Monday, September 14, 2015

Pincushion Pete, Ian Creasey

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2015; ~3,700 words
Rating: 4, Recommended

A man dedicated to helping people increase their intelligence is threatened by a newspaper expose.

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

We liked the angle that the Campaign tries to enhance the intelligence of people rather than merely demanding that people not use intelligence as a basis for discrimination. And that the problem isn't that the technologies don't work--it's that Peter is addicted to the thrill of downloading new ones. He's essentially a hoarder. By the end of the story, we think we understand him completely.

Just because we understand him doesn't mean we like him. By the end, it seems the board has done the right thing.

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