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A Strange Orbit [UNAUTHORIZED BREAD]
« Reply #45 on: June 24, 2021, 06:01:33 am »
The first of the four novellas in Radicalized, namely, Unauthorized Bread, although packed with "techie" jailbreaking devices, which would appeal to hacker-culture and even Open Source enthusiasts, was more about the 2 Amerikas.  The protagonist is an Arabic [woman] refugee entering the United States where she ends up in a subsidy apartment.   The author drives home the brute facts of how "the poor" are harassed (by landlords) with 10,000 rules, subjected to inspections, and used by the corporations who grant lodgings to the poor only to receive some kind of financial gain (at the expense of the poor the corporate state claims to be "helping").

So, it is less about "hard computer science fiction," and more about being broke [$ 0.00] in Amerika.

I think the author is from Canada - not sure if French Canadian or English Canadian ...

What I got from it is an appreciation for having become familiar with programming.  It is never a waste of time to learn.  One never knows when such knowledge/skills/experience will come in handy.   ;)

I also get how those who "sell out" to the corporate state for a career (read: gainful employment) in working against The People are actually the real "low-lifes," no matter how pretty their clothes, shiny their teeth, or fancy their cars.
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Re: A Strange Orbit
« Reply #46 on: June 28, 2021, 01:56:33 am »
Reading the second story in this Radicalized collection.   I am kind of thrilled to have found this and may even one day purchase hard copy for someone just to support the writer.

    "Unauthorized Bread" – A refugee, Salima, confronts the software controlling her kitchen appliances after the companies who created those appliances suddenly cease operations.

    "Model Minority" – "American Eagle", a superhero resembling Superman, attempts to take on racial violence in the American policing system.  [2]

    "Radicalized" – A man becomes embroiled in a dark web network targeting insurance companies after his wife's cancer coverage was declined by their health insurer.

    "Masque of the Red Death" – A wealthy financier builds and manages a doomsday vault, designed to withstand societal collapse.


Note that the author is also editor of the blog BOING BOING dot NET
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Things They Will Never Tell YouArthur Schopenhauer has been the most radical and defiant of all troublemakers.

Gorticide @ Nothing that is so, is so DOT edu

~ Tabak und Kaffee Süchtigen ~