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Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 69 #2019

Clarkesworld Magazine Issue FICTION Immersion by Aliette de Bodard If The Mountain Comes by An Owomoyela You Were She Who Abode by E Catherine ToblerNON FICTION Energizing Futures How SF Fuels Itself by Stephen Gaskell Neither t

  • Title: Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 69
  • Author: Neil Clarke An Owomoyela Aliette de Bodard E. Catherine Tobler Stephen Gaskell Jeremy L.C. Jones Daniel Abraham
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  • Page: 376
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  • Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 69 By Neil Clarke An Owomoyela Aliette de Bodard E. Catherine Tobler Stephen Gaskell Jeremy L.C. Jones Daniel Abraham, FICTION Immersion by Aliette de Bodard If The Mountain Comes by An Owomoyela You Were She Who Abode by E Catherine ToblerNON FICTION Energizing Futures How SF Fuels Itself by Stephen Gaskell Neither the Billionaire nor the Tramp Economics in Speculative Fiction by Jeremy L C Jones Another Word Assimilation, Multiculturalism, and Me by Daniel Abraham Editor s DeFICTION Immersion by Aliette de Bodard If The Mountain Comes by An Owomoyela You Were She Who Abode by E Catherine ToblerNON FICTION Energizing Futures How SF Fuels Itself by Stephen Gaskell Neither the Billionaire nor the Tramp Economics in Speculative Fiction by Jeremy L C Jones Another Word Assimilation, Multiculturalism, and Me by Daniel Abraham Editor s Desk Clarkesworld by the Numbers by Neil Clarke

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    1. This story won the Nebula in 2012 and was nominated for a Hugo in 2013 and a whole list of other honors She wrote another novella in this universe in 2012 that I d like to read as well On a Red Station, Drifting , but I can t rationalize almost 15 for a novella, I ll try to get my library to buy it The Waiting Stars, a third story in this universe, was published in 2013 and was nominated for a Hugo Award as of the time of this review, among its other honors, which is what made me remember to go [...]

    2. Holy crap what a story This is the kind of thing that I have always admired science fiction for transporting you to a different world in a way that lets you view important issues and ideas from a fresh perspective It s one of my two favorite kinds of sci fi stories the other kind are those that completely f ck with your head.At just over 5,000 words, this is a brief story, and because of the economy of words and the author s slow reveal of the situation, it was hard to understand just what was b [...]

    3. Read for the 2013 Hugo Short Story voting, and my first exposure to Bodard She made a darned strong impression Immersion is an interesting experiment in identity disassociation It follows a young woman in the future who is surrounded in immerser culture, devices that shroud how we look, sound, etc in artifices It has damning undercurrents of peer pressure, inadequacy fears folding in on themselves, and forgetting how you d feel without everything weighing on you Its opening is the most effective [...]

    4. Nominated for the short story category for both the Nebula and Hugo in 2013, I first discussed what I thought about it in the context of the Nebula nominees for SFF Audio It is a complex story, full of questions and problems, what is identity, what is living, etc I d like to read of Bodard.

    5. Si ya me gustaba lo que escrib a Aliette de Bodard, este relato ya me ha terminado de fascinar Es como beber un zumo de una fruta tropical con variados matices de sabor, color, textura que var an en tus ojos mientras olores inesperados embriagan tus pupilas y te traslada a un mundo que te parece cotidiano, pero es nuevo Un estupend simo relato.

    6. So as not to spoil, I won t say a lot about the plot of Immersion, but it is a very well told futuristic story that also deals with race culture appropriation and societal beauty norms in a fascinatingly original way.

    7. Ninguna de las tres historias me ha impresionado excesivamente, en cambio los ensayos me han gustado mucho m s.

    8. Overall 4 StarsAn excellent issue with great stories Even those that aren t exceptional are worth the read.Favorite If The Mountain Comes by An OwomoyelaStandout Immersion by Aliette de BodardDud Another Word Assimilation, Multiculturalism, and Me by Daniel AbrahamFiction Immersion by Aliette de Bodard5 StarsA young waitress and a wife of an interacial marriage find an unexpected common ground.Set in her Xuya universe, De Bodard explores globalization, cultural identity, and western standards of [...]

    9. Immersion by Aliette de Bodardde Bodard writes about a world in which devices known as immersers are used to help Galactics translate native cultures and languages into a form they can interpret The story is told through the viewpoints of two women who are nearly polar opposites, and I found it an interesting examination of cultural imperialism as much as it was an interesting SFnal concept If the Mountain Comes by An OwomoyelaA water farmer and his daughter are the richest folks in a village wi [...]

    10. I really would probably put this at a 4.5, but I definitely thought it was better than a 4, so I ended putting it at a 5.Aliette introduced us to a tourist colony controlled by a centralized government, that tend to believe differences in different people s cultures boils down to a few algorithms here and there And then voila On paper, I totally see what the galactic is thinking The only main differences you can see are the obvious ones Language, food choice, behavior patterns, but as this story [...]

