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This short 10-minute read is set in a dystopian future where a number of people live locked in a fantasy world of digital reality, as viewed through goggles that fit over the eyes and connect directly to the viewer's neural network. However there are some people who choose to live entirely in the real world. What happens when these two types of people have a family together? Can you function looking at the world through rose-colored glasses all the time? A gritty futuristic look at the dark side of urban survival for those who are poor.
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on June 25, 2012
Sagan's Law by Thomas K. Carpenter delivers a lot of intensity and texture for such a short story. It paints the portrait future of a digital immersion world, the rosy highlights and the bleak undertones; it portrays a woman whose life has just been shattered, her attempts to cope while caring for one child and another,illegal conception, on the way. There is so much subtext going on in the story that the point of it all could become lost, but somehow it all relates to create a powerful ending.

I read this short story, and The Cageless Zoo, back to back in the same sitting, and Sagan's Law is the superior of the two by an order of magnitude.
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on April 8, 2014
There's not much to "Sagan's Law"; even by short story standards, it flits by pretty quickly. The story is brief and simple (maybe even a little too simple as the conflict is resolved pretty easily). But Carpenter's writing style is colorful and textured, sometimes even lyrical, and the details provided make the setting and characters breathe life. On the basis of a standalone (which it's not), "Sagan's Law" is a little too pat and hollow, but as a taste to compel interest in the larger work, it's worth investigating.
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Dystopian book where the penalty for a second child can result in death. I found the protagonist likeable, dialogue was sharp, and the storyline ending provided a nice lead into what I'm hoping will be a forthcoming sequel. My favorite passage from the book was "Her breath felt like snowflakes kissing her face." Very good book!
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on October 2, 2011
Sagan's Law A "Digital Sea" Short Story By Thomas K. Carpenter
husband dead and she's close to delivering her second child.
tax on having a child. law was to only have one in the City.
she watched a replay of what happened prior to his death on the digital and
found he had left something in the peep show.
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