Monday, August 7, 2017

Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience, by Rebecca Roanhorse

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(Near-Future SF) Jesse uses virtual reality to give tourists a vision-quest experience. It’s demeaning, but it pays the bills. Then a tourist turns up who wants a really authentic experience. (5,815 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average
Recommended By: SFRevu:4

"," by (edited by Amy H. Sturgis), appeared in issue 99, published on .

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Pro: The plot shows Jesse’s decline and fall very well, and it makes us feel sorry for him.

You can read a lot into this story. First, White Wolf steals everything from Jesse the same way the white man stole everything from the original Native Americans. More deeply, you can see White Wolf doing to Jesse what Jesse himself has been doing to the real Native American culture; they’re both frauds in that neither has more than an inkling of what that culture really was. Read that way, the title is bitterly ironic.

Con: It’s hard to believe he’d be fired so easily, given that everyone said he was the best. White Wolf took his wife away too easily too.

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Whoa! Clever and brutal.

    He was actually on shaky ground at work from creating that Experience which no one ordered. I think the comment about everyone saying he was the best was just more manipulation on White Wolf's part. One evening with the "pretendian" was a bit quick to have his wife swooning, but it does complete his downfall.

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    1. This is the sort of story I need an "Honorable Mention" category for.

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