"One-Click Banishment" is a 2010 speculative fiction short story by Jeremiah Tolbert. It is about a super-natural hacker who gets caught by (and ends up helping) a magical organization.
Have you ever played D&D and roamed through the Astral Plane? I have, and that is part of the reason that I find this story – which deftly weaves I.T. with magic – to be so compelling! So give it a try, and if you are someone who likes genre bending mash-ups then you’ll probably enjoy this fun little tale!
Hidr is an old-school hacker who specializes in powerful defensive sprogs. (That’s a spell program for all you n00bs!) When the Magical Association of Atlantis exploits his one weakness (nerdy redheads!) and incarcerates him Hidr suddenly finds himself more agreeable to co-operating with them. It seems they are trying to catch a hacker who runs a banishment web site, and they want Hidr to get past the defenses. He joins up, but it doesn’t take long before he realizes that there is more going on here than meets the proverbial eye. Oh, and something about frying bigger fish too!
Some Interesting Tidbits
- Word count: 7,780 (13 pages)
- Did you know that Jeremiah Tolbert has a Bachelors degree in Biology? Yep. You can learn more about this speculative fiction author on his web site.
- Special thanks to Free SF Reader for pointing me towards this cool story!
Where To Find One-Click Banishment
- This story was first published in the short story anthology The Way of the Wizard
- You can read "One-Click Banishment" online for free at John Joseph Adam’s web site.
Craving More SF Stories Like This One?
If you liked "One-Click Banishment" then you might also enjoy “Down on the Farm” by Charles Stross – about a special agent who goes to a mental institution to investigate a strange plea for help.