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In Miho's world, nanos, plastic surgery, and robot girlfriends can fix just about anything…or break it.
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ebook, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Tor Books (first published January 24th 2011)
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This short novel is set in Japan in the future, in a world where nanotechnology is extensively used for everything, from food processing, to plastic surgery. The main character, Miho, is faced with the sudden illness of her father, the prospect of poverty, and her boyfriend leaving her for robot. While the story has many interesting elements and poetic moments, the ending (do not worry, no spoilers here) really left me puzzled and a little disturbed. It is not just unexpected, but it really does...more
Aya Padron
Lush environment with a beautifully drawn protagonist. I came upon this story serendipitously through the podcast and received it with no expectations. It fixed in my mind, and I thought about it for days afterward. One of the most vivid short sf stories I've read.
A very strange story but the end was sort of repulsive to me. ;-( Yuck!
Great world-building, interesting themes, weak ending.
vacation read #7. weird little novelette. Sad, strange imagery. Freaky ending.
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Matthew Sanborn Smith's work has appeared in ChiZine, Albedo One, and the StarShipSofa podcast and will soon appear at He podcasts at He thanks his dear friends Grant Stone and the late Mike Ramshaw for their valuable input during the writing of "Maisy's Many Souls".
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