A short piece set in a society where pheromones are the primary means of interpersonal understanding, with facial expressions and body language no longer understood.
Jason Sanford. Sublimation Angels. A lengthy novella from Sanford which had the slight misfortune to be read immediately after a string of stories from Dozois’ latest Years’ Best, and not quite living up to that very high standard. The story reads more like a Young Adult story, as it whips through a story with a [...]
Gregory Benford. Naturals. Dawn is a young girl with an untouched genotype of great vintage. She has been brought up by a Meta, a large group of adults who share the parenting function, who have a less ancient genotype but whom are still Originals – people with virtually no connection to external machine intelligences. As [...]
Paul Di Filippo. Bare Market. A Charles Stross story from early 2000 (‘Bear Trap’) had a punning conclusion to a far-future information commodity trader yarn. Here di Filippo has a nearer future scenario, in which the world’s financial and information markets are managed by an intriguing and delectable babe. (No surprises there, PDF!) The babe [...]
Greg Egan. Dark Integers. A sequel to the well-received and Dozoised (13th) ‘Luminous’ from Asimovs, Sept 1995. According to my mini-summation of that volume : “Massive computing power is used to probe mathematical certainties. And if 2+2 does not equal 4, then what does that mean for the fabric of the universe? Maths was never [...]