Thursday, May 1, 2008

* Gregory Benford's "The Voice" (short story)

Dark story about a future society where people have forgotten reading, writing, & books, & access all information via the Voice, a wireless audio interface to an all-knowing AI. Cops go after any foolish enough to rediscover the art of reading; their brains are forcibly treated so they forget their reading habits! Looks like the controlling AI is hiding something or have a design of its own, but we don't know for sure till end - where the protagonist's brain gets the treatment.

Collected in.

  1. David Hartwell (Ed)'s "Year's Best SF 3" (1998).

Fact sheet.

First published: Science Fiction Age, May 1997.
Rating: B

Note: Why is this post so short?