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Plugged In

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''Need a quick dose of weird, brainy science fiction but don't have time to commit to an entire short story collection?''asks critic Annalee Newitz in her June 4 post to the io9 blog. ''Then consider a new kind of book, from Aqueduct Press, which you might call a short story single, with an A-Side and a B-Side (though both stories get an A from this reader). Plugged In contains 'The Man Who Plugged In,' by L. Timmel Duchamp and 'Kingdom of the Blind' by Maureen McHugh....Highly recommended.''

Plugged In features two stories of feminist science fiction by WisCon 32 Guests of Honor L. Timmel Duchamp and Maureen McHugh. In ''Kingdom of the Blind,'' Sydney, one of the codemonekys who maintain DMS, the software system that keeps the physical plants of the Benevola Health Network running, suspects the recent outages in the system may be a sign of the system's sentience rather than due to simple corruption of its code. Her fellow geeks view the reset button as a possible if drastic solution for restoring the system's integrity, but Sydney fears it might be a much too Final Solution.

In L. Timmel Duchamp's ''The Man Who Plugged In,''Howard Nies becomes the first male to plug into a Siemens Carapace. And as an ad in the February 2013 issue of The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology notes, the Siemens Carapace is ''a prenatal cradle of caring'' at the cutting edge of technology, ''made of the finest, strongest, most lightweight materials ever produced. Its clean, round lines and soft, silvery matte finish can t fail to reassure both the parents and the gestational carrier who wears it that the child within is getting better care and protection than any naturally gestated child.''


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May 2008 : USA Paperback

Title: Plugged In
Author(s): L Timmel Duchamp, Maureen McHugh
ISBN: 1-933500-22-0 / 978-1-933500-22-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Aqueduct Press
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