|Reading aloud from my book (photo by Mike Janes)|
|My book, Around the Corner from Sanity,|
on the shelf at Kalapuya book store
in Cottage Grove.
In the not-so-distant future of this short story, telepresence droids, or "teledroids," are used in homes to interact with others, in battle as surrogate soldiers, or to visit far away locales. Gary Feltman is a young surgical specialist working from his compudesk in Chicago, performing surgeries via teledroid on patients across the globe. His important work and medical studies require constant focus and pull his attention away from family. Yet while he is connecting to others and saving their lives, the very same technology is shunned by his beloved Uncle Wallis, who lies dying from a cancer that Gary could have cured with his techniques. What would drive his uncle to make such a choice?
And in a world where technology is supposed to bring us together, why can't Gary seem to connect?The cover image is from a local Eugene artist and roboticist, Gray Eldritch.