Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bucket List Found in the Locker of Maddie Price, Age 14, Written Two Weeks Before the Great Uplifting of All Mankind, by Erica L. Satifka

Lightspeed Magazine, June 2015

http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/bucket-list-found-in-the-locker-of-maddie-price-age-14-written-two-weeks-before-the-great-uplifting-of-all-mankindbucket-list-found-in-the-locker-of-maddie-price-age-14-written-two-weeks-before/

This is a cute little story with an edge of quiet horror running through it.

Maddie is making her bucket list, things she wants to do in her physical body before she, along with her family and the rest of humanity, get uploaded to a transhuman existence in cyberspace, a.k.a. "the Sing." We get a touching and real sense of Maddie as a young teen learning who she is as a person. Some items are crossed off, presumably accomplished; others not. There's a touch of pathos in both.

And we get a sense that Maddie perhaps has her doubts about this whole uploading thing, but doesn't see a way around it.

Recommended.