    11. Written well, but I strongly disagree with de Bodard s metaphorical characterization of sophisticated galactic global culture as an addictive habit that will take over and destroy purer, simpler cultures Sure, sure, the tourism device she imagines certainly could have the problems and potentials she mentions, but that s not what she s really talking about She s talking about cultural immersion, and objecting to or treating with condescending sympathy people who choose not to remain true to their [...]

    12. I was as disappointed in this as the author s same universe novelette On a Red Station, Drifting until about halfway through when something clicked with me Immersion is set on a different space station, and roughly speaking, is the story of a woman who has taken to wearing an immersion device in order to fit in with her husband s culture the dominant Galactic culture In telling the story, de Bodard manages to say volumes about the compromises one must make to fit in with a different culture, and [...]

    13. The problem of language and cultural disconnect is a hard barrier to overcome in business Even if you are an expert in another culture, you still may not be their ideal of a business partner, and may lose out to local competition So, in the future, technology exists that allows you to not only speak and act appropriately, but to also project a physical appearance that will be acceptable to your clients Unfortunately, as with all sci fi perfect tech, there are major side effects if you depend too [...]

    14. A story of addiction set within the framework of cultural relativism This story is told from two perspectives Quy, a teenager who works at her family s restaurant on Longevity, and Agnes, a Galatic woman visiting Longevity to celebrate her 5th anniversary Both stories center on the use of immersers, Galatic technology that gives the user an avatar and tells them what facial cues and wording to use Certainly a well written story, but most of the characters, except for Quy, fell flat for me I thin [...]

    15. The best short stories leave me gasping, and this was one of those Immersion is an all too familiar look at a culture overrun by Western tourists, Western culture, and Western values, with just a touch of externalization to emphasize particular bits It s short and sharp it could have gone on quite a bit longer, building a world instead of making a point, but ending it where it does is brilliantly effective.I never quite know what to say about short stories that are so clearly smarter than me, an [...]

    16. just a few short years after typical western TV was introduced to Fiji, a rather significant percentage of the women especially the young ones picked up typical western body image depression and eating disorders nytimes 1999 05 20 woris story lays a future tech veneer over the ideas of western cultural dominance, but ultimately, didn t say a whole lot beyond what the current state of things is here and now it s a solid, but not amazing story.

    17. A lot of things are stuffed into this short story Imperialism, whether economic, cultural, or in the recent past nakedly military Class and money Identity, and how it ties into the imperialism The use and abuse of technology Common themes, but handled deftly, and with a genuine sf slant to them There s some superb world building done in a short story word count, and characters whose fate I care about This one s my pick for the Hugo, although it was a hard choice between this and Ken Liu s story. [...]

    18. Immersion is an exemplary short story by Aliette de Bodard, with beautiful brevity, introduces us to two cultures, a sense of social strata, deals with over reliance on technology, our inability to be at peace with who we are physically and otherwise and our desire to project someone we want to be In the process, she reminds me why I love short stories See here for detail wp p2XCwQ bb

    19. This is a character study of a woman addicted to her virtual reality immerser, an alien technology that allows people to create avatars to interact with others The actual plot is fairly superficial but I m not sure I fully understood how everything fit together, a common complaint I have with stories involving virtual characters To me, the story is style than substance not necessarily a bad thing, just not my cup of tea.

    20. Finely crafted story set at a Rong Vietnamese restaurant aboard a galactic space station The employees wear immersers to create illusions that make them appear acceptable to the visiting tourists de Bodard masterfully mixes tenses and points of view, ultimately showing the effect of the immersers on those who wear them.

    21. This story seems to be set in the same world as de Bodard s other 2013 Hugo nominee On A Red Station, Drifting While a good story about clashing cultures and self identity, de Bodard doesn t utilize the short form as well as she could As with Red Station, she s written about a well realized world and makes me want to read from her.

    22. Interesting concept especially with Google Glass coming out Its interesting to contemplate unintended effect we have on those around us which feeds back to their own image of their worth and how people force themselves to be something they are not and opposite of what they are loved for for what they perceive as what people want them to be.

    23. I enjoyed this story involving colonial politics between Earth and her colonies on the small scale, along with a statement about technological addiction This definitely should have been longer to explore some of these ideas fully.

    24. Read as part of the Hugo packet 2013.Best short story is going to be a hard category I was utterly enchanted by this one from the first sentence I suspect I need to read of de Bodard s work now.

    25. A fascinating tale of local vs colonial commercial culture and addiction to technology but love and family as well This story is set in a far future, butits parallels to the present give it meaning and depth.

    26. Read for the 2013 HugosThis was an interesting story that might make sense if I read it a second time It took me a while to figure out what was going on Half of the story is told in 2nd person, and half is told in 3rd I really enjoyed the way the two halves of the story came together.

    27. A very fun short story that challenges and respects the reader by not explaining too much I was particularly impressed by how de Bodard managed to create characters I cared about in such a brief narrative and how well their emotions were shaped.

    28. I ve been excited about Google releasing their Google Glass to the public next year This story examines similar technology although much advanced and what happens when we rely on technology too strongly.It was fun.

    29. I am a fan of Aliette de Bodard so it s no surprise I d enjoy this story This story is about identity and to the point about identity as a member of a marginalized group It s very much a political statement and the ending left me thinking 2013 Hugo Nominee Reading

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