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March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

There is a story called “Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse”.  It is a very well-done story that I wish I liked more, so that I could recommend it here.  It’s very good–it just doesn’t speak to me.

But that title sure does.  Wow.  Best title ever.

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“Mars: A Traveler’s Guide”, by Ruth Nestvold

March 10, 2011 6 comments

This story has no plot and no characters.

Okay, okay, I suppose it does have a character.  However, that character is never seen and never heard.

You see, the entire story is told in the responses that a computer has to the character.  And all the character does is look things up on the computer.

Of course, the things the person looks up have a specific agenda. . . rescue.  Alone on Mars.

Funny, scary, and very, very well done.

“Mars: A Traveler’s Guide” in print (as part of the linked .pdf)
“Mars: A Traveler’s Guide” in audio

“Standard Loneliness Package”, by Charles Yu

Right up front, I don’t think the science of this story will hold any water.  But it feels right, so I’m recommending it.

“Standard Loneliness Package” is the story of a man who works in an industry. . . The business of feeling other people’s pain.  He’s a wage slave, getting twelve dollars an hour to be at funerals, feel guilty for affairs, go to the dentist, or experence loss.  He lives in a world where you can sell your life, or buy someone else’s, and he realizes that he’s doing that, but just an hour at a time.

It moves on to being a love story.  But in a world where life and pain can be moved from person to person, what is love?  What does it mean to let someone into yourself?

Again, the science doesn’t hold up.  But the emotions are very right.

Text of “Standard Loneliness Package”