A mind-wipe technology is used to explore issues that can be equally well explored without resort to SF
Chiang was never a prolific writer back in the day, but his stories (at least as far as I can see) are now as rare as hen’s teeth.
Another smoothly handled and clever story from Larson, and TBH I was surprised to read in the editorial intro that Larson is only 23 years old – he writes like someone twice his age.
A story from a new(ish) writer, new to F&SF, and a writer new to me.
Fiction this issue from Pat MacEwen, Charlotte Ashley, Brian Trent, Albert E. Cowdrey, William Leadbetter, Ted Kosmatka, Rich Larson, Allora & Calzadilla and Ted Chiang, Joseph Tomares, Susan Palwick, Yukimi Ogawa. Reviews underway.
Larson creates some believable language and jargon, and creates a nice little story.
Takes a look at a very near-future where everyone is using filters to modify their newsfeeds, and the problems caused by the near omnipotence of the newsfeed filtering software.
A clever structure, mix of human and societal analysis, and an altogether different type of First Contact.