Capitalism in the 22nd Century, or, A.I.R. • 2015 • SF short story by Geoff Ryman


Synopsis Two sisters, Graça and Cristina, leave Brazil to settle on another planet and escape the power of Chinese. They need to alter their genes.

Review Capitalism is driven by Chinese in this setting and they are viewed as the future imperialists from which people try to get free. This is another take on the relationship between future sentient A.I.s and humans: while the former can predict everything, the latter can touch everything. I’m not too convinced that A.I.s really would need humans as vehicles to fulfill their plannings – they simply could use robots.  It is also about the relationship between the two sisters: Christina disdains her AI connection but Graça relies upon it. Although internet gives full immersion and instantaneous communication, those two girls cannot communication, don’t really understand each other.

Meta: isfdb. This short story was published 2015 in Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany. It was included in several Best of the Year anthologies, and I’ve read it in Strahan’s anthology.



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