Sunday, March 22, 2009

Daniel Abraham's "The Best Monkey" (novelette, free)

Cool concept, but average execution.

Idea is: we're told the human perception of beauty has to do with symmetry - something that supposedly indicates least exposure to disease. What if the brain could be rewired, by some sort of surgical treatment, so we see beauty in asymmetry instead?

See also.

  1. A very long discussion on this story at Torque Control, including a comment from author.

Fact sheet.

First published: George Mann (Ed)'s "The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume 3" (2009).
Rating: B.
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Related: Fiction about the concept of beauty.