‘The Future of Hunger in the Age of Programmable Matter’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 93/100


The Future of Hunger in the Age of Programmable Matter By Sam J Miller

Tor.com Original Fiction edition

Finished on 11/2/2017


Description: A group of friends, a pair of lovers, and the tussle between love, addiction, and what comes next. Otto, a former addict, grateful and indebted to his lover Trevor, is faced with temptation and the threat of disaster, but he’s fighting it. Fighting it in a future where matter can be reprogrammed and anything could happen, good or bad.

Genres: Science Fiction, LGBT, Dystopia

Where controlling relationships, meth recovery and plasticine gel kaiju collide.

Spoiler-tastic review

A short review for a short story.

It was good. If you are open to reading an LGBT story about a dystopian sci fi future where programmable matter (think nanite Play-Do) provides the backdrop of a serious discussion of addiction recovery and controlling relationships. Otto was one of the strongest characters I’ve read all year long.

If I am to offer some constructive criticism, I would have to say that this short story (25 pages long) needed more characterization of everyone besides Otto. I was  barely left understanding who everyone else was.

Highly recommended.

Stay Sunny!

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