“Your Future is Pending”
Clarkesworld Magazine #158
Clarkesworld
Ed. Neil Clarke
November 1, 2019
English Language
ISBN 978-1642360332
Tangent Online 2019 Recommended Reading List

Reviews

“This is an unrelievedly grim story, with no hope at all for the protagonist from the very beginning. Its account of a technologically advanced but failing society is a powerful one, depicted in a realistic way. Although reading it may be an unpleasant experience for many, its message of the gap between the elite and the commoners is an important one.” —Tangent Online

“It’s a bleak piece, dense and wrenching, where hope isn’t so much in escaping the system but in making sure it’s fully experienced by everyone… And it’s certainly a story that’s worth spending some time with. Indeed!” — Quick Sip Reviews

“I have a thing for dystopian fiction where the main character isn’t the Chosen One or the Hero but a random cog in the great capitalist machine who happens upon something dangerously destructive. Martha is that cog in Matthew Kressel’s intriguing tale. She’s a lowly tech for a virtual reality company in a world where AIs unofficially run the world. We like to believe that a future built on advanced technology will bring stability and security, but Kressel suggests it might be a less humane version of the mess we’re currently living in.” — Tor.com, “Must-Read Speculative Short Fiction: November 2019”