Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Nothing is Pixels Here, by K.M. Szpara

Lightspeed Magazine, June 2015; 4,200 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Ash enjoys his life in virtual reality, but lately he's got a strong desire to return to the real world--even though he barely remembers it.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

We're led to believe that Zane is physically handicapped, so the twist when Ash discovers he is physically female was completely unexpected. We also liked the very realistic treatment of virtual reality.

It's not clear who was paying for all of this. How could five-year-old orphans get the right to essentially play all day long for life?

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