Monday, March 21, 2011

Mister Volition - Greg Egan

Short Story

Number of words : 6300
Percent of complex words : 8.9
Average syllables per word : 1.5
Average words per sentence : 13.2


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 8.9
Flesch : 67.2
Flesch-Kincaid : 7.2


PEOPLE


Alex

A disturbed user of a new patch.

Tran

A tech guy and a fence.

Mira

Alex's girlfriend.

Nietzsche, Sartre and Camus

Philosophers.


TECHNOLOGY

Patch

A wearable or implantable technology that can provider a variety of functions, particularly biofeedback.

Recursive Visions Introscape 3000

A type of Patch, expensive.

Implant

Personal safety alarm body augmentation.

Blue Monday

Ane executive stress monitor.


PLACES

The Cross

Sydney's Red Light district.

Redfern

Suburb of Sydney.


ORGANISATIONS

Pandemonium

Maker of Recursive Visions Introscape 3000.


CONCEPTS

Ubermensch

German for a superman.


PLOT

A story of the philosophy of the mind. The protagonists mugs someone for their patch, a biofeedback monitor. It turns out to be a pretty new variety. It gives information to you directly via your senses. Alex stresses about his freedom. The patch breaks down his mental processes for him, showing that his mentality is just a system at work, and that he has no choice. So he sets out to see if he can kill someone, or has any free will left.


4 out of 5

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