The Eye that Never Weeps

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Steinmüller, Angela, and Karlheinz Steinmüller. "The Eye That Never Weeps" (German title "Das Auge, das niemals weint"). 1984. Translated by Mike Mitchell. The Black Mirror and Other Stories: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Germany and Austria. Franz Rottensteiner, editor. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2008.

Reviewed by Leon Marvell, SFRA Review #290 (Fall 2009): pp. 14-15, who finds it a fine "story set in a fictional Latin American country blighted by a “plutoniocracy” where the inhabitants and visitors to the province have embedded within their foreheads the device referred to in the title of the story: a radiation detector hardwired to the light-sensing part of the brain" (p. 15).[1]

Cf. and contrast implants in a variety of stories and films, from The Sirens of Titan to The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe to the original INVADERS FROM MARS.[2]

RDE, finishing, 25Feb21