Friday, May 2, 2008

* Frederik Pohl's "Day Million" (short story, science fiction)

Sort of early cyberpunk. In distant starfaring future, humans have genetically tweaked themselves so much, they don't quite look familiar. We see the "marriage" of a mermaid human to a starfarer male human - marriage is the only time they ever meet, & the ceremony is essentially an exchange of their simulation data - then each goes its own separate way, never to meet again. Whenever you want the company of another, you just interface with a machine & load the partner's data - experience all you can together, including sex! Of course, you will usually have married many times - so you have many partners' data!

Collected in.

  1. David Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer (Ed)'s "The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF".

Fact sheet.

First published: Rogue, February/March 1966.
Rating: C

Note: Why is this post so short?