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Call Me Murph by Mike Wood

This is a guest post by Monta Fleming.

“Call Me Murph” is one of the creepiest short science fiction stories I have ever read. Not because it has monsters or aliens. It doesn’t. Not because the plot is twisted or shocking. It isn’t. But the idea behind it is so close to a possible, horribly terrifying, version of the future that I couldn’t help but shudder.

The idea is simple: people get paid to change their name. Imagine a world full of people named Shell Oil Jones or Motorola Smith. This is advertising on the most basic level. Read More