Remote Control

Forget what you know about U.S. Border control.

Sisu Publications is proud to announce our first book, a short story by R. R. Angell titled Remote Control. The story first appeared in Interzone Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine Issue 216 in June of 2008.


The kid in Billings dropped his third round and was replaced by someone from Ontario, Canada. I terminated him immediately. Sometimes foreigners do get in, and maybe they squeeze off a round, but not on my watch. If one of them killed or maimed a runner, there would be all kinds of trouble. Like the training says, if someone breaks into your house and you kill them it is self-defense; a homeowner has the right to do that. They call it the Castle Precedent, and it changed the way we do everything. 

Only Americans patrol our borders. It would be illegal otherwise.

Notes from the author

Recent events have made me interested in getting REMOTE CONTROL out in the world again. I recorded the podcast and sent it along to Interzone Magazine for their podcast site, TRANSMISSIONS FROM BEYOND. TFB is still going, but the podcast of the story was taken down a few years ago. After all, the story was published in June of 2008. Oddly enough, it still reads fresh to me.


Don’t kid yourself. I once explained this story to an acting Marine Colonel at a cocktail party in 2010, a few years after it had been published, and he said, “That’s actually a good idea.” He turned and walked away leaving me a bit nervous. 
This story is about border and immigration control along the Mexican border. It’s also about gun rights. It’s about how all that can go really, really wrong and how we need to keep believing that good will surface in even the most unlikely places.

Where to buy it!

Amazon Trade Short Story Paperback link is here

Buy the eBook here (links to all platforms)

Cover design by Teagan Gavet