Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Loneliest Ward, by Hao Jingfang

★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

(Near-Future SF) Qina works as a nurse on a ward of comatose patients, but she’s having boyfriend trouble and she’s extra distracted today. (2,783 words; Time: 09m)

"," by (translated by Ken Liu, edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 143, published on .

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Pro: It’s amusing that the treatment doesn’t merely soothe people’s minds—it tells them they’re right and everyone else is wrong. (Sort of like social media today.) It’s no surprise that they get addicted, and it's no surprise that Qina is so vulnerable to it.

Con: Intrusive narration and as-you-know-Bob infodumps spoil this story.

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