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By A. Lee Martinez

Even in Empire urban, a city the place bizarre technology is the wish for the following day, it's tough for a robotic to make his means. It's even tougher for a robotic named Mack Megaton, a hulking computer designed to convey mankind to its knees. yet Mack's now not attracted to global domination. He's only a bot attempting to get through, attempting to show that he isn't simply an automatic smashing computing device, and to earn his citizenship within the strategy. it's going to be as effortless as crushing a tank for Mack, yet a few bots simply can't capture a break.

When Mack's acquaintances are abducted, Mack units off on a trip in the course of the darkish alleys and glowing skyscrapers of Empire urban. alongside the best way, he runs afoul of a conversing gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife, a bit eco-friendly mob boss, and the key conspiracy on the middle of Empire's founders—-not to say extra difficulty than he bargained for. What began as one lacking family members turns into a conflict for the way forward for Empire and each citizen that calls her domestic.

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Most appeared in the website archive, but were later removed based on this final public review. As you read the tales contained herein, keep in mind the lengthy submission process, and the care with which each gem was culled from dozens of competitors and honed to its current form. LAW ENFORCEMENT: CRIME DOES PAY 21 DARWIN AWARD: CONVINCE THE JURY Confirmed by Darwin 16 JUNE 1871 Proof that the only good lawyer is a dead lawyer. Clement Vallandigham was a well-known Northern Democrat who campaiged for states’ rights during the Civil War.

Case closed! All people improve the gene pool, some by birth, some by their demise. LAW ENFORCEMENT: CRIME DOES PAY 41 HONORABLE MENTION: SHORT ARM OF THE LAW Confirmed by Darwin MAY 2002, PAKISTAN Lack of judicial restraint leads to a judicial error. Usually it’s the criminal, not the judge, who attempts to take himself out of the gene pool. But not in this twist on a familiar tale! A man accused of possessing a hand grenade challenged police to produce it at his trial. When the police brought the grenade into the courtroom, the defendant claimed it was not real.

Shots fired, shots fired—I’m hit,” a police chief radioed to headquarters. The fifty-two-year-old officer reported that he’d been shot in the leg during an incident that began as a routine traffic stop. He had pulled over a rusted Chevrolet missing its license plates, but before he could emerge from his police cruiser, the driver had opened fire and put a bullet through the windshield. The suspect then charged the chief, who was shot in the leg during the ensuing struggle. A statewide manhunt was launched to locate the gunman, described as a white, bearded male, six feet four inches tall and weighing 195 pounds.

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