Being dead has moved with the times.

In 2022, everyone has an auto, a personal assistant which acts like a digital version of you. But what if your auto doesn’t get switched off after you die?

These unliving autos continue to interact with families and friends, comfort those left behind and keep their histories alive. They’re an online backup of an entire life.

When Janine Kinglake visits her parents’ graves, she expects them to be resting in peace. Not for her father’s auto to have such frightening plans for its own future…


Backup is a 10,000 word short story and is part of the Auto series.

Backup was first published in the anthology A Splendid Salmagundi, produced by the Goodreads UK Amazon Kindle Forum.


“In 2022 everyone, according to this short story, will have an Auto. A digital version of ourselves that supersedes even the mighty Facebook that helps us run our social lives. This is great, and I think it won’t be too long before something similar exists in the real world too. Some say this fictional future world is scary. I say bring it on and tell me where I can get my Vades™!”

“The idea that you can continue conversation with deceased loved ones via a futuristic smartphone programme & enter virtual reality rooms with them sounds a comforting place to be producing less of a wrench that death brings to us in our present day.”

“This is the final of 3 David Wailing’s books I have read this weekend. Talk about saving the best ’til last. This was so good it brought tears to my eyes. I would give anything to see and hear my dad again. Lucky Janine I thought whilst reading this. It sounds so far fetched but does make you wonder if in the future???”

“It is a very clever story that is extremely well written, that really leaves you thinking “that could be possible one day” which is the beauty of David Wailing’s whole Auto series – he takes a look at our online lives now and then fast forwards 10 years into the future and comes up with his vision of how we will be communicating, which sometimes seems extremely good and something you can’t wait to embrace but on the other hand has some very sinister undertones indeed.”