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.
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.