Tech Seminar – Alastair’s Photo Fiction: 14Jul13

Written for Alastair’s Photo Fiction. Story begins after the photo.

Genre: Speculative Fiction/Historical
Word Count: 150

Copyright – Alastair Forbes

Tech Seminar

“Your lodging, sir,” said the driver.

“Oh what a quaint old castle!” Beamed Johnson.

“Yes it is. Only the best for attendees of the seminar.”

“Goodness.” Johnson grinned. “When Google puts on a tech seminar they really go all out.”

The driver looked askance. “I’m not sure what you mean by ‘google’ but yes.”

“Aha, you’re staying in character. I get it. I mean this ornate carriage pulled by an actual horse, and that costume of yours must have cost a pretty penny. Impressive!”

The driver squinted. “Ah yes. The master does equip us well.

“And there was the glowing doorway at the hotel, and outside everything is like a Dickens fair. A fabulous counterpoint for the latest technology we’ll be seeing.”

“I seem to recall this ‘Dickens’ fellow. At any rate, I understand Mr. Michael Faraday has an impressive demonstration of something new.”

“What’s that?”

“He calls it ‘electricity.’ ”

Author’s note: Michael Faraday is one of the early experimenters with electricity, creating one of the first electric motors. More about him here:

Each week on Sunday, Alastair Forbes presents a photo of his and encourage us, anyone, to write 150 words or less with the photo as a prompt. Anyone and everyone is invited to join the veritable fountain of creative ideas. Get your writing noticed! The week’s prompt may be found here:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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19 Responses to Tech Seminar – Alastair’s Photo Fiction: 14Jul13

  1. Gabriella says:

    Very well-built dialogue! Very funny too.


  2. Penny L Howe says:

    Ah, a tech. seminar. Not far off the mark, if one really thinks about it – in essence anyway! This was great! And as always a bit of a romp! 🙂


    • EagleAye says:

      It’s a tech seminar, just a very early one. What a shocker to the poor guy. No cell phones, no internet. The culture shock could be devastating to Johnson. I hope he made out alright.

      Thanks so much for the visit and the kind words!


  3. yarnspinnerr says:

    and Faraday retorting to the unimpressed PM of England – you would tax it yet, sir.

    Good One 🙂


  4. lewis cave says:

    How did people come to ‘Know’ things before google anyway? Sorry I get distracted easily, great story.


    • EagleAye says:

      I still wonder about that myself. It seems implausible anymore thinking about a time before knowledge resided at your fingertips.

      Thanks much for your thoughts. 🙂


  5. nightlake says:

    Poor Johnson. Where has he landed? The electricity is yet to be discovered in this ‘world’. Wonder he would manage to get out..


  6. zookyworld says:

    Neat jump from Google to Faraday for a tech seminar. So many possibilities to go from here… would Johnson talk with Faraday and show him a Blackberry and tell him of the future?


    • EagleAye says:

      I think he would show him, and that would definitely let Faraday know he’s going in the right direction. The reaction from Faraday would probably be priceless.


  7. Thanks for the Dickens Fair mention, and nice story.


  8. misskzebra says:

    There’ll be no Google glasses at this tech seminar.


    • EagleAye says:

      Yup. That’s what he was expecting from the beginning. But if he knows his basic electricity well enough, he could really wow them at the seminar. Kinda like a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.


  9. RoSy says:

    Ha – Love it!


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