James Patrick Kelly. Declaration. (Asimovs March 2014)

asimovs1403A group of teens are doing home work – rewriting the American Declaration of Independence, as they are in the mood for revolution. Being SF, and being James Patrick Kelly, the teens are doing this in virtual mode, leaving meatspace behind to represent themselves through their digital avatars.

And in the case of the brother and sister team, one is quite, quite different in ‘real’ life. Up against school, their parents, and restrictions on just how much time they can be in virtual space. The brother has a particularly good reason to eschew his physical form for the one his avatar provides, and there are decisions to be made, and trust to be put in place, to move forward.

More from this issue of Asimov’s here.

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