Originally published online in Salon, July 16, 2003, under the title "Love in the Age of Spyware."
- Read on the "Escape Pod" podcast, 20 July 2006.
- Honorable mention, The Year's Best Science Fiction: 21st Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
Their affair was nurtured by a robot and watched by millionsbut its ratings were shaky.
This is strong, topical work, the narrative of a man who is wired to broadcast his every experience and emotion to a large urban audience; this apotheosis of voyeurism has enormous personal and global significance, and culminates in redemption individual andperhaps, perhapsgeneral as well. Shunn's AI is a fascinating construction.Nick Gevers, Locus
Like all of Bill's stories, this one is a concoction that blends social/technological speculation and a fine, bittersweet human story in perfect proportion.