Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Quirks, by Marie Vibbert

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(Near-Future SF) Stosh prides himself on using union labor, with union-approved downloads, but someone seems to have been stealing the union's IP and competing unfairly. (3,343 words; Time: 11m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Quirks," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 11-12|17, published on by .

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Pro: It’s a cute angle that the union would be able to select the very best workers in each field and therefore make itself more competitive, just as long as it could protect its intellectual property.

Stosh ends up selling out in order to meet payroll, but he seems to have made an impression by sending the collective bargaining download as well.

Con: It’s not clear what message the story is trying to send. Obviously the whole world would be better off if these downloads were broadly shared.

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