The story from @mrmoth has a bit of a Black Mirror feels to it, something which starts out a bit light-hearted but then starts to swerve rapidly towards Sinister Town, Population: A Terrifying Robot.
This story is about jobs. It is also about the ever increasing likelihood that they will be taken over by computers and/or robots. It is a dark echo of a potential future. It also includes on of my favourite sentences to grace SFSwap thus far: Describing human endeavour as “the sheer fucking persistence of a species of hairless fucking disasters.” That sentence is a real keeper.
This is a fairly short story, that is told as a back and forth. But for all its brevity, it doesn’t half hit hard. After I finished reading it I sat quietly mouthing “Daaaaaaaamn” to myself. Dark, sinister and mysterious themes: these are a few of my favourite things.
This is a dark one. Dark to the point of deliciousness. Like that fancy organic, fair-trade chocolate that comes in those boutique cardboard packets. A little bit of mad-science and lashings of CONSEQUENCES make for a good read.