Sunday, December 12, 2010

Charles Yu's "Standard Loneliness Package" (short story, brain dump, free): Outsource your pain, for a price!

Old trope, reasonably well done, but not exactly a story to cheer you up. Mostly has sad mood.

Describes the life of a call center employee - an unusual call center. About to have root canal? For a fee, a call center employee will feel your pain (via a chip implant in brain!) Cheated on your spouse & want to confess? Let the call center guy feel the guilt. Grief of a loved one's death, boredom of a chore, guilt of a murder - it's all for sale, for a price.

Fact sheet.

First published: Lightspeed, #6 (November 2010).
Download full text from publisher's site.
[via Rich Horton]
Rating: B.