Sunday, August 14, 2016

Taste the Singularity at the Food Truck Circus, by Jeremiah Tolbert

(Near-Future SF) Nico's boring life as an accountant changes when he meets an old friend who's involved with the illegal food scene in Kansas City. (8,405 words)

Rating: 3, Average

"," by appeared in the August 2016 issue of Lightspeed Magazine (Issue 75), published .

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

Pro: From the first paragraph, we learn that Nico wants more food in his life, and soon enough, we know he wants more excitement too. By the end, he's found plenty of excitement, and if not a new vocation, at least an avocation.

The whole idea of illegal foods is amusing, although after reading about the "real baby-back ribs" I wondered if the FDA might not have the right idea after all. Still, the various crazy foods are definitely the star attraction of the story.

Con: The crazy foods are awfully silly. The story has a little trouble deciding whether to take itself seriously or not.

There's not a lot at stake here. Nico is young, and at worst he's spent enough money to set his saving plan back a month or two. As a result there's not much tension.

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