Thursday, November 19, 2015

Skin in the Game, by Elizabeth Bear

Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft, 2015; ~7,900 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story  Recommended By:    SFEP

Neon White is a popular near-future singer who needs something to keep her act fresh. She already uses a lot of augments, but her publicist presses her to consider "machine empathy," technology that would let her fans experience her emotions directly.

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

Pro: Nice misdirection. We keep expecting something to go wrong with the technology, when what really happens is a murder. It's amusing that Neon has so many reservations about this new technology, considering that she already uses so many other augments.

Con: None of the characters is sympathetic at all. It's hard to believe it would be legal to install software to turn you into a psychopath. Nor that the police would completely fail to investigate a celebrity murder.

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