Rec: “The Perfect Porn” by Carl Franzen

The Perfect Porn” by Carl Franzen, Terraform 2017-02-14, science fiction short story

This is a tale of a company (and particularly an employee who is also our narrator) creating an AI which, in turn, creates specially tailored porn. The product is initially so compelling that their hit rate goes through the roof and they get richer as intended but it becomes more and more irresistible and its influence becomes much more significant.

I have to appreciate the cynicism or sense of irony or whatever it is that goes into making the special Valentine’s Day story a story about porn. It’s reminiscent, in a limited sense, of part of Steven Barnes’ “Fifty Shades of Grays” though, strictly in terms of fiction, it’s perhaps only adequate. In terms of content, it says what it is right in the title, so shouldn’t surprise anyone and it should be redundant to say that it may not be suitable for all audiences. However, if you’re willing to try it, you may be as impressed as I was at the bold commitment to the story and the extrapolative vigor which, in the end, carries the satire regarding its “Satyr” to absurd lengths. Certainly not a run-of-the-mill story.

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3 thoughts on “Rec: “The Perfect Porn” by Carl Franzen

  1. Well, especially considering it’s free, the story does give a lot of bang for the buck.

    You don’t cover Terraform at all, right? I’d be curious what you thought of it but I understand if it’s outside the parameters.

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  2. There’s a limit to how much one person can read and review. I’ll read stories in other venues when they get recommendations from the “prolific reviewers” on our list, and I’ve read at least one Terraform story that way, but not this one.

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