George RR Martin’s Neuralink Hacked, End of Book Series Spoiled
Future Fake News - January 6, 2037
SANTA FE, NM — Last week hackers gained access to fantasy author George R.R. Martin’s Neuralink brain-computer interface (BCI) and threatened to dump the data online unless they paid him $5 million ransom in Monero, the anonymous untraceable privacy-protecting cryptocurrency. Martin’s Neuralink data was rumored to include the manuscript for A Dream of Spring, the long-awaited yet to be published conclusion to his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series, the source material for the popular HBO television show Game of Thrones.
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Martin, now 89 years old, received the Neuralink implant in 2034 to aid his memory, brain processing power, and protect against the mental decline associated with old age. Neuralink chips are equipped with failsafe encryption that automatically changes the user’s passwords upon a data breach, therefore the hackers were unable to access any of Martin’s bank accounts—but they did retrieve the unencrypted data from his memory. The author refused to pay the hackers, believing their threat was a bluff, as he had not even written A Dream of Spring yet. The hackers subsequently dumped Martin’s Neuralink data online, and fans immediately began mining it for relevance.
Though Martin had indeed not written the final book of the series, his Neuralink data includes all his thoughts and memories. Game of Thrones fans and data miners were able to piece together the fragmentary ideas of what Martin was planning to write. They then fed the relevant data through GPT-6, the text-generating AI, which produced a novel in Martin’s voice. Some fans claim it feels like a second-rate pastiche while others say GPT is better at writing than Martin himself.
The data was also put through the Q-BRiC (Quantum Bits Rendered in Cinematography) AI that generates feature-length movies based on text prompts. A film version of A Dream of Spring was produced by Q-BRiC in the style of the original Game of Thrones TV series with deepfake versions of the same actors. There have subsequently been thousands of Q-BRiC fan-edits featuring alternative actors, directing styles, and plot points.
To respect the author’s privacy, we will not reveal the AI-generated spoilers or link to the hacked novels or videos, but the A Dream of Spring GPT books and Q-BRiC films are easily searchable online. Though the AI-generated ending diverts from the one portrayed in the HBO series, reactions have been just as divisive. Despite the leak, Martin insists he is still writing A Dream of Spring—which will be the official version of the story—and plans to publish it sometime in the near future.
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