Tom Purdom. Day Job. (Asimovs April/May 2015)

asimovs150405Len is a young man with some personality issues, a techie just a bit too far into the autistic spectrum to be able to relate with others comfortable, and consequently hold down a job or a relationship. He seeks help, and the story unfolds as a psychiatrist attempts to help him with his lack of empathy and emotional control, through counselling, although there is a more invasive medical solution as an option.

As the story progresses we find out more about Len, and his (altogether nastier) alter ego in immersive video games, a much darker character, and the tension racks up, and the psychiatrists monitoring his behaviour (and that of many others) may need to come to the rescue of the damsel in distress.

An altogether unpleasant main character.

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