Chris Piccinetti provides a wonderfully literal cover image to go with this story title. Fortunately the story doesn’t feature beachball-sized floating eyeballs staring at an unbothered bovine. The story looks at the impact that an accidental rewiring of the brains of children whilst playing a computer game has – they lose their sight (or in fact choose so to do) but they are able to communicate on a much broader scale.
It’s an interesting conceit but doesn’t go quite as far as I’d have liked. What with The Midwich Cuckoos and Childhood’s End published around half a century ago, and myself having read them about 30 years ago, I’d have liked just that little more from the story.