Monday, March 07, 2022

Reader's Diary #2293 - Ken Liu: Thoughts and Prayers

 Missing Black Mirror, Ken Liu's short story "Thoughts and Prayers" scratched my itch for technology-based not-too-distant future dystopia. 

About a university student who gets killed by a shooter at a concert, the story begins with a lot of provocative philosophy about what it means to be preserved online. Then it veers into a exploration of online hate and trolling. Uniting these two themes is the idea of a life as a symbol. It's dark and using different voices to tell the story, extremely well told.

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