Friday, January 18, 2013

Review of "The mMod" by Ken Liu

"The mMod" by the Nebula Award winning author Ken Liu appeared in Daily Science Fiction on January 18, 2013.  "An under-employed, non-techno-savvy, bookish English major quickly becomes addicted to a prototype iPad-like device that his marketing psychologist girlfriend allows him to test drive."  Numerous other stories by Mr. Liu, published in DSF, Lightspeed, and Fantasy & Science Fiction, have been reviewed previously in Songs of Eretz.

Science fiction tends to be the most compelling when the story speculates upon something that might actually come to pass.  Mr. Liu's "mMod" story has already come true in the form of internet addiction.  His concepts of "tactile charisma" and "techno-lust" are both fascinating and frightening.  Another home run for the ubiquitous Mr. Liu.  7 out of 7 rocket-dragons.

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