A tired figure, sitting at a desk. There’s a spark-light overhead; the glass is slightly warped, and it sends odd twists of light across the room. The figure has one headphone on and their chin resting on their hand. The other is holding a pencil, resting on a sheet of paper. They’re listening. Waiting for messages to come through.
Communication. Morse code. Voice. Sending messages down the wires, under the sea, through the mountains, across the continent.
What would trigger an upgrade to sending voice, and how would that change the system? How would the increased network of cables extend the range, and how would people use it? What role would our tired operator play in the new system?
And as a sideline, voice recording…sending music across the world.
Possibly book 9, no title yet!