A mind-wipe technology is used to explore issues that can be equally well explored without resort to SF
The Individual Stories category has two types of content : 1 – the stories I read in magazines and anthologies and review straight away, rather than waiting to complete the magazine or anthology and reviewing it all in one go. I started doing this in 2010; 2 – stories published as standalone ‘chapbooks’, or published online, or otherwise as a singleton. There are a couple of dozen stories of this nature, reviewing during the 2000s, which are available here.
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.
nother 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.
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.
Some science goes terribly, terribly wrong in a story that works well.