Friday, 3 October 2014

Short Story Impressions - Hotspot by Davild Wailing

I'm a big fan of the author's Auto series. These stories combine to form a world where most people live's are governed (or at least influenced) by their autos. Autos are software entities which handle social interactions in a world dominated by social media.

The strength of these stories is the practical element. These aren't esoteric science fiction, but rather contemporary tales with an interesting sci-fi aspect. They demonstrate the downsides (and occasionally strengths) for such universal reliance on the technology.

Each story adds a new perspective on this all too believable world. In this story we join a young lady on a night out clubbing with her friends. On the surface it's a superficial look but lurking beneath is a bleak study of how technology can isolate us - even within the crowd.

As with his other stories this is very well written and a fine addition to the series.

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Siobhan O’Donnell’s holiday in London wouldn’t be complete without a night at Choon – the hottest club in town!

Like all young clubbers in 2022, Siobhan and her girlfriends rely on their autos to help them enjoy an exciting night out. Especially when it comes to meeting boys. Without your auto to match profiles and calculate compatibility, how else can you find out if someone’s Hot/Not?

But there are some things, and some people, an auto can’t deal with. Siobhan discovers that when the online world is ripped away, reality can burn…

Hotspot is a 7,000 word story and is part of the Auto Series.

Click here to buy Hotspot from Amazon US / Amazon UK (and it's an excellent read)

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