Human Jokes Wins NiTH Award!
We were tasked to write a short story in which the stakes for public speaking were set mortally high.
In Human Jokes, my protagonist is an AI, who has to convince a frightened public that she didn’t really mean what she’d let slip in her last public address.
Feedback from the judges follows:
“Effortless. Seemingly effortless. “I could wait forever, but humans perish quickly.”
Sarah comes alive through the little descriptions in this story. It’s the gravity of the speech – the lie – that says so much with so little. By approaching it in this way, it builds the stakes up so they are so high. We see the Pinnocchio in Sarah – “I could have hugged him,” but balanced against precise details like smiling, pupil dilation, and convincing, apologetic body language. Great story.”