“Russ Reynolds, that’s me. You probably remember my name from when I ran the country for three days.”
Wikiworld is a quirky short story that doesn’t play around with throwing you directly into the world that Paul Di Filippo has created.
I started following 40kBooks, the publisher, on twitter a while ago, and I saw one day that they were offering a free short story for the first person to respond. I love a good story, and I couldn’t pass up the chance. I was fortunate enough to be the first person to respond, and the next time I turned on my Kindle, this amazing and just plain fun short story was in my TBR pile.
Wikis have taken control of a post-climate change world, where the lines between cyber reality and physical reality have been shattered. Russ, our narrator in this world, leads you through the set up to his three day stint as the jimmywhale (leader) of the post-US government, giving you a glimpse of a not-so-distant future that is reminiscent of Cory Doctorow’s “Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom” but completely his own amazingly quirky and a little frightening world.
I enjoyed this story so much, I was more than a little disappointed when it ended. I wanted to see more of this world, especially all of the side characters. Mr. di Filippo is a real artist, sliding you right in the story and not letting you go.
Wikiworld (one absolute knock-out story) is available on Amazon for $2.99.