Monday, October 19, 2015

An Immense Darkness, by Eric James Stone

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, March 2015; ~3,200 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Antonio's project has developed a way to make virtual copies of living human brains, and now that's all he has left of his fiancee.

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

Pro: Nice arc from the start, where he's obsessed over the simulation to the end where he deletes them both. Nice that it's his fiancee who talks sense into him.

Con: The story is very simple--there's no complexity and no surprises. The government involvement seemed awfully casual. You'd think they'd be sending him people every day after this. Although the final conversation with Shanisha is effective, it doesn't feel quite as effective as it should be.

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Simple but fun story, the way it described torturing a simulation does give me a pause on thinking about those NPC I killed in video games… but not for long 😁