Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Zookrollers Winkelden Ook"

The story "Zookrollers Winkelden Ook," by Tracy Canfield, published earlier this week on Strange Horizons, does all those things I want from a sci fi takes a look at the ways technology can go wrong, and melds it with a deeply emotional and resonant character. In this case, it takes the idea of copying or uploading a personality onto a computer, and mixes it with internet culture: if someone copies you, what happens if that copy gets loose on the wild nets? Now, what if that happens to someone you love? The story didn't go where I expected; I think you'll enjoy the trip.

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