Thursday, November 12, 2015

Life's A Game, by Charles Stross

Twelve Tomorrows, 2015; ~4,700 words
Rating: 3, Good, ordinary, story

Arrested in a foreign country, a UK game developer tries to explain to his lawyer why he shouldn't be charged with war crimes despite certain problems with his latest product.

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Pro: The arc of this story is all about finding out exactly what happened. Stross does a nice job of stringing us along, making us eager for each morsel of new info. The narrator is utterly unsympathetic, so it's satisfying at the end that his own system seems likely to result in a ruling against him.

Con: The basic idea is rather silly.

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