Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Richard A Lovett's "Mother's Tattoos" (novelette, counter terrorism)

While the story is ordinary enough, the thing that made it noteworthy for me was: it's the first story I've seen that has body implants that use interactive programmable tattoos that turn the whole skin into a touch screen display.
  1. Want to make a phone call. Tap your wrist in a certain way. Image of a phone with dial pad appears on your hand! Can, of course, make it disappear.
  2. Downloaded free software? You probably gave it permission to display ads on your forehead or cheeks!
There is nifty other stuff, making the computer one with your body.

Story is of an undercover agent employed by US "Homeland Services". All his life, the threats he uncovers are false alarms. And finally, when he does undercover a sleeper terrorist, he will wish he never had had this catch...

Fact sheet.

First published: Analog, March 2012.
Rating: B.