Last Man Driving is a science fiction short story about one man’s struggle to keep driving the old-fashioned way in a future where self-driving cars are the norm and only a stick-in-the-mud idiot would consider turning off his autonomous vehicle’s computer. Technology, though, isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be, and a stubborn old fool might be old but he’s not always wrong.
It was published as part of the first issue of Mundanities Magazine by Nomadic Delirium Press in February 2019.
Here is the blurb for the magazine, including the reason for its title:
Mundane science fiction does not imply boring science fiction. Quite the contrary, mundane science fiction simply means fiction based on plausible science. How can sf be interesting without aliens and interstellar travel, you might ask…well, Mundanities answers that question with five fantastic stories that are based on very realistic science.You get the start of the second American revolution, a man refusing to give up his rights to technology, genetically engineered animals, genetically engineered athletes, and a prison system gone very wrong. Far from boring, these stories will have you thinking “what if?” And isn’t that really the point of science fiction?
Publisher: Nomadic Delirium Press
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Editor: J Alan Erwine
List of Contributors:
Eamonn Murphy | Mike Morgan | WC Roberts | Lisa Timpf | Benjamin Norris
Fun with Names (and Settings):
The main character is called Ulric Baumann. His last name, Baumann, means neighbor or fellow citizen. Since his struggles with technology are something everyone faces, I wanted him to have a name that suggested he was just like us. Ulric, though, is simply a cool-sounding name of Germanic origin.
The setting for the story, Bluegrass, is a town not far from where I live in Iowa. I’m always trying to reference the general areas where I’ve lived in my stories! In this case, chalk up another mention of Iowa.
Last Man Driving takes place in Winter. Yes, an Iowan (Iowegian) Winter really is as cold as I describe, believe me.
Click here for an alphabetical listing of all of my professionally published short stories.