Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Stopped Clock, by Madeline Ashby

(Military SF) An elderly pair of food vendors in a near-future Seoul, Korea cope with increasingly troublesome malfunctions in the city's cyber infrastructure. (4,800 words; Time: 16m)

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

"," by (edited by August Cole), appeared in War Stories from the Future (RSR review), published on by .

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

Pro: Excellent portrayal of what a cyber attack might be like in a city that depended too much on the Internet never letting them down. The quiet endurance of the old couple is admirable. The daily injustices are painfully real.

Con: It's a linear tale. We never really feel emotionally involved with the protagonist.

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