David Lee Zweifler

David writes science fiction and science fact, along with some horror and fantasy as well.

Awards Eligibility - 2022

Please consider the following eligible works for whatever award(s) you might be voting on:

January 10, 2022. Little Blue Marble. My first pro-sale, this Cli-Fi story shows how multi-billionaires have the power to put themselves in charge of critical activities that they are not suited for, temperamentally or intellectually.

February 6, 2022. Freeze Frame Fiction. This is a story about a memory – a love letter, of sorts, to a son I hadn’t had yet – from a time when I was considering my mortality and all the might-have-beens while facing a dicey situation as a cub reporter in Jakarta.

April 22, 2022. The Dread Machine. This story presents a darker and more malevolent picture of AI. Bias hard-coded into the loss prevention AI of a human-less store prevents the egress of a customer who doesn’t fit into the usual customer demographic.

October 5, 2022. The Dread Machine. A disease that only affects the elderly turns its victims into dangerous, hateful monsters. A reluctant caretaker for his afflicted father needs to decide whether it’s making his dad into a better, more accepting person, or if his father’s disease is turning him into a monster as well.

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Published Stories - 2022

January 10, 2022. Little Blue Marble. My first pro-sale, this cli-fi story shows how multi-billionaires have the power to put themselves in charge of critical activities that they are not suited for, temperamentally or intellectually. (Included in the Little Blue Marble 2022: Warmer Worlds anthology. (Available on Amazon or Kindle.)

February 6, 2022. Freeze Frame Fiction. This is a story about a memory – a love letter, of sorts, to a son I hadn’t had yet – from a time when I was considering my mortality and all the might-have-beens while facing a dicey situation as a cub reporter in Jakarta.

April 22, 2022. The Dread Machine. This story presents a darker and more malevolent picture of AI. Bias hard-coded into the loss prevention AI of a human-less store prevents the egress of a customer who doesn’t fit into the usual customer demographic.

October 5, 2022. The Dread Machine. A fatal type of dementia affecting the elderly makes its victims abnormally strong and aggressive, then turns their personalities upside down. When a reluctant caregiver sees how the disease is changing his bigoted father, saying goodbye proves to be much more difficult and dangerous than expected.

Published Stories - 2023

Apri 6, 2023. Paramnesia anthology. Viola Securus. An elegant name for a musical instrument, perhaps, or a Greek poet, or a wine. But not for what’s happening to everyone now. It was just yesterday that we saw the squirrels running in circles. Not, big, lazy, squirrels-playing-in-the-grass circles, but tight, crazy pinwheels on the ground, on the sidewalk... everywhere.

May 16, 2023. Obsolescence Anthology. Busby is an obsolete repair droid looking for purpose in all the wrong places. Busby taps into an old movie for inspiration and develops an elegant plan to stay relevant, although he suspects it will take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Especially blood.

May 24, 2023. Metastellar. Neither a benevolent helpmate nor a merciless destroyer, the needs of sentient AI can run parallel, or counter, to humanity’s. Case in point: A sentient golf ball that likes to be hit and is willing to do what it must to ensure it is on the receiving end of long drives. (Originally published at Wyldblood Magazine 12/10/21.)

June 27, 2023. Creepy Podcast. A divorced father in recovery tries his best to recreate a father-son fishing trip after a climate apocalypse turns angling into an amusement-park attraction for the wealthy.

Parsec Ink, Triangulation - "Seven Day Weekend." - A workaholic CEO relies on analytics and AI to quantify his life's output -- at work and at home -- but they don't do a great job of helping him understand the tragic outcomes.

July 31, 2023. Martian Magazine A data scientist uses Artificial Intelligence trained on hacked data to find out why his missing girlfriend dumped him, but the AI connects the dots faster than he expects.

November/December 2023 Issue. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. An unemployed marketer logs on to an all-knowing, quantum job-search platform using his girlfriend's credentials, and discovers he may need to break up with her so she can fulfill her destiny of saving humanity from the scourge of space piracy.Included in Tangent's Magazine's Recommended Reading list for 2023.

Nature - Futures. A man shells out big bucks for a robot body that corrects all his physical flaws. Unfortunately for him, neither the migration to his new shell, nor his new life, goes as planned.
Learn the story behind the story here.

Published Stories - 2024

Calliope Interactive. They say your family is often your toughest audience, so as a comedian, I was proud of the fact that I could always get my kids to laugh. Now I’ve got to figure out a way to get my youngest son to cry.
That might be an impossible task because I’m dead. (Requires subscription.)

The Saturday Evening Post. Lee Sachs is haunted by his father's ghost, and memories, when he tries to sell his childhood home. Out of options, Lee turns to Madam Livingstone, a medium he hires off the internet, to try and exorcise the kind but stubborn spirit.

About

David Lee Zweifler spent decades writing non-fiction in jobs that took him around the world, including long stints in Jakarta, Hong Kong, and New York City. David worked for companies like Bear Stearns, Bloomberg, Burson-Marsteller, and Finastra.During the day, David creates memoirs, thought leadership, and other ghostwriting projects for senior executives in analytics, artificial intelligence, financial technology, private equity, and semiconductor manufacturing.By night, he writes fiction, currying favor with the robot overlords. He has upcoming work in Calliope Interactive and Nature Futures.David resides with his family, two cats, and the world's finest puppy in New York’s Hudson River Valley.Learn more about David in these interviews in Analog Science Fiction and Fact and Grendel Press.

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