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The world of tomorrow holds wonders unlike anything humanity has ever seen! But only for those lucky few.

Alicia, a runaway New Woman, comes to small-town Wheeling, West Virginia, and gets entangled with Jess and Dale, throwing their lives of pointless work and drug-fueled virtual reality into chaos. Meanwhile, truths are uncovered of the nation’s rewritten history—truths
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Paperback, 104 pages
Published November 3rd 2020 by Broken Eye Books
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Alan
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dead-enders
Recommended to Alan by: Scalzi; previous work; more than one kind of local color
I was reluctant to start reading Erica L. Satifka's novella Busted Synapses, because I knew it'd be over quickly, one way or another; this book's only 95 pages long—a lot shorter than Satifka's first novel, Stay Crazy, which I ran across and rather enjoyed back in 2016.

And I was right to delay... I dragged it out as long as I could but, even so, this one was over too damned soon.

Living in an Undeveloped Zone doesn't have many perks, but there's one: the government doesn't really care what you do
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Christopher Teague
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read a couple of Erica L Satifka's short stories now, and her debut novella Stay Crazy, and this sticks to her style, of old school cyberpunk fused with stream-of-consciousness surrealism; it is an odd-mix, but reading this reminded me of John Shirley's A City Come A-Walkin'.

With the standard cyberpunk tropes of a secretive corporation and an end-of-the-world event, Satifka takes these elements from the last 40 years into a 95 page novella that focusses on a pair of twentysomethings - Jess
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Bruce Baugh
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a cyberpunkish story set mostly in Wheeling, West Virginia, focusing on people losing their livelihood and prospects as automation and automata take over more and more of what used to be human work. The gritty, mundane day-to-day lives of the protagonists contrast ever more sharply with the unfolding big picture: where life is better, and for whom, and what happened to so drastically accelerate long-standing trends in mass immiseration. I was reminded of Martin Cruz Smith's comment that ...more
Bruce Baugh
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a cyberpunkish story set mostly in Wheeling, West Virginia, focusing on people losing their livelihood and prospects as automation and automata take over more and more of what used to be human work. The gritty, mundane day-to-day lives of the protagonists contrast ever more sharply with the unfolding big picture: where life is better, and for whom, and what happened to so drastically accelerate long-standing trends in mass immiseration. I was reminded of Martin Cruz Smith's comment that ...more
Autumn Christian
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't really a sci-fi novel, per-se, if you're expecting a thriller. It's a novel about characters that just happens to be set in the future, more in the realm of many of PKD's novels. (Although Satifka's style is uniquely her own, off the top of my head I can't think of many people writing more about interpersonal relationships set in the sci-fi setting).

This novel is about the disproportionate equality that can arise if we don't regulate our innate tendency for power as our technology imp
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Addison Smith
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Busted Synapses holds all the trappings of a post-corporate takeover cyberpunk centered on the lives of two characters who have struggled to build their lives among societal decline.

I really loved this story. Don’t expect everything to be answered for you, as this comes across as almost a slice-of-life story. People move forward and things change, and it feels very true-to-life.

Pick it up, give it a read. I definitely recommend it.
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Erica L. Satifka is a writer and/or friendly artificial construct, forged in a heady mix of iced coffee and sarcasm. She enjoys rainy days, questioning reality, ignoring her to-do list, and adding to her collection of tattoos. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Shimmer, Lightspeed, and Intergalactic Medicine Show, and her debut novel Stay Crazy will be released in August 2016 by Apex ...more

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