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The world outside has grown unkind, and talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who dream, who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside. Learn more
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This was a great short story. One that I voraciously read because I simply loved the subject matter.
As I was reading it gave me such a "What if?" kind of feel to it. And the ending just blew me away.
In honor of Hugh and his excellent story...a haiku.
Hugh Howey wows me
Haiku and science fiction
A splendid marriage
This is a letter of complaint. I'm not used to the act of denouncing anyone, or of pointing out abuse of any kind, as I've always considered it none of my business but that of official authorities. However, in the present case, I find myself compelled, or should I say under the obligation, to say something.
I know that a certain Hugh Howey has entertained quite a level of success recently, what with his famous series "Wool" and his latest novel "I, Zombie". Even I, I regret to say, fell for these books, which are undeniably true works of art. Even I, though it pains me to confess it today, marvelled at the man's genius. But no longer.
Because I've found out the truth about him, and the most outrageous part of his scam is that he exposes it openly, for all to see, in the novella aptly entitled "The Plagiarist". Over the past few years, Mr. Howey has found a way to plug into a virtual, digital world (don't ask me how, this is completely beyond me), in which sentient beings live, go to work, drink, eat, probably have physical intercourse... And produce works of art. Amazing works of art. Like books. Books that Mr. Howey committed to memory and rewrote shamelessly once he came back to the real world.
How else to explain that each of his books is so great? He can't have written them alone. I figured there had to be some kind of explanation. At first I thought it had to be some kind of workshop, similar to those many suspect Shakespeare to have set up. The answer may be more futuristic, but the crime is the same. What a clever little fellow, you have to give him that. For not getting caught (yet), for one thing. And for putting out works that share common traits, so you wouldn't be tempted to doubt their single origin.Read more ›
Taking advantage, people from the "real world" began to take literary works, art, and scientific advancements back to the real world. Hugh Howey raises an important question in The Plagiarist: who owns the rights to these works?
In my view, these works become public domain. My reasoning is that when you have simulated worlds creating sims creating sins creating sims creating and so on, the property rights between the original owner from the real world and the sim world where the product is made is tenuous at best. So I view such products as water from a spring where any member of the public can dip in. However, this is my personal view and the courts may rule the opposite way on this issue.
Hugh Howey is a forward thinker who understands the ramifications of the existence of such simulated worlds that exist purely as bits of data on servers and networks. When future technology finally merges with the world envisioned by this author, our definitions of property may well be turned upside down.
The thing about The Plagiarist is that even when you see it coming, you are so invested in the story that it can really affect you. This is one of those stories that I read at night and couldn't go to sleep. I couldn't read anything for several days the impact was so strong as I kept mulling the story and it's implications over in my head. The thing about great writers and their great stories is that they live on with you sometimes weeks and years after you put them down. The characters aren't confined between the dedication and the author's picture. If you enjoy this type of story that can completely consume you and stick with you, read this. If you're looking for a short introduction to this insanely talented author that Amazon keeps recommending for you, read this. If you've read all of his other work, well you probably aren't reading this review anyway.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hugh Howey never ceases to amaze me. I've read several of his books but this is the first short story I stumbled across. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Debra M Shaffer
This is a fun, intriguing story that I'm sure I'll continue thinking about for a long, long time. "It's turtles all the way down. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Diane Winger (WingerBooks)
I am a big fan of Hugh howey! This book is a more complex version of Horton hears a who and makes you think about what reality is. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Paige
In my opinion, a short story should present an idea and leave the reader pondering its implications for days. The Plagiarist by Hugh Howey does just that. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Matt K.
I found this short story entertaining even though I intuited the plot twist a tad early. It is one of those little nuggets that makes you stop and think. Read morePublished 15 days ago by William L.
In a world where e-publishing has inundated the reader with choices, sorting the good stuff from the dross is more important than ever. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary LaLonde
Clearly not one of Mr. Howey's best works but it does keep you guessing all the way to the end.Published 1 month ago by logan knight
3-1/2 stars (which I consider a good review). The idea was very similar to a book written circa the 1960s called "Simulacron-3". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Crazy Carrie
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