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Lobsters

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Lobsters

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Author: Charles Stross
Publisher: Asimov's Science Fiction, 2001
Series: Macx Family: Book 1

0. Accelerando
1. Lobsters
4. Halo
6. Nightfall
8. Elector

Book Type: Novelette
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Synopsis

Sturgeon, Hugo and Nebula Award nominated short story.

Manfred Macx is a patent junkie, spending his days dreaming up ideas that will make him rich, very rich indeed. He patents them and then offers them up to anyone for free. In doing so, he has shunned the need for cash, preferring to live off the generosity of his benefactors. Enter uploaded lobsters wanting to defect, government investigations, and a dominatrix ex-girlfriend who works for the IRS and you've got yourself a hip post-cyberpunk tale.

Manfred is a high octane, finger on the pulse, grab it before it's gone guy, focused on the moment, the idea, and the deal. His ex-girlfriend, however, has a subtle but very practical approach to the future. Is Manfred up for the latest and most challenging proposal of his life?

The story originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, June 2001. It can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Nineteenth Annual Collection (2002), edited by Gardner Dozois, Nebula Awards Showcase 2004, edited by Vonda N. McIntyre, Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction (2005), edited by Gardner Dozois, and Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology (2007), edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel. It is included in the 2006 edition of the collection Toast: And Other Rusted Futures and incorporated in the fix-up novel Accelerando (2005).


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