Sunday, April 2, 2017

Eyejacked, by David Walton

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(Near-Future SF) Patrick’s wife, Alicia, has become an online star, but the constant exposure of every detail of their lives is ruining their marriage. (4,649 words; Time: 15m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Timely and Touching

"Eyejacked," by (edited by David Brin and Stephen W. Potts), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: There’s not a simple black/white conflict here. Alicia’s online success makes her family successful too, and Patrick knows that. His desire for boundaries is entirely understandable, but so is her desire for him to support her in her career.

By the middle of the story, we’re expecting him to file for divorce, and yet at the end, we cheer when he decides Maddy should get lenses of her own because it shows they really are going to meet each other half-way. It helps a lot that when Alicia meets Patrick at the hospital, she weeps on his shoulder, blaming herself for having wanted a tragedy; it makes her human.

Con: There’s something really unwholesome about making your little daughter live her life in public, even if both parents are okay with it.

The story is barely SF anymore.

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