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What if there was a microchip that could be implanted in your child's head which would generate an imaginary friend for them? What if the friends stayed after the chip was removed? What if you stopped denying that you're intrigued and download the story already? More
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About Gabriel Archer

Captain Gabriel Archer, IX, Ph. D., Esq. is a world-class lothario. There is a high probability that he slept with your wife or - if you are a beautiful woman - you. Mr. Archer is an expert marksman and can shoot an a amoeba off a fly's head. He practices law in NYC for fun. He is the first sword of the Empire. He endorses self-reliance over political candidates. His hobbies include your wife (or, quite possibly, you, Mrs. Dear Reader); writing realistic magicalism, a genre he single-handedly invented with co-author and sidekick, Jack Canaan; creating fictitious and utterly true autobiographies; and breathlessly staring at the mirror.  He has an advance doctorate in armchair philosophy and has spent years learning to make armchairs from Buddhist monks high in Himalayan mountains. He looks striking in a tuxedo.  Although warned many times not to,  he went there. He also discovered Martha's Vineyard in 1602. 

Sir Jack Canaan ibn Hatzel, Sr., M. D. is a world-class lotahrio.  There is a high probability that he slept with one of the women you know, or - if you are that woman  - you. He is so pleasant that imaginary friends invented him for company. Dr. Canaan has worked for every single intelligence agency in the world, often double- and triple-crossing himself to the point that he remained loyal. He is a veteran of the First Angelic War and the Second Lebanese War. His hobbies include pleasing dear readers; writing realistic magicalism, a genre he single-handedly invented with co-author and sidekick, Gabriel Archer;  ripping wings off angels; and unmasking hypocrisies. Ancient Canaan is named after him.  He once had a date with destiny, but stood her up in favor of ménage à trois with fate and karma. He does everything better naked.

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Review by: James Jenkins on Dec. 15, 2013 :
Well written, and fun. I see several other works, going to get some more now.
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Review by: David Blake on April 25, 2013 :
I hate this short story.

I hate it because it's so well written, constructed and has such a good premise that I'm jealous that it's not MY work.

It's not the first time I've been impressed by a Gabriel Archer tale. Darn, I'm going to have to tag him as one of my favourite authors...
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Review by: Francis W. Porretto on Oct. 17, 2012 :
It's got a couple of spelling mistakes in it, and you need to brush up on the proper use of the apostrophe. So what? This is one of the most imaginative SF stories I've read in many years.

The hell of it is that if the IF chip were commercially available, the level of demand for it would shatter all previous records. The iPod and iPhone would pale in comparison. And I'd say that in that bleak recognition lies the ultimate value of this exceptional story.

Very well done! And for your personal pleasure, I recommend to you "The IS Shop," by the equally imaginative Michael Summers, also available here at Smashwords.
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