Peter Watts' "Repeating the Past" (flash fiction, science fiction, free): Teaching the young irreverent the meaning of fear!!!
Two interesting observations, both for the better, about author's writing style - when I compare this story to better known "Blindsight":
- This story uses clean language; no profanity. So if I liked the subject matter, I could have referred it to younger crowd.
- While there is some jargon here, it's only to aid the story. Focus is on story telling. Compared to Blindsight, it's very clean writing.
Story summary.Story is narrated by a survivor of Nazi concentration camps. The year is 2017. The old man is a retired doctor; so is his daughter - both specialists in brain editing, though daughter is more skillful!
Story concerns the daughter's son - an adolescent who has all but forgotten the concentration camps, & is rather irreverent towards its victims.
To teach him proper respect for the times, grandpa surgically modifies his brain - so he is "Jumping at shadows. Not sleeping at night." Basically behaving like a victim himself!!!
Fact sheet.First published: Nature, 29 November 2007.
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