Sunday, February 9, 2020

Flyover Country, by Julie C. Day


(Epidemic) Immie works for a slightly suspicious company that’s fighting the custom-designed mind-modifying diseases are sweeping the world, and she finds romance with the pilot of a spray plane. (5,637 words; Time: 18m)

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"Flyover Country," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 285, published on by .

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Review: 2020.066 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Behavior-modifying parasites are real, although none is actually known to affect human beings, and very few are of the type described in the story that modifies the brain directly.

Con: The premise of the story is impossible to believe. First, it’s set in the 2020s, and there’s no way that kind of breakthrough is happening now—particularly the idea that anyone could predict in advance what these logic viruses would do. Second, given something like this, the government would clamp down hard; there would not be any private companies spraying mysterious substances. Finally, something like this would massively disrupt the economy as people hid in their houses rather than going to work.

As far as the story itself goes, there’s no actual plot because Immie isn’t really trying to do anything; she just falls in love with Sam, contracts a disease, and (presumably) dies.

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