I’ve got a piece of flash – Last Call – appearing today at Daily Science Fiction. The story is about baseball; about umpires and newspaper reporters and computers. And how some folks are attracted to their jobs out of love of the work, not a desire for money.
I am particularly pleased with this story. It’s very near-future science fiction. All the elements are there; human arbiters are already using high-resolution cameras and computer tracking to make final judgments on disputed calls at first, second and third base. And television networks show viewers whether or not pitches were in the home plate strike zone — after the human umpire’s call.
Technology has a way of pushing forward, whether or not people want it or not. Like Pandora’s Box, once opened it’s difficult to put things back and ignore potential changes. And not everyone benefits from such changes. Buggy-whip manufacturers come to mind.
I hope you enjoy the story.