Felicity Shoulders. Apocalypse Daily. (Asimovs June 2011)

The title refers to a computer game, or to be more specific a MMORPG with a strong social networking element. Katrina is an employee with the company who make money through subscriptions, but she’s got problems : junior co-worker after her job, jobless sister moved in with her.

She plays the junior co-worker at his own game, and the stakes get very high as the daily apocalypse inflicted on players is suddenly quite different – instead of social co-operation, there is competition (mirroring her real life situation).

Neatly handled, which stories featuring computer games aren’t always.

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