The Memcordist • shortstory by Lavie Tidhar

★★★★

Meta: ISFDB. which is available for free at eclipse, originally published in Eclipse Online, December 2012. I’ve read it in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection.

The illustration by Kathleen Jennings was missing in the anthology. Main protagonist Pym travels through the whole solar system some centuries in the future while being watched constantly by millions of followers since his birth peaking on the most emotional scenes. I find the great world-building to be similar to 2312. I had to chuckle at the mentioning of the Church of Robots and another BDSM religion of Gor and maybe we can read more about those in other stories by Tidhar – it is embedded in the larger context of the Continuity Universe as explained by the author in an accompanying article. Tidhar compresses a whole life, loads of emotions and a tiny bit of action in only 10 pages.

His award-winning Osama went a up a good bit on my TBR list!

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