Saturday, November 21, 2015

Influence Isolated, Make Peace, by John Chu

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Cyborg struggles to prove he can fit into society now that the war is over. (6,963 words; Time: 23m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

Published as "ๅ‹ขๅญคๅ–ๅ’Œ (Influence Isolated, Make Peace)"
"," by , appeared in Lightspeed Magazine issue 61, published on .

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Pro: We like the concept of the cyborgs who are so capable that they find ordinary life dull. The tension between Jake and Tyler isn't so much sexual as physical; we wonder if one is going to have to kill the other. The ending is nice and tidy.

Con: Artificial gravity is a heck of a fantasy technology to introduce just to provide the cyborgs an escape strategy. Tyler's team allowing Jake's people to escape seems unlikely to be overlooked. If it was obvious to Jake that they let them go, it should be obvious to the DAIS folks.

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