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"With its first step, the machine stopped and stood upright in place."

The First Run is a Web Original Hard Science Fiction Short Story by H-M Brown. It is written as a fictional article about the first ever test run of a piloted giant robot in New Jersey. Set 20 Minutes into the Future, the reporter undergoes culture shock when traveling to the farmlands of Southern New Jersey and meets a pair of brothers who created the giant robot. From there they share their theories and ideas to the reporter before making the historic attempt.

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"Here there be spoilers!"

The First Run contains examples of:

  • Applied Phlebotinum — The prototype runs on a experimental 12-stroke battery/engine hybrid that runs on saltwater.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism — The Reporter really didn't believe there were farmlands in New Jersey.
  • Homemade Inventions — Scraps from junkyards, trucks, telecom stations, old fighter jets, all recycled.
  • Humongous Mecha — The prototype.
  • Joisey
  • 20 Minutes into the Future — The fake article was written on August 15, 2023.
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