Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Loving Grace, by Erica L. Satifka

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In a near future where all work is automated, a man's wife is drafted to be "employed" by the system, and he struggles to find meaning in life without her. (3,781 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Recommended

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 108, published on .

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An interesting take on the post-employment concept. Although the machines do all the work, they don't really do it all that well. Instead of a utopia, it's a totalitarian state. The realization that his wife is still watching him--and willing to do away with his new girlfriend--is chilling but logical.

Somewhat reminiscent of With Folded Hands, by Jack Williamson, except this world is even worse.

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