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Video Star

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Video Star

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Author: Walter Jon Williams
Publisher: Asimov's Science Fiction, 1986
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Book Type: Novelette
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Ric has survived a rival's attempt to poison him, but the hospital AIs pegged him as a suspect character with no job history and a suspicious amount of cash on his person, and they kept the treatments coming until he was broke.

Now he needs a new source of funds, and the hospital which stole his money is chock-full of a new neurohormone that's worth a fortune. All Ric needs is to manipulate a street gang into committing the crime for him, and then he'll betray everyone and live happily ever after.

But maybe he hasn't counted on a new technology aimed at turning him into the star of a very nasty reality show...

This novelette originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, July 1986. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection (1987). The story is included in the collection Facets (1990).


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