The short story “Reading the Clouds” by Tendai Huchu was published for the first time in 2016.
George programmed the simulation of a universe that includes a civilization of sentient beings. It’s a very complex project and running it is even more difficult because of his disagreements with his son Jesse, who has ideas different from his father’s about the development of the simulated civilization. Interfering with a simulated world can have consequences on the real one but what’s real?
The short story “HostBods” by Tendai Huchu was published for the first time in 2014.
Simon was forced to rent his body to pay for his brother’s medical care. His work is a real form of servitude in which his clients transfer their mind into his body for various reasons, sometimes immoral. This has a number of long-term consequences and when his contract is bought by a rich old man with health problems Simon starts remembering how his body was used.
The short story “The Promise of Space” by James Patrick Kelly was published for the first time in 2013.
Astronaut Kirk Anderson was hospitalized in very serious conditions. After being exposed to radiation during a Mars mission he suffered brain damage that made him lose part of their mental faculties. There’s no cure for him but only an attempt to compensate for what he lost using the recordings he made and an artificial intelligence but what really remains of Kirk Anderson?
The short story “Surprise Party” by James Patrick Kelly was published for the first time in 2008.
Mercedes Nunez is an actress who is preparing to celebrate her 51st birthday. She’s no longer a young girl and her fans tend to be elderly men but she’s still in great shape. Through her implants, someone is watching what she does and she wonders who’d be interested to her birthday party.
The short story “Case 74” by Cristian M. Teodorescu was published for the first time in 2014. It was translated from Romenian by Dan Pirjol.
Roger Clifford committed suicide but the investigation that follows is in a totally unprecedented situation because the victim had somehow transferred his mind into a computer. It’s equipped with next-generation hardware that can faithfully reproduce a person’s mental processes. Is the person who committed suicide dead or not?