Publication Log: “The Fear of Missing Out” (story)

In the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction, you can find my story, “The Fear of Missing Out,” under my fiction-writing pseudonym (R.H. Cloake). It’s my first appearance in Asimov’s!

Here’s a little teaser from the first scene:

With all his senses blocked except touch, he became acutely conscious of the texture of his seat and the cool metal of his buckle where his arm rested against it. He felt his mouth move, but he couldn’t hear what he was saying, and then he felt his arm rise and do something, an unfamiliar gesture the auto-personality had chosen. He didn’t resist.

Staying passive enough to let the auto-personality work was tricky. He had learned about it from his boss. She used it to work during meetings. She would process her inbox and subvocalize memos while the auto-personality did the meet and greets, made the attentively listening face, and performed the basic verbal cues necessary to keep the boardroom in motion. Candid couldn’t really tell when she had it on or off.

He felt his whole body lean forward, stand, turn, settle. Had he just moved to sit by the tattooed guy? He fought an impulse to turn off the software and see what was going on. But that would ruin the experiment.

You can read the rest by picking up the January/February issue of Asimov’s from a newsstand, or subscribing digitally.

One Comment

Jon Lundell January 1, 2021

Well done!