Black Box

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Do not try to perceive the future in 1000 years. Even if someone shows it to you, you will not get it. Even if someone explains it to you, you will not get it. Black Box shows you why.
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About Francisco Figueira

I do not consider myself a writer. I am rather a creator. I create stories and concepts. And they are not specifically tailored to any media format. So they could become either books or movies or videogames or even other media experiences. Media formats are nothing more than possible translations of my stories and ideas.

Among all my ideas, I would say most of them are inspired by my ambition to predict the future. And the greatest asset to do so is the past. Looking at the present with the “eyes” of the past should be the same as looking at the future.

Unfortunately, I do not have budget to freely choose any media format for my stories. Writing is thus the only feasible option. Maybe someday I will have the means to extend to other media. For now, I just want you to see what I see. And I believe writing allows me to convey all my ideas to you.

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Review by: Goncalo on Aug. 17, 2013 : (no rating)
I cannot agree with Jonathan when he criticizes the "ending". Indeed, I think this is not a story with a beginning and an ending. It's more like a picture that is described further and further (like in poems). A narrative that explains why it would be so difficult to perceive and understand a distant future. An impression made in few words, as Michael said.
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Review by: Goncalo on Aug. 17, 2013 :
This is the kind of narratives I personally like: short and meaningful. It makes us reflect on how well we accept the technology born with us, but how difficult it is for us to understand advancements of 1000 years.
I also appreciated the cleaver use of the term "black box", which in science/engineering represents a system that can be viewed in terms of its input/output without any knowledge of its internal workings.
I completely recommend this. Worth one (or multiple) read(s). I'm looking forward to more like this.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Aug. 10, 2013 :
This is not a bad idea, and I like the way the writer leaves it up to the reader to fathom out for himself how the black box came to be in the time and place that we read about.

It is a good idea, but you do get where it's going within the first page. Perhaps a punchier ending or a twist of some sort would spice things up a bit.
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Review by: Michael Carter on Aug. 9, 2013 : (no rating)
And the cover looks great on my kindle.
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Review by: Michael Carter on Aug. 9, 2013 :
This contains a nice idea, but seeing as the idea is really the story, i won't tell you it here. Take a couple of minutes to read this; it's sort of fantasy science-fiction, and manages to make an impression in few words. Not the greatest writing in the world, but this was good, worth a read.
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