Thursday, March 8, 2018

Emojis, by Rudy Rucker

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Near-Future SF) Scottie tests out some augmented-reality emoticons his company has developed which help people interpret what other people are really thinking. They don’t work quite as expected though. (2,942 words; Time: 09m)

"Emojis," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 03-04|18, published on by .

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Pro: The interactions between Scottie and Sally are pretty cute. “Feel My Smeel” is a deliciously awful name for a new company.

Con: Suspension of disbelief suffers from too many implausible things. The virus itself I can accept as part of the what-if, but the crazy boss who wants to infect everyone is impossible to believe, as is the smooth way the virus interfaces between different people. Or the calm way Scottie takes the whole thing. Or how the people in the bar don't freak out when they start seeing hallucinations.

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