration
Humans have developed uniqueness from animals through a process of cognitive evolution.
They are exceptional cultural learners and can read situations. These skills have enabled them to develop complex trading tools. They rely heavily on these skills to create abstract cerebral and linguistic representations when placing themselves in various environments.

The cultural and socio-political environment in which humans have evolved has led them to acquire the cognitive skills, particularly mathematical, to support a sophisticated disposition and capacity for reciprocal cooperation and conceptual ideas of property and exchange value. Humans are savvy, humans broker deals.

Outside there was an optimistic sun and the people bussied around the market unaware of any of the commotion that had occurred in the bank.

The POS informed Renyke that he had lost negligible battery power and there was no damage to his mechanical structures.

The robodog came towards Renyke and the female guide's cat leapt onto her shoulders.

Maybeline returned to Renyke's pocket for a nap.

'You got my Bits?' asked the woman

'Go to Hell!' said Renyke, counting the contents of the steal.

'We already in Hell Soldier Man,' cackled the woman who resigned herself to not getting paid and ran into the crowds, as lithe as the cat

Back on the main street Flex approached, smiling and jaunty. Renyke felt reassured to see him.

'I need a vehicle Flex, something to get me to where I am going,' said Renyke.

'Yes, yes, yes Mr. Leather Man, where you going is where I'm going. Let's find a veee-hicle. Jerome, he is the car man, he got cars, and bikes and scoots..... and copters, and airships so they say.'

'Take me to Jerome,' said Renyke.


Flex took Renyke into a disused concrete building as the robodog curled up and waited outside.

There are the echoes of voices, activity and motor engines being revved from another part of the building. There is a smell of fuel and mumbled communications. Somewhere too there is music.

Flex beckoned Renyke to Jerome's office, a ramshackle room filled with books. More books than Renyke had ever seen. Books were no longer used in most homes or schools and the paper shortages after the warmings had meant that they were no longer being produced. Paper had become heavily taxed and there were also problems with scritters.

Scritters were large crawling insects that had been made in a laboratory by the Russian military.

They looked deformed with big insect heads and metal body parts. At birth scritters are born with a soft back and they look for protection from any material that offers a hard shell. Because of the huge landfill areas the rubbish had provided the perfect materials for protection, plastics and metals mostly. During the Russia China wars scritters had been used to carry tiny incendiary divides on their backs as they could be trained easily and were not affected by the nerve gases. But after the wars, the scritters had bred like wildfire, devouring paper and trees and nesting in book spines where the glue offered a perfect cocoon for pupae. Whole libraries had been mutilated by them. They were a scourge on the planet and another reason so many houses were built on stilts in the Midcast Projects. The more paper they ate, the more they reproduced. Books and paper matter that had not been digitally copied had been devastated and lost forever.

'A car you say?' asked Jerome. 'I got plenty, but the fuel....we got no fuel. We are working on some alternatives, but all prototypes so far. They cut off our fuel after the riots. And the food supplies. I have been missing gummies, I loved those.'

Renyke nodded as Jerome continued....

'Transport is a big problem. You'll be better off walking, my friend, if you can get through the tunnels. But there are booby traps all around the perimeters here in the zones.'

Renyke checks the POS for details but the tunnels are unchartered. The POS seemed to be struggling with connection and was operating intermittently.

'I have a hybrid cart,' continued Jerome. 'It runs on solar but only for about 3 hours per full charge if you do under 40km. And if it is a cloudy day, an hour. I can let you take it for 3000 G-bits. It won't get off the ground without jet fuel but it can drive on flat ground well enough. It doesn't hold the road well, but if you are a good driver, it won't be an issue.'

'Can you drive?' Renyke asked Flex.

Flex laughed... 'Of course I can.'

A scritter crawls across the floor and Jerome stamps on it. A black tar oozes from under his foot.

Jerome sees Renyke might be changing his mind about the deal.

'I will take TELL You got some TELL?"

The POS gets a signal......

...TELL: abbreviation of Tellurium, found in copper ore. Used in mobile phones, especially older versions where it was added to other metals improving their strength and hardness and reducing corrosion. Rare due to demise of traditional copper mines.

Renyke begins to feel confused about how to get the vehicle and asks the POS for advice.

I am not programmed to have opinions, Renyke. I do not have access to data about the vehicle or the seller. But Redact is within walking distance.

Renyke looks at Flex and then at Jerome. A scritter is crawling up his boot and he throws it off with a kick. He feels a rising panic and a thumping in his chest which he does not recognise.

Finally, Renyke says, 'I will walk.'

To be continued
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