"The Most Complicated Avatar" by Mary E. Lowd is today's offering from the Daily Science Fiction e-zine (DailyScienceFiction.com). A mother frantically tries to locate her missing ten-year-old girl using virtual reality.
Is the daughter lost in cyberspace? Is the mother in cyberspace? Is the girl logged on to a computer at a location unknown to mom? I asked myself these questions as I read. The answer became clear at the end, but to avoid confusion, the answer might have been clearer sooner--say at the beginning.
Told in the first person present tense, the story is narrated as though it is happening now--right now. I found this scheme to be awkward and off-putting. It was almost as bad as reading a story written in the second person. You know what I mean. 2 out of 7 rocket dragons.