Readers with iDevices might be interested to know that the originally serialized novel/app The Silent History is available free today and tomorrow in complete form from the App Store. While some of its more avant garde locational and social aspirations did not end up impressing me very much, the basic story itself, tracking over many decades a cohort of children mysteriously born without the ability to speak, is quite thought-provoking. The story is told through many different voices, with many different axes to grind, some of which will be particularly familiar to those with an interest in enhancement and human redesign. By turns satirical, amusing, shocking and poignant, I have greatly enjoyed it over the past months, and look forward to a quick reread now that it is complete. From early on I was more than satisfied with it having paid whatever its original price was, but you can’t beat free.


April 23, 2013