Story Review: A Reluctant Voyeur by Levi Charon

I just finished reading “A Reluctant Voyeur” by Levi Charon.

It’s a story about a man discovering by accident that he has ESP. He can read people’s minds.

The story’s plot device is simple, after hearing some specific music, his mind is released and he can enter others’ minds for a limited period of time.

As the story evolves, the guy’s powers evolve, but remain limited (which is a good thing for this type of story).

The refreshing difference about this story (for me at least) is that the protagonist tries to work with the government instead of being their target to control or destroy.

I highly recommend the story.

Review: The Preacher Man by hammingbyrd7

The Preacher Man by hammingbyrd7 is a story set in a far (more than 8000 years), post-apocalyptic, future about a new human society based on ‘Meritocracy’. It is a story of a great injustice inflicted on this future’s women and the unraveling of a cruel society at the hands of our protagonist in order to bring justice to all.

It’s an interesting read for sure. The author created an interesting world that was supposedly established by a founder greatly influenced by Islam. The society’s females were brought up to marriage age and prepared to live a life of slavery afterwards. On the night of their marriage, women’s brains were chemically fried to prohibit any long term memory retention, basically locking their personalities as ‘Eternal Virgins’, so that each day of their life was like their second day after marriage. This meshes well with Muslim heaven where each good man gets 72 virgins that stay virgins forever. They have sex with them and the next time it would be like it never happened. Personally, I wouldn’t want a virgin forever. It would be good if your partner knew what you liked and knew how to push the right buttons to bring you to a higher level of pleasure.

Few things in the story didn’t make much sense to me, like why would anybody want to have children in the described society? They can have as much sex without worrying about kids and after they have kids they don’t keep them, so there is no emotional incentive to conceive, especially in the society described by the author, where chances are that whatever offspring a man or woman has, they will never see them again and chances are that they won’t survive their school system. The author didn’t mention anything in the founder’s teachings that encouraged or mandated breeding.

The story is told in a series of snapshots of the protagonist’s life, nothing is mentioned about what goes on between those snapshots. No effort was made to depict the days to day way of life in such a future. The future described was a little cold for the lack of any kind of small details about daily life.

I recommend reading the story. It’s an enjoyable one, despite the author’s extreme affinity for numbers, dates and statistics :) .

I wonder whether the futuristic society created at the end of the story could survive long-term. Anecdotal evidence (from France for example) shows us that highly educated people that could control their breeding, and where women can decide whether they want to have children and how many, tend to have too few children to sustain their society.

I can see it all around me. Highly educated people tend to have too few children and the uneducated or ignorant tend to have a lot of them (in general, of course, like everything else, there are exceptions). This is the first time in history that humans face this issue. The more advanced we are, the less of us there are. It makes me wonder about our immediate future. A hundred years from now, who would be the dominant race on earth? will it be Muslims who’s religion and society mandate breeding like rabbits? Will the western societies survive such an onslaught? Will the future depicted in this story where Muslims prevailed come true just because of that reason? What do you think?

The author has writen a sequel to this story titled The Preacher’s Daughter.