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I have been searching for a science fiction short story that I found a few years ago. It involved Don Quixote magically being time warped into the modern era. He finds a Mexican-American soldier and the two begin a comical journey together.

The short story was written in the early to mid 90's and I found it in a Science Fiction Anthology. I remember that it was the funniest science fiction short story that I have ever read and I would love to be able to read it again.

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I believe you're looking for "Daddy's World" by Walter Jon Williams, originally published in "Not of Women Born" but you're much more likely to have seen it collected in "The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventeenth Annual Collection"

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In it, a child's perfect world is interrupted when he learns his body died and his brain scan is just a computer program ... and his family is using an AI interface to pretend everything is normal.

You can find a preview of the story here

  • While that story features Don Quixote as a virtual Spanish teacher, that is only a minor sideplot, and he does not go adventuring with a Mexican soldier, so I don't think that story fits. Good story though. – HugoRune Jun 1 '14 at 9:22
  • @hugorune -alas, since the OP has failed to comment, we may never know. The time frame fits, it's a comedy (of sorts) and it's been heavily anthologised over the years. – Valorum Jun 1 '14 at 9:34

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