Electronic Story Teller
Collection of Short Stories Written by AI
by Paul Lima
Electronic Storyteller is a collection of short stories written by
Artificial Intelligence (AI) based on concepts, plots, and characters
that I developed. Not only did AI write the stories, it even came up
with the title for each story.
The stories are relatively brief but something happens in each of them
and that something is mostly resolved. AI had a habit of writing
moral-of-the story or all-lived-happily-ever-after endings, without
using those phrases. In many of those cases, I tried to create endings
that felt more complete. This often meant that I had to tighten up the
resolution and connect it more strongly with events that occurred
earlier in the story. And yes, there were times when I would expand
those events as doing so strengthened the ending.
At times, I liked how AI had started the story but did not feel it
headed in the right direction. I had no qualms about moving it in a
different direction. However, when I did so, I maintained AI's
characters and the essence of its tone and style. Sometimes I even
pasted the story as it had been written in AI, suggested a different
direction, and let AI edits its own story. Then I did a final edit.
In short, this has been a true collaboration between man and machine. I
worked on the stories as any editor would. Some stories underwent a
fair amount of editing. Some stories underwent a modest amount of
editing. In addition, as the publisher, I rejected a couple of
stories--but not that many. AI kept a stiff upper lip and continued to
write stories for me!
A number of the stories in the book are somewhat written in the style
of published authors. For a couple of stories, I simply asked AI to be
the original author and place itself in the story. I don't think it
will be difficult for you to figure out which ones were written by AI
Why have AI write the stories?
I was curious as to what AI could do when it came to writing fiction.
For the most part, AI has succeeded, although AI does more telling than
it does showing. Still, AI comes up with solid plots and interesting
characters, and even several intriguing plot twists. In addition, the
stories flow well and are technically strong.
by Paul Lima
The Curse of Millfield
Spirits of the Land
The Backdoor Key
The Silver Cube Savior
Damp and Dreary Evening
The Deadly Evening
Guardians of the Village
The Necessary Companion
Obsession and Shadows
The Secret of the Magical Academy
A Tale of Hope and Redemption
The Con Artist of Mariposa
The Glimmer of Light
A Spark of Rebellion
The Drifter's Garden
The Algorithm's Interference