I’m afraid I have to agree with Matt Cheney’s essay on the story just posted on Strange Horizons. I really love a lot of Geoff Ryman’s work, but this one feels like a misfire, for a lot of the reasons Matt mentions.
I’d go a step further than Matt and say context has a lot to do with the praise for the story. In the context of mainstream literary fiction, this story would likely be less praised because in that context it would be less unusual in the way it breaks the fourth wall. And it’s the way it uses postmodern technique–smugly, it seems to me–that made me react so violently against it. In short, the story feels not like cultural misappropriation so much as misappropriation of technique. The story did not give me the kind of unease that comes from authorial intent, but the kind of unease that comes from mistake.