So I wrote this story earlier in the year after a trip to Walmart where I almost looked up reviews for a toothbrush. How pathetic, right? (Don’t worry, I didn’t. I can keep my dignity.) But I realized something—we, as a society, have been trained to rate things, and to judge those things based on scales and stars. It’s sad when you think about it.
But this gave me the bright idea to write a story about a near-future where people rate each other like products.
Well, fast forward to last week, and something called Peeple showed up trending on my Twitter. I didn’t think anything of it until one of my friends posted a Washington Post article about this Peeple app thingy-ma-jigger which plans on letting society rate each other on a scale of 1 to 5 stars as well as leave written reviews.
The first thing I thought was, “Holy crap, someone’s turning my fiction into reality!” And then I thought, “Holy crap, that’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard!”
Anyway, Peeple was aiming to launch in November, so I knew it was now or never for my story. I rush-pitched the idea to Sci Phi Journal, and the editor loved it. He had wanted to release a series of standalone stories, so mine, 1 Star, has been honored with becoming the first!
Obviously I’m pumped, and I hope you’re intrigued enough to go buy it on Amazon for $.99 and give it a read.
Many thanks to Sci Phi Journal for getting this out so fast. If you’re a writer, I highly recommend submitting to them. Excellent communication.
And on one final note, this idea was super fun to explore, but it’s not meant for the real world. I didn’t have anything positive to say in my fiction, so I certainly don’t have anything positive to say about Peeple.
John Oliver actually touched upon Peeple in one of his segments, and he couldn’t have said it any better.