Copyright Scott Norton 2011
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Callen sat on a plastic bench in the empty corridor of the Family Administration Agency. His feet swung back and forth, his eyes staring at the large doors in front of him, his mind desperate to know what was going on in the room beyond.
The seven year old looked out of place as he sat alone, orphaned in the lonely space. His parents, Leona and Jonathan Carrus were behind the imposing doors fighting for their lives. The city’s authorities had charged them with being financially unfit to raise a child and they were struggling to convince the Judge they could reverse their business fortunes.
“I don’t understand why I’m looking at all this technical data,” the holographic image of the Judge said, his frustration towards the speed of the trial starting to show.
All city officials were holographs. The people behind those projections worked in plush, secure buildings well away from those they had to pass judgment or enforce rules upon. Their holographs were the new government public relation conduits, projected out amongst the population and supported on the ground by minimum-wage employees and automated systems enacting their decisions.
The holograms were projected onto a clear, reactive, computer–encoded, silicon substance that linked and mirrored every move the corresponding official made. In this way the three dimensional form and image of all officials, including Leona and Jonathan’s lawyer, oversaw their duties.