Monday, November 23, 2015

Billy Tumult, by Nick Harkaway

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Billy Tumult is a psychic surgeon, who operates in virtual reality disguised as a wild-west cowboy. (4,300 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average
Recommended By: SFRevu:4 GDozois:5

"Billy Tumult," by (edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell), appeared in Stories for Chip (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: It's a nice twist when we learn that Billy is trying to operate on himself.

Con: The what-if is very hard to buy, even given the conclusion's statement that "your specialism's a crock."

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