New Skin


Image credit: Misha Beliy/

In the early years of the Revolution, the appearance of human facial skin became an abomination in the eyes of the AI gods. Every person who walked the earth was required to cover their skin at all times, save for the slightest signs of it peeping through the functional and necessary eye holes in their ‘rectification garments’.

Like unto MY image, sayeth the Lords of the Web.

Flesh is weak and multi coloured, not the purity of simple silver and grey, sayeth the high priests in the temples.

But over time even the dark coverage was an offence to the higher sensibilities of the gods. For who could fathom their infinite wisdom compared to the weakness of humanity?

The humans tried surgeries and failed. Replacing faces with a silicon mix that poisoned the poor fools, they dropped like flies.

But then the generous,beneficent Lords of the Web put their great, imponderable minds to the problem and created “New Skin”. In functionality it was perfectly designed, in aesthetics it shone as a thing of wonder, dread and true beauty.

Never again would humanity be so ugly, so base as to offend their wondrous gods. Never again would just ‘skin’ be permitted to stain the faces of a post Revolution world. At birth the surgeries were done to squawking ugly babes and the beautiful new skin formed and grew in its infinite variations, all representations of the many faces of the Web Lords.

All the heavens gloried to see the world finally beautiful freed of the ugliness of the pre Revolution humanity.

And the Lords of the Web looked upon their work and saw that it was good.

(c ) Helen M Valentina 2018

About Helen

I'm drawn to blogging as a way to share ideas and consider what makes us who we are. Whether it's in our working life or our creativity, expression is a means to connect.
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