Science fiction writers from across the globe are meeting in Los Angeles today to discuss the implications to their craft, after the 'god in the machine' developed a fault last weekend.
'It started making a strange knocking noise on Friday afternoon,' admitted Byron J. Stevenson, editor of sci-fi anthology magazine Stargrazer. 'And by Saturday I was inundated by complaints from contributors, all unable to resolve their complicated plot arcs and mythos cycles by the timely arrival of some alien or other.'
The Writer's Guild of America is also joining the debate after a number of would-be Hollywood blockbusters were pulled from pre-production. 'I was expecting Arnie to come crashing in on a gigantic CGI robot and save the day in my latest movie,' complained one screenwriter, 'but all I got was this weird squeaking, followed by a clonk, and then nothing.'
Experts are investigating the problem, although even television writer and Deus ex Machina connoisseur Russell T. Davies is said to be baffled. 'We're not sure what the problem is yet,' the former Doctor Who bigwig admitted, 'but we're confident that something will come along soon and pow! All this will be sorted out for us.'
(Any sci-fi fans willing to pep this up a bit are more than welcome to chip in!)