Monday, September 14, 2015

Potential Side Effects May Include, by Marissa Lingen and Alec Austin

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2015; ~3,900 words
Rating: 4, Recommended

A young woman in a trial of anti-anxiety implants finds they work better than expected.

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

Regina's account of the things in her life that ought to stress her out feels very real. The short segment when her implant isn't working gives us a good feel for what her life was like without it--and why she wants it so very much. The ending manages to be calm and scary at the same time.

There's no serious cost to Regina--material or mental; the threat is all about potential. 

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