Lisa Clark’s story “Switch” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 23 March 2018.
“Switch” came to me as a spin-off of the YA SF novel I’m working on called Skin Changers. In that story, juvenile offenders enter an immersive VR program as the means through which they are rehabilitated. But what if old people – people like Claudia in “Switch,” who grew up before the age of computers – could enter that type of program? What scenarios would they choose? How would it change them? Would addiction become a problem after seniors, reentering “life” again as young people in VR that is so realistic and tactile that their VR experiences become part of their memories the same way real-life recollections do? Would clients who are in pain and without hope attempt to use the program as a final solution to their desperation? So many questions could be explored. “Switch” allowed me to explore those and other ideas.