|When SF becomes reality, and loop
||[Feb. 24th, 2009|09:12 pm]
Food Pill: When science-fiction becomes reality.
The description here is "When SF becomes reality", IIRC ... so why am I posting an SF short story? Because 4chan itself is in a way a common theme of SF. Decentralized flow of information, and stand alone complex type entities will one day become forces of powerful beauty, and dangerous consequence right? One needs look no further than the Dusty the Cat incident recently to see the danger an anonymous SAC-type entity can pose to the ostracized among "the tribe". That Kenny Glenn kid is screwed pretty much forever, his name and video of him kicking a cat's ass are online as long as there is an Internet. Not good for young Mr. Glenn. That's some serious consequence right there, and that particular list of lives deservedly and undeservedly ruined by chaners is by no means limited to young Mr. Glenn.
So what of the beauty? What of the art? Well, I just happened across a link to an archived thread on 4chan's /tg/ (traditional games), and it is a post a just a few paragraphs long. This sounds unbelievable, but trust me, 4chan hosts one of the best SF stories I've ever read, and perhaps one of the best ever written, though that is subjective. it's being passed around though, reposted around chans, social sites like reddit and digg ... and pretty much everyone has been wowed. This would almost certainly win awards and be among the most famous new authors in SF if this was in say ... F&SF or Asimov's instead of some thread on an anonymous imageboard.
What a world we are in today.
Here it is: We Made a Mistake