Paradise Left by Evan Dickon


by Seth Alan Bareiss

Published: April 2013 in Daily Science Fiction, also in audio form at Escape Pod

Genre: science fiction

Length: 7 pages

Setting: Earth after the singularity

Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian anthology

Summary: Ashley is a frustrated rebel. She and a group of other like-minded people started a war against the AIs. They won, and have even developed a government. However, Ashley is convinced the AIs lost on purpose. Rob, her boyfriend, doesn’t understand the problem. Society seems to be perfect. I can do anything I want, as long as it doesn’t infringe on anyone else’s rights (the perfect Heinlein society). The AIs just want everyone to be safe.

Final thoughts: As I started reading the story, I recognized it but couldn’t figure out where I had read it before. Turns out it was an Escape Pod episode. The story has an interesting premise. What if the AIs have become smarter than us, but instead of trying to destroy humanity (like we typically see, a la Terminator), they become a benevolent dictator trying to keep us all safe and happy. I do think there would be a portion of the population that wouldn’t be satisfied with safe and happy.

Title comes from: Not an obvious one. Perhaps the AIs have created a Paradise for humanity that some people still want to leave?



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