I went back and read a few stories from each entrant on the list, looking for characteristics in writing style, composition, vocabulary, etc. It must be the diagnostician in me. It was also a fun exercise. I guess I got lucky a few times.Congratulations Peter V, I thought the story was hilarious. On a side note I'm in complete shock by having one vote let alone three. Also I am extremely thrilled that Johnnie thought I wrote A Legacy Assured, it was a very good story, hopefully Farntfar doesn't take offense to the idea of me writing it. Last but not least great guess Elvet what gave it away?
D'ohNow, about my effort and why it didn't work
I think I was too involved with the back-story and didn't get it across, and I was probably relying too much on everyone's knowledge of early 19th century British history
Here's the back-story...
Nearly 800 years in the future mankind has lost the ability to reproduce and relies on artificially intelligent androids to manufacture replacement humans, also known as carbon-based machines.
However, the latest developments in carbon-based machines means that a method of self-reproduction has been found, meaning the manufacturing androids will no longer be needed.
Needless to say the androids, whose only purpose is to manufacture, aren't too happy as they will become obsolete, so they sabotage the carbon-based machines, despite such actions being in contravention of the law (Asimov's First Law).
In order to prevent more destruction the government brings in an emergency Act carrying with it the android equivalent of the death penalty - deactivation.
The android that first broke its programming was Limb-Unit / Design-Droid, known by its acronym LUDD. This de-programming spread to other manufacturing androids who collectively became known as the LUDDites
Hence, it's all just a little bit of history repeating.
Thank you for your time