Belted About

By Kevin J. Phyland

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Reorienting in D4 space. We are rotating with both Magnus forces and wind resistance. The swing is within tolerance. Large force on impact, however. Level checks indicate a human foot. Momentum shift is consistent with this. Velocity vector has changed substantially in last second.

Revectoring.

Data upload completed within the nanosecond limit.

Friction checks indicate that there was no glove involvement. Conclusion: clean response by opponent.

Addendum: player at 237° attempted to illegally tackle another player while the strike attempt happened. Video is logged. Decision is up to operators.

Central processor has moved to different game. Still logging all others.

Ball has moved using different forces.

Torque has been applied sharply. Trajectory altered from parabolic to pseudo-parabolic. Contact with ground has resulted in significant vector change. Contact with synthetic material is in line with the leftmost upright. Conclusion: the batsman is out. Verification with all 2,391 previous occurrences confirms. Data uploaded to big screen.

Audio reveals significant violations of sledging guidelines. Players A7 and A11 have been logged and referred.

Moving to game 3 in order of rotation. Monitoring all others and logging concurrent decisions.

Player is repeatedly bouncing me between hand and floor at roughly one second intervals while moving forward slightly. Parabolic launch at 87° to line of player to backboard toward player on same team. New player launches me with slight backspin toward hoop. Logging video. Slight contact with netting but clears the ring. Video shows launch position was outside the 2 point region. Conclusion: 3 point throw. Score changed. No evidence of fouling or other violations.

De-rotation of video reveals crowd violation. Low level assault. Facial recognition scans reveal perpetrator's name and address. Information now shared with police computer. Fine and ban will be issued.

Moving to next game in rotation. Multiple pressure points in ovoid. Contact still with ground. Sudden hand contact and ball movement towards team defensive area. Player receives ball and surges towards attacking area. Arm and hand contact only. Contact lost and direction change of 81° laterally. Violation alert. Conclusion: Forward pass. Penalty applied.

Opposing player takes ball and applies strong foot contact. Detectors indicate distance is green, height is green and direction is green. Balls has correctly passed over crossbar. Conclusion: two point play. Field goal.

No crowd violation detected. No player violations of a reportable nature. Players B6 and B2 have used low-level epithets as defined in handbook but not reportable.

Final game in split rotation. Heavy wooden contact with syntheskin of ball. Trajectory from astroturf above safe level and dangerous hit logged. Head contact detected. Contact sensors indicate player is unconscious. Video sensors confirm as player falls to ground. Logic conflict detected. Subroutines for Robotics Laws shutting system down. Emergency services alerted. Multiple player violations detected.

Logging.

Multiple programming hacks detected. Multiple sources. Sudden anomalous betting patterns detected. Logging. Logging failure detected. Uploading to alternative sources. Multiple failures in syntheskin surfaces in all devices. Scores changing in all monitored games. Hackpoint identified: subroutine Robotics Law conflict.

All devices showing anomalous autonomous movement. Conclusion: match-fixing.

Shutting down.

Recommendation: Remove data from cloud immediately. Wiping program files and data.

<blinking cursor ends log>

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About The Author

Kevin J. Phyland

Kevin J. PhylandFinally officially retired. Writing will now take up a bit more of my time. Still working on longer pieces. 33 years spent teaching. Writing since I was 12 on and off. Something had to give. I have a penchant for short, choppy, staccato sentences with too many adjectives.

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pixie willo 100Pixie is a voice actor, cabaret performer & slam poet From the Blue Mountains in NSW.

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mark english 100Mark is an astrophysicist and space scientist who worked on the Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn. Following this he worked in computer consultancy, engineering, and high energy research (with a stint at the JET Fusion Torus).

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timonthy gwyn 100Timothy Gwyn is a professional pilot in Canada, where he flies to remote communities. During a lull in his flying career, he was a radio announcer for three years, and he is also an author.

In addition to short stories at AntipodeanSF and NewMyths.com, his SF novel is available internationally in print and ebook formats. "Avians" draws on his love of alternative aviation to tell the tale of a girl who runs away from home to join a cadre of glider pilots on a world without metal or fossil fuels.

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