Rich Larson. Masked. (Asimovs July 2016)

asimovs1607A second story in a row with a single word title featuring a near-future projection of current issues.

Larson looks at the trend for online presence and the projection of an image of one’s self that is the one you want to project, rather than the one that actually exists, and the omnipresent social media, tagging and so forth, and sets up a future when that is what is actually seen in FTF.

He has two female friends visit a third friend whose online persona, and presentation, has been hacked and destroyed, and has therefore no option to go before the world as she actually is. Larson creates some believable language and jargon, and creates a nice little story.

More from this issue here.

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