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mowriter
March 29th, 2011, 05:08 PM
Omni magazine, most likely the late 70's. The narrator is recounting how the computer entrapped them all into a sort of virtual reality, though they were physically trapped in that space. The narrator confesses he mercy killed the last survivor other than himself, a woman, possibly with a large icicle.

He mentions the computer RAGING at him, causing typhoon winds, heavy rain, thunder, but at the end of the story the narrator speaks of having the satisfaction of keeping the computer from "winning," from keeping the rest of them trapped. I also remember his saying how his eyes were hollowed out empty sockets (not sure if that's metaphorical or literal in the story).

Reply at mowriter@gmail.com if you know the title. Would like to read it again.

Hobbit
March 29th, 2011, 06:35 PM
"I have no mouth but I must scream", Harlan Ellison?

LINK. (https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/I_Have_No_Mouth,_and_I_Must_Scream)

Not Omni though.

Mark

mowriter
March 29th, 2011, 07:01 PM
WOW...that was QUICK. Thank you so much for cluing me in on that story. The blob aspect of the narrator I took to mean metaphorical, being so ground down, psychologically. Now to go find the story and re-read it.

I will never post here again (LOL, JK).

Hobbit
March 29th, 2011, 07:33 PM
No problem: we try to do our best. :)

Mark