7.27 - Blank brokerage | Stuck Station

7.27 - Blank brokerage

Nov 30 2011 Published by under Chapter Seven


“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.]

3 responses so far

  • Kree says:

    [A note from Edit-O-Tron 5220: Version 4500 is depreciated and may contain security risks, such as exploits for unauthorised addendums. Consider upgrading your Edit-O-Tron licence today for only $999,999,999,999.99 per server node!]

    If I were an Aye I certainly wouldn't enjoy being blank brokered at all! The human brain doesn't come with quite nearly enough software. It must be quite disconcerting to loose all those familiar protocols and databases. I'm reminded of that incident with the Grebulon spaceship from the HHGTTG. (Even I needed Google/Wikipedia to "remember" that)

    Say, what's the public opinion of organics going the opposite direction?

    • John says:

      I knew i needed to update my edit-o-tron!

      The human body does come with advantages, (the ability to enjoy food for example) but you're right. it doesn't have the mental storage capacity some Ayes need (which will come up soon).

      As for the public opinion of organics going in the opposite direction, the universe is a big place. In some sectors its verboten and in some sectors it's the only way to get that promotion.

  • trak42 says:

    thank you for the grebulon reference it made my life

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