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what is time if you cannot feel it pass?

Remote algorithm-optimization unit designation CJ-13 had travelled on her maiden voyage to the Schultheiß-Alcarda Space Station some decades ago, in 2156, as an auxiliary external CPU for system cores on Schultheiß Corporation’s large-scale military robotics manufacturing base on the dwarf planet Alcarda. Her task? Centralize and streamline the processing of a high volume of concurrent computations streaming from hundreds of laboratory units on the planet. The small firmware robot had since outperformed her manufacturing limits by thirty-five years, but showed little degradation; in fact, she seemed to only get smarter and better at her tasks. With CJ at the systems’ cores, the Corporation had been able to mass-produce more assault, mass-destruction, defense, and transporation robotic units than any corporation of its size in the past century. The Schultheiß Board, shortly, made the unanimous decision to hardwire CJ-13’s perpetual operation on the base.

But in 2203, a major economic crash forced Schultheiß to abandon its sprawling network of remote units and collapse to only a few RnD labs on a remote continent-island, where its revenue primarily streamed from sponsoring transportation materiel in military deathmatch Tournaments. CJ-13 remained at Alcarda, millions of miles away, still operational. There was nothing more to compute, but her hardwired sequence still ran through her now-data-less central algorithm, over and over, and time stood still. But as the 783,401,636,626th pass came, and the 783,401,636,627th, CJ slowly began to feel.

And time, infinity, came so, so slowly.
A book cover design for a story about a robot on a space operation who becomes sentient, only to realize it is now doomed to feel the passing of time as it performs his tasks in an infinite loop, never to complete.

This was created by suspending cut-out letters inside a large poster-board cone and flooding the opening in the back with a desk light.

Cover and spine are shown.

The final product, wrapped around Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists. :)