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Saturday, November 16, 2013

"Intelligent Design 2.0" by Ian Watson

First appeared online in Flurb.  Painting is by Rudy Rucker.

Adam and Eve appear on the scene already knowing everything--including things like shopping and predators--even though none of that is in existence yet.  Absurdity taken to the extreme.

This would probably be funnier if the source being mocked were made more clear.  There are likely many versions of intelligent design, but this isn't a version I'm familiar with.

Watson often does a fantastic job of asking "What if this were true?" and pointing out absurdities.  As a writer, I wonder which hits more readers squarely between the eyes:  one played with extreme absurdities or one played sympathetically--that is, heightened realism.

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