“Feedback” by Katherine MacLeanDecember 26, 2011
The Setting: Earth, in the future. Everytown, USA.
The Story: In the future, everyone is free to be exactly like everyone else – it’s democratic. Conformity bounces against conformity creating a feedback loop, with unfortunate consequences for individuals.
The Science: A social science problem. It’s not hard to imagine a world where anything outside the norm is met with swift reprisal. Or is that called middle school? It’s a nice story that takes you to the end of a slippery slope and points and how nasty it is down there.
The Reaction: A good story, which is probably why it’s been retold many times in many ways.
The Cover: Same as the first time.
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