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.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), his (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).