Rudy Rucker and Eileen Gunn. Hive Mind Man. (Asimovs, February 2012)

Excellent collaboration which looks just a few technology steps into the future. It starts nicely domestic, as a young woman just out of one relationship hooks up with a young dude who she knows is certainly not going to be humdrum – he can’t even hold down a barista job. He’s hooked up to the net, social media savvy (+1) and looking for the big break. It seems like a squidskin shirt will give him a computational edge, but he gets much more than he anticipated, as they both do.

The relationship is handled well, giving the right balance between the tech element and the human element.

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