Saturday, April 11, 2020

Dirty Wi-Fi, by Porpentine Charity Heartscape

[Strange Horizons]

(Slipstream) The narrator connects to the internet by collecting Wi-Fi in a dish and pouring it into a combination router-humidifier. (2,756 words; Time: 09m)

"," by (edited by Vanessa Rose Phin), appeared in issue 03/30/20, published on .

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Review: 2020.195 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Well, it’s original. The surreal hydraulic internet is just the surface of the things the narrator and their partner are involved in. There’s something mildly amusing in the fact that even in an utterly transformed world, the Internet is still used for masturbation.

Con: Although it seems to contain a lot of symbolism, I’m not sure what it’s supposed to mean, and the graphic sex scenes got old after a while.

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