“Never thought of you as the blank broker type,” Daniel said, when he had stopped laughing and Rachel-7 had stopped cursing.
“That’s offensive,” she snapped. “And I didn’t have any say in the matter.”
“I know. … Ha.”
“It’s also not funny.”
“You being human is very funny,” he said, holding back another laugh.
Stuck On: Blank brokerage
From A Human’s Dictionary of The 28th Century (Now with Black Hole Detection)
Blank brokerage: Noun. Slang for any medical procedure in which an artificial or organic lifeform (the blank broker) voluntarily transfers his, her, or its mind into an organic body (the blank).
Though minor malfunctions have been reported, historically the procedure has been simple, painless and completely reversible.
Blank brokerage differs slightly from mind duplication, wherein a copy of a sentient’s mind is placed in the blank.
It is important to note that, in blank brokerage and mind duplication, no life is extinguished by transfer.
The blank, which is grown for the sole purpose of the procedure, is an empty shell.
Despite many popular virtuals depicting blanks suffering pain or fomenting rebellion, the blank – which can be grown in the shape of almost any lifeform – is no more alive than a cloned spleen.
[A note from the dictionary’s Edit-o-Tron 4500: In many galaxies, there is still a stigma associated with becoming an organic lifeform.
In those locations, “mind transference” is the politically correct term for the procedure. Some Meks and most Ayes find the phrase “blank brokerage” crass and insulting.]
[A note from the Author: Some Ayes – like Rachel-7 – find the whole procedure crass and insulting.]
[A note from the Humbolt Sector Judiciary Department: Involuntary Blank Brokerage is a serious crime. If you or someone you know has been forced into a blank without your consent, please notify your Sector Representative.]
[A note from Stuck Station’s Edit-O-Tron 4500: This "Stuck On:" has too many addendums. A rewrite is strongly suggested.]