Sunday, September 20, 2015

Foreclosure, by DJ Cockburn

Apex Magazine, June 2015; 4,200 words
Rating: 2, Not recommended

Collection agent in a flooded London performs a particularly nasty kind of foreclosure.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

The description of the drowned city is very vivid. The twist is entirely unexpected.

The premise is impossible to believe. That a man could sign his own organs away--maybe. Others (notably Niven) have made a variation on that idea work. But the idea that he could sign away his children's lives doesn't wash--not for a near-future story, anyway. The notion that the system would be so easily hacked doesn't really fly either, and the last-second reveal by Ellen falls flat. (E.g. if she was in on it--why did they need him to spell his name?)

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