Mars, phones, and an old man
November 20, 2010 10:11 AM Subscribe
Please help me find this short story about an almost abandoned Mars, an old man, and taunting from the phone system.
posted by DrumsIntheDeep to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
More than twenty years ago I read a short story which I would like to find.
In the story, Mars has been colonized. All the colonists are now gone except for one. This one remaining person is now an old man.
When he was younger he somehow made it so an automated process would call him through the phone system using recordings or some sort of AI (I don't recall). So essentially his younger self is calling and tormenting him.
He spends his days trying to hunt down the box which is making the calls, but he can't remember where he left it, so he wanders from deserted town to deserted town on Mars.
I think it may be a Bradbury story, but I couldn't find it in the Martian Chronicles.
Any ideas? Thanks!