Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Nanny Bubble, by Norman Spinrad

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(Near-Future SF) At age 11, Teddy has the best life, with great hardware and software toys. Those toys let his parents keep him under tight control, but he doesn’t mind until he finds something he really wants to do. (4,012 words; Time: 13m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"The Nanny Bubble," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 11-12|17, published on by .

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Pro: Unlike the usual coming of age story, this tells how Ted quit being a child and became a teenager—not quite a man, but no longer a little boy either. The way he gets suspicious and figures things out and then evades the system makes for an entertaining read.

Con: The parents are cardboard villains—so evil that they gave him drugs to make him more docile. It’s hard to believe he figured out that his parents were giving him drugs to help control him.

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