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Remote Control – a short story

by Bob R R Angell

Forget what you know about U.S. Border control.


The U.S. Border is now secured by a wall of remotely controlled gunbots. American Citizens pay to operate them through apps and hope to score a hit during their watch. Today, something else is logging on to help.

Short story originally published in Interzone Magazine, issue 216, June 2008

About the Author

Bob R. R. Angell (he/him) is a queer writer whose short fiction has been published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Interzone, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, The Baltimore Review among others, and anthologies such as: Stress City: A Big Book of Fiction by 51 DC Guys; Best Date Ever: True Stories That Celebrate Gay Relationships; Compelling Science Fiction: The First Collection; Queer Sci Fi anthology RENEWAL. His LGBTQ YA VR AI science fiction romantic thriller, "Best Game Ever: A Virtuella Novel," published in May 2019. Free stories, interviews, and more at