"Quiz Show"

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Young-ha, Kim (or Kim Young-ha). "Quiz Show." Excerpt anthologized in Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction. Sunyoung Park and Sang Joon Park, editors. Los Angeles, USA (U of Southern CA): Kaya Press, 2019.

Reviewed by Samuel Gerald Collins in SFRA Review 329 (Summer 2019): 59-63.[1]

Collins notes that "[...] in an excerpt from Kim Young-ha’s 'Quiz Show,' two characters discuss the possibility that they are disembodied brains stored on a spaceship travelling to a distant star" (p. 62). Note for the "brain-in-a-vat" literary motif, also a thought-experiment in philosophy: "I think therefore I am" — but you may be only a brain in a vat of nutrient. In literature, note such notable works as "Mr. Spaceship," "Chicken Little," "Tithonus," "Plus," Mayflies, "The Knights of Arthur," and McCaffrey's The Ship Who Sang stories.

RDE, finishing, 29Nov20