- At Locus, Lois Tilton writes, "Cynically clever, subtly dark vision of If This Goes On, in which we see the continuing increase in the security state and the inequality of wealth and power. The author has a welcome deft touch."
- Antonio Urias was not as impressed but calls it "a thought-provoking exercise".
- And at Apex, Charlotte Ashley sets it alongside pieces by Jo Walton & Jim Gunn and says the story "has done a brilliant job of demonstrating why the privileged in our society allow themselves to be watched – because they aren’t the ones who have to pay for it."
Part of me wonders if some of the interest and traffic has been driven by the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. Would I rather that Michael Brown had lived and my story sank like a stone? Of course. All respect due to those in the streets demanding justice.
In other news, a story of mine is now in print:
That is the first page of "Thirty-Eight Observations on the Nature of the Self," from my contributor's copy of Phantasm Japan.
In some ways this feels more real than my other publications, because I am old enough that I am still more habituated to reading ink on paper than pixels on screens. Now I need to figure out how to keep it out of my kids' hands until they're each well into their teens.
A final note: If one is ever in danger of getting a swelled head about one's writing, the cure is to read Thunderstruck & Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken. In particular, the first story in the collection, entitled "Something Amazing," which is indeed something amazing.