Character Flu: 06/05/08
Robert Reed returns with the fourth story in the June issue of FSF, "Character Flu", a monologue similar to some of Isaac Asimov's short stories.
"Character Flu" warns of an unseen epidemic that is slowly wiping out the real population and over population the world with an imagined one. In four angry pages, the unknown protagonist speaks directly to the reader, warning of this nanobot driven infestation. The consequences of which will bring about a world not to dissimilar from the one imagined in the Matrix trilogy.
The real question for the story is who is the narrator. Is he real or imagined? What does his status mean for his monologue? Does it make it more or less real? Why does the narrator want to tell us about this "flu"?