Wednesday, September 9, 2015

No Placeholder for You, My Love, by Nick Wolven

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Claire meets a handsome older man at a dinner party held in a virtual reality where something has gone subtly wrong. (9,000 words; Time: 30m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Recommended
Recommended By: GDozois:5 NClarke

"No Placeholder for You, My Love," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 08|15, published on by .

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Beautiful description of a VR universe. Wonderful that the author doesn't attempt to explain how any of it works. We just accept it as it is. It all feels very real to us--even the climax.

The plight of the simulations, trapped in an abandoned VR forever, is haunting. And Claire's fate--to be trapped alone with no one to talk to all because she hesitated at the last moment--is equally haunting.

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