Friday, July 02, 2010

new Mike Philbin fiction up at Decomp literary magazine

it's been a while since I had the compulsion to submit a story to a fiction market; the result is a piece in this month's DECOMP literary magazine. It's a 3,000 words prose piece called "Another Beautiful Day in the Corp".

You could say the original inspiration for this ditty came from James Cameron > Aliens > Apone who joyously, sarcastically describes life in the GALACTIC CORPORATE WAR MACHINE thus, "All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps! A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm. Every meal's a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I LOVE the Corps!"

Obviously, in this story, Another Beautiful Day in the Corp, the Corp isn't the Marines, it's the CORPORATION, but it could be translated to any faceless corporate role where you're nothing more than a statistical non-entity in the PROFIT/loss spreadsheet of a dividend-serving human-rape-jail.

You know, it gets no better than this.

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A brutal piece of corporate reality. I survived 19 years working for a major telecom. I ended that career as a programmer at the corporate campus (late 1980's). I won't discuss outsourcing, since I would probably segue into anarchistic rant.

A friend worked for "The Cockrel", a character whose name I will give as Melchor Mordor (to protect the undeserving). My friend was testing a program, and in the text section of what would be the dump, in the event of a failure, he had added: "Melchor Mordor sucks donkey dongs". When testing was complete, he changed the dump to print to paper, rather than a file. He forgot to remove the text. He also forgot to remove a debugging command, that made the program loop on the dump section in event of a failure. The following morning, The Cockrel was awaiting, with two boxes of fanfold computer paper. Repeated endlessly was the message "Melchor Mordor sucks donkey dongs."