Robot Insects Invade Finland

The invasion of Finland by giant robotic insects has taken an ugly turn with reports of forestry workers being swallowed whole. The unfortunate victims are visible through the insect’s clear head/stomach and look strangely industrious even while being slowing digested.

The six-legged freaks march through the forest like locusts, eating trees and unwary John Deere employees with an unsightly single mandible erupting out of the top of their head. Witnesses have reported surprising agility. Pursuit is difficult; the beasts leave no tracks. Green and black with yellow highlights on the mandible, the menace threatens the forestry industry with their automated efficiency. Experts worry that it is only a matter of time before the workers are gone. And after the robotic insects take over Finland, will they set their malicious sights on the world? Stay tuned.

Richard Leis

Richard Leis

Richard Leis (he/him/his) lives in Tucson, Arizona where he writes poetry and fiction, attends and teaches writing workshops at the Writers Studio Tucson, and works for HiRISE, a team in the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona with a camera in orbit around Mars onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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