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Duller’s Peace by Jason Sanford

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"Duller’s Peace" is a 2015 science fiction short story by Jason Sanford. It is about a girl who struggles to comply with her nation’s thought-reading motes.

Non-Spoiler Summary

Peace or Boredom by Trina Alexander, CC 2.0 License

Serija is often afraid that her thoughts will kill her relatives. She has good reason to believe that, though, because the microscopic “motes” that fill the air all around her have taken out people in the past. Now that she lives with her grandfather, a former freedom fighter, she is having a harder and harder time controlling her thoughts. So when his non-peaceful actions cause more problems than the two of them can handle, they come up with a plan that will hopefully make life a little easier for everyone!

My Two Cents

  • Story: 5 stars – An awesome idea which uses Big Data to take Big Brother to a whole other level!
  • Writing: 5 stars – Jason’s writing style and dialogue were both great in this story. It is always nice to not be interrupted by stilted or jarring conversations!
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – It was fun watching people who so obviously hate their nation struggle to think otherwise! And the ending left a nice little smile on my face!

Where To Find Duller’s Peace

  • This short story first appeared in the September 2015 edition of Asimov’s Science Fiction.
  • You can download "Duller’s Peace" (in several different formats) for free online at Jason Sanford’s web site.

Craving More SF Stories Like This One?

Jason Sanford has written a ton of very cool stories. I have reviewed a lot of them, so if you liked "Duller’s Peace" then check out some of his other awesome stories